3/22/2004 - Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) announced its Nexperia Personal Media Player reference design based on Philips Nexperia PNX1500 media processor. The Nexperia Personal Media Player is an ideal reference design for mobile device manufacturers, offering high-resolution video recording and playback as well as connectivity to PCs and home entertainment systems. Personal media devices based on the Philips reference design will allow consumers to connect, wired or wirelessly, to their PCs and home entertainment appliances to record and store high-quality digital audio and video and then watch movies, listen to music and view photos on the move.
"As evidenced by the growth of portable digital music (MP3) players, consumers are seeking access to entertainment and media wherever they go," said Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies. "The possibilities are endless and the next trend will take us beyond audio as consumers are increasingly demanding access to their digital content, such as photos, movies and TV shows on a mobile platform." The Philips Nexperia Portable Media Player, powered by the PNX1500 media processor, is designed specifically to deliver to manufacturers a ready-made solution to address this growing market opportunity.
Philips Nexperia Personal Media Player reference design offers compatibility with a variety of leading audio and video standards, including MP3, AAC, Dolby˛ Digital, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and DivX®. The PNX1500-based Personal Media Player can also encode full-resolution video into numerous formats, such as DivX and MPEG-4 for recording onto its internal hard disk drive or flash memory cards. The reference design features wireless connectivity using Philips' high-performance IEEE 802.11a/b/g chipset. Lastly, for the very highest video quality on LCD screens, the Personal Media Player leverages the PNX1500's advanced LCD controller, motion-adaptive de-interlacing and high-definition video up-scaling.
"We're pleased to work with Philips, as a leading technology provider for connected consumer devices, to bring DivX support to the Philips Nexperia Personal Media Player reference design, and we look forward to supporting Philips' customers to achieve DivX Certification," said Jordan Greenhall, CEO and co-founder of DivXNetworks, Inc.
"Over 100 million consumers have downloaded DivX onto their systems and videos encoded with DivX technology are among the highest quality digital videos available anywhere. With a relatively small file size, DivX is an ideal fit for recording and playback on a portable media jukebox."
"Philips Nexperia Personal Media Player reference design, with its unique combination of media processing, network connectivity and display enhancement, is offering CE manufacturers a high-quality and reliable platform for next-generation Personal media devices," said Chris Day, senior marketing director, media processing, Philips Semiconductors. "Ultimately, consumers will be able to listen to thousands of hours of music, watch hours of movies and store hundreds of digital photo albums - all on the go."
Philips will begin sampling the Nexperia Personal Media Player reference design in April 2004.
About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of EUR 29 billion in 2003. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, medical diagnostic imaging and patients monitoring, and one-chip TV products. Its 164,500 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, semiconductors, and medical systems. Philips is quoted on the NYSE (symbol: PHG), Amsterdam and other stock exchanges. News from Philips is located at www.semiconductors.philips.com.
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