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PCI Express TV Tuner Powered By NXP Semi ICs

Hauppauge Computer Works’ PCI Express TV tuner will employ three ICs from NXP Semiconductors. The WinTV-HVR-2250 will incorporate the NXP SAA7164E PC TV system-on-a-chip (SoC) as well as two TDA18271HD silicon tuners.

The highly integrated NXP SAA7164 SOC enables true watch-and-record capability, integrating dual-channel TV functionality with native hardware encoding to reduce the CPU overhead demands on consumer PC systems. The SOC also includes fully integrated remote control; the widest range of video encoding compression formats, including MPEG-2/4 and VC-1; and advanced video processing technologies, including an integrated 3D comb-filter and 3D noise filtering. Advanced encoding capabilities enable support for DVD, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, Sony PSP, PS3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Zune, Zen, Archos, and various multimedia phone formats. The single-slot WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express tuner board also uses a pair of NXP TDA18271HD tuner chips to decode NTSC, ATSC, and clear QAM digital cable signals.

A unique dual-hybrid PC TV tuner with hardware encoding for the North American market, the WinTV-HVR-2250 lets users watch a digital or analog TV program on their PC screen, while watching, pausing, or recording a second program of any type at the same time. The tuner supports popular analog and digital TV formats used in North America, including NTSC analog terrestrial and cable TV, over-the-air ATSC high-definition digital TV, plus clear QAM digital cable TV.

“By working with NXP, we’ve been able to design the first dual analog/digital PC-TV tuner board for the North American market,” said Ken Plotkin, Hauppauge Computer Works CEO. “The WinTV-HVR-2250 is a solution that gives our customers the freedom to view, capture and record TV programs when and how they want to from the most popular sources.”

Hauppauge Computer Works
www.hauppage.com

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