CD10 Chipset Provides Low Cost
Solution for Stationary And Auto Audio Applications
WIRE)--July 12, 1999--Philips Semiconductors today announced the
CD10 chipset, the world's first two chip solution to deliver CD-RW
(compact disc, re-writeable) compatibility for CD audio players.
The CD10 chipset allows designers
to build audio players that can read all forms of CDs, without an
increase in component count.
"CD audio recorders have
introduced CD-RW technology to the home audio market," said
Charles Limonard, international product manager for consumer
CD/DVD systems at Philips Semiconductors.
"Many CD players cannot play
discs recorded on CD-RW audio recorders. Discs written by CD-RW
drives reflect a much lower level of light than pressed CDs or
those written with a CD-R recorder, which results in the
generation of a lower level electrical signal. With Philips
Semiconductors' CD10 chipset, audio CD players can play home
"All the major high-end CD
equipment manufacturers are already using Philips Semiconductors'
digital servo technology integrated in the CD7 product due to its
superior ability to play discs that are damaged or non-standard,"
continued Limonard. "The Philips Semiconductors CD10
incorporates this same technology with the added functionality
necessary to support CD-RW audio playback."
The CD10 Solution
There are two chips in the CD10
chipset, the TZA1024/25/26, which provides a data amplifier and
laser supply circuit, while the SAA7324/25/26 is the digital
servo, decoder and DAC. Three versions of the set are available:
the CD10 is intended for 2X systems, including portable
applications; the CD10LC is ideal for budget 1X systems and most
stationary systems; and the CD10Auto is designed for in-car use.
Philips Semiconductors' CD10
chipset is particularly suitable for applications such as portable
radio-CD-cassette players (boom-boxes), personal CD players,
integrated mini/micro systems and lower-cost in-car entertainment
systems. The CD10 is software compatible with Philips
Semiconductors' previous generation, the widely used CD7.
Pricing and Availability
Samples of the CD10 chipset are
available now in the QFP 64 package from Philips Semiconductors.
Pricing for a 2X system for example, the TZA1024 with the SAA7324
is $2.80 in quantities of 500,000 or more. This price is valid
when purchasing a complete 2X system kit from Philips
The developers' kit, which only
requires connection to a power supply before starting design work,
includes the CD10 chip set, supporting interface devices, a main
PCB and connector, and user interface PCBs. Software and full
documentation, a user manual, assembly drawings and circuit
diagrams are also included.
About Philips Semiconductors
Philips Semiconductors, a
subsidiary of Philips Electronics North America Corporation and an
affiliate of Royal Philips Electronics, headquartered in Eindhoven,
The Netherlands, is the eighth largest semiconductor supplier in
the world (according to Dataquest's 1998 ranking by sales).
innovations in digital audio, video, and mobile technology
position the company as a leader in the consumer, multimedia and
wireless communications markets. Sales offices are located in all
major markets around the world and are supported by systems labs.
Additional information on Philips
Semiconductors can be found on the home page at www.semiconductors.philips.com
or by calling 800/447-1500 ext. 1798.
Jodi Guilbault, 408/991-2332
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