DVD-H1000D DVD Player Relies On
Genesis Chip For Progressive-Scan Output
TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 19,
1999--Genesis Microchip announced today Panasonic uses the Genesis
gmVLX1A single-chip video processor in Panasonic's new
progressive-scan digital video disc (DVD) and compact disc player.
The DVD-H1000D showcases
Panasonic's most advanced technology by producing a superb,
film-like video picture. Video images are sharp, stable and show
vivid color reproduction. The player's progressive-scan output is
provided by the Genesis gmVLX1A chip.
"Panasonic was one of the first
companies to recognize the quality of the gmVLX1A and design with
the chip," said Panasonic's Kenjiro Kuno, Director, Optical Disc
Systems Division. "Our H1000 DVD player utilizes the chip's
state-of-the-art digital image processing to provide
progressive-scan video of outstanding quality. Everyone who has
seen it says it's the best quality image they've seen."
The gmVLX1A integrated circuit
(IC) utilizes Genesis Microchip's most advanced vertical/temporal
filtering and scaling algorithms to convert interlaced
(television-style) video for display on high-resolution,
non-interlaced displays (e.g., digital TVs, PC monitors, LCD TVs,
video projectors, high-end home entertainment systems, etc.).
Conversion techniques are often called "line doubling" because
television video uses an "interlacing" method of displaying half
the video lines at any moment. Non-interlaced displays are often
called "progressive-scan" monitors because, unlike television
screens, they display an entire video image in one pass.
The Genesis chip ensures output
video is always clean, sharp and stable; other processing methods
often produce "jaggy" or "blocky" images.
"We believe the progressive-scan
output feature will become more popular and migrate to
higher-volume DVD markets," said Peter Mandl, Genesis Microchip's
Marketing Director, Consumer Products Unit. "We're currently
seeing a trend where large-screen and other high-end TVs are
utilizing non-interlaced displays, thereby increasing the need for
DVD players that support progressive-scan output."
Although primarily a line-doubling
IC, the gmVLX1A offers many advanced features such as superb
real-time shrink and zoom, image sharpening and antialiasing
filters, gamma correction, on-chip color space conversion, plus an
innovative "advanced film mode" used to de-interlace video dubbed
from a film source. Applications benefiting from this single-chip
technology include DVD players, home theater, digital TV, PC-TV,
projection systems, plasma displays, and scan doubling/quadrupling
Panasonic will release the
DVD-H1000D to both North American and Japanese markets in October
Matsushita Electric Industrial
Co., Ltd. is one of the world's largest producers of electronic
and electric products and a key developer of DVD technology.
Worldwide, Matsushita has more than 270,000 employees. The
company's principal North American subsidiary, Matsushita Electric
Corp. of America, markets products under the Panasonic, Quasar and
Technics brand names. Matsushita Electric subsidiaries and
affiliates in North America employ over 20,000 people in the U.S.,
Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Genesis Microchip Inc. -- an
ISO9001-registered company -- designs, produces and markets highly
integrated semiconductors for flat panel displays, home theater
equipment, projection systems, video workstation gear and dozens
of other applications. Products using Genesis chips can be found
from Acer, Apple Computer, CTX Opto-Electronics, Daewoo
Electronics, Dell, Fujitsu, IBM, In Focus Systems, Hitachi,
Mitsubishi, NEC, Philips, Samsung, SGI, Sharp, Sony, Tatung, Texas
Instruments, ViewSonic and more than 200 other companies.
In May 1999, Genesis Microchip
merged with Paradise Electronics to broaden its flat-panel
enabling technology with Paradise's mixed-signal integrated
circuits. Genesis is headquartered in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada,
while its U.S. subsidiaries are located in San Jose and Mountain
View, Calif. Further information is available at: http://www.genesis-microchip.com
Robert Hunter, 905/763-4261