|MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 19, 2000--C-Cube Microsystems today announced that consumer electronics giant Samsung Electronics has begun volume production of advanced DVD players designed with C-Cube's next-generation DVD decoder, a solution that delivers industry-leading audio-video capabilities while reducing production costs.
"ZiVA-4 has enabled Samsung to design DVD players that set a new standard for video and audio quality," said Mr. Young Soon Park, General Manager of Samsung Electronics' DVD Research and Development Team. "Our new ZiVA-4-based players deliver among the most advanced features and capabilities in the home-entertainment industry."
ZiVA-4 builds on C-Cube's highly successful ZiVA-3 solution with higher levels of integration and advanced audio and video features including MP3 audio decode to play back personalized CDs, x2 audio to scan through movies, on-the-fly video zoom of movies, and slow-motion forward and reverse. ZiVA-4 also has an integrated video encoder featuring full support for all major NTSC and PAL standards and four video-output DACs that support composite, S-video, and component video outputs, along with the European SCART standard.
"We are delighted that Samsung selected our ZiVA-4 for its next generation of DVD players," said Fermi Wang, vice president and general manager of C-Cube's Home Media Division."ZiVA-4 is yet another step we are taking along the path of ever-higher integration, combining functionality previously required of multiple chips."
ZiVA-4 includes the following advanced audio and video features:
-- Dolby Digital(TM) audio decode
-- MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 multi-channel audio decode
-- MP3 audio decode
-- Dedicated 54 MIPS audio DSP that delivers:
-- Home theater effects including WideSound(TM), RealSonic
concert hall, RealSonic dynamic range compression and graphic
-- Professional karaoke functions including key control,
microphone echo and treble, simulated stereo, and vocal
harmony, chorus, scoring, flange, reverb
-- Spatializer N-2-2(TM) virtual 6-speaker support
-- Dolby Pro-Logic(TM) decode
-- DTS(TM) digital out
-- Bass redirection
-- MPEG-2 and MPEG-1 video decode
-- Zoom and fade-in/fade-out functions for still and motion pictures
-- DiscView(TM) for simultaneous viewing of nine index images
-- Full fast-forward, reverse and slow-motion trick play
-- Support for 8 bit per pixel OSD (On Screen Display)
NTSC/PAL Video Encoder
-- Four 10-bit video DACs
-- Standard NTSC/PAL, PAL-M, PAL-N, and PAL-Nc for South America
-- PAL-60 or Quasi-PAL (displays NTSC disc on PAL TV)
-- Macrovision encoding on all outputs
ZiVA-4 provides OEMs with full disc playback compatibility for DVD, Chaoji VCD, SuperVCD, VCD, CD-DA, and MP3 for both NTSC and PAL, and provides full compatibility with and easy migration from ZiVA-3. ZiVA-4 is now in high-volume production.
C-Cube Microsystems leads the industry in providing silicon solutions that are driving the global transition from analog to digital video and audio in the home. C-Cube focuses on broadband communications and codec products. C-Cube's broadband products enable video and data to be transmitted through interactive digital set-top boxes and digital networks. C-Cube's codec products are enabling new digital video consumer applications such as digital VHS, personal video recorders, DVD players and recorders, and video editing systems. C-Cube is headquartered in Milpitas, California with offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. Its stock is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol CUBE. C-Cube can be reached at 408/490-8000 or at http://www.c-cube.com.
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