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Zoran Announces Activa 100 DVD Recording Solution at CES 2003
Posted Jan 17, 2003 Print Version     Page 1of 1

Zoran Corporation announced at CES that the new Activa 100 DVD recording chip is shipping in sample quantities to major DVD recorder manufacturers. Activa 100 is the first in a line of encoding products to feature an optional hard disk drive. Coupled with the Vaddis 5R DVD multimedia processor, tailored for recording applications, consumer electronics manufacturers will now be able to introduce DVD recording and playback products with HDD storage for under $500. The Activa 100 and Vaddis 5R chipset enables "watch and record" applications, where the user watches a DVD title while recording another program. It also supports timeshifting using either a hard disk drive or a DVD recordable disc. High quality two, four, or six-hour recording on a single DVD disc is reminiscent of the SP/LP/ELP modes on VCRs. Activa 100 has a 32-bit RISC CPU, MPEG encoder, motion estimation unit, DV25 decoder, analog video decoder, and I/Os. Activa 100 embeds a DV25 decoder, which accepts digital content from a IEEE1394/DV camcorder, decodes it, and allows a preview to the TV, as well as transcode to MPEG-2 onto HDD or DVD disc in real-time. The recorder can create DVD-Video or DVD-VR. Memories stored in DVD-Video format can be played back on most DVD players on the market. Since the complete path from camcorder to DVD disc is digital, the pristine quality of the original is preserved. The Activa 100 has an audio DSP to support certified Dolby Digital Consumer Encoder (DDCE) and MPEG audio encoded formats. With a full-featured DVD recorder system software, the Activa 100 and Vaddis 5R are designed to improve the consumer's DVD recorder experience by enabling simplified DVD authoring, menu creation, and editing capabilities navigated via rich graphics. The Activa 100 reference design supports authoring to popular media such as DVD-R/-RW/-RAM/+R/+RW, CD-R/-RW, hard disk drive, as well as logical formats such as DVD-Video and DVD-VR. Activa 100 is available immediately in sample quantities to qualified OEMs. Pricing is $15 in high volume quantities.


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