July 14, 2008

Hauppauge Selects NXP System-on-Chip for Dual Hybrid PC TV Tuner

NXP Semiconductors has announced that Hauppauge Computer Works, a manufacturer of PC TV receiver, has selected the NXP SAA7164E PC TV system-on-chip, as well as its silicon tuner TDA18271HD, to power the Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express tuner - a dual hybrid PC TV tuner for the North American market with hardware encoding.

With the WinTV-HVR-2250, users can 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 Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 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.

Hauppauge takes full advantage of the SAA7164 dual-channel PC TV SOC offered by NXP, the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips. The highly integrated NXP SAA7164 SOC enables true watch and record capability, integrating dual-channel TV capability with native hardware encoding to reduce the CPU overhead demands on consumer PC systems.

The single-slot Hauppauge 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.

Using the WinTV-HVR-2250 MC, consumers can use Microsoft Media Center's TV scheduler to automatically record their favorite TV shows and play back recordings at any time on their PC screens. The Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 is the North American version of the WinTV-HVR2200, which supports European standards such as PAL TV and DVB-T, and also uses the NXP SAA7164E SOC and TDA18271HD tuner chip.