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HDcctv Alliance Announces Analog Devices, Cop UK, Pacific Corp, UFINE, and Win4Net Join Global Security Consortium











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Sydney, Australia (PRWEB) March 15, 2010

HDcctv Alliance®, the global security industry consortium established to manage and promote technical standards for HDcctv™ equipment interoperability, announced today that five new members – Analog Devices, Cop UK, Pacific Corporation, UFINE and Win4Net – have joined the Alliance. The Alliance is quickly growing its international membership with registration available at http://www.highdefcctv.org or at their Booth #42001, at ISC West, Las Vegas, March 24-26, where many HDcctv Alliance members will be demonstrating their products.

HDcctv-based systems transmit HDTV signals digitally over conventional CCTV media without packetization and without any perceivable compression latency. The HDcctv Alliance has partnered with SMPTE to reference the family of broadcast video interfaces known as HD-SDI to create a derivative standard to enable plug-and-play security systems and equipment that deliver high-resolution, high-definition (HD) surveillance video with no transmission delays, no image artifacts from transmission, with the highest possible signal integrity.

With new members joining from Japan, Korea, England, and the USA, the Alliance is expanding their already significant international presence and diverse array of security products, from component, OEM and branded equipment manufacturers to security sales, support and system installers.

New Alliance member Analog Devices, Inc (NYSE: ADI) is a multinational semiconductor company, headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world, specializing in data conversion and signal conditioning technology.

“Analog Devices is constantly evaluating emerging technologies such as HDcctv to determine alignment to our signal processing product capabilities. We are excited to join the Alliance as an actively contributing member and look forward to continuing the process of positioning our existing and potential new product developments for adoption within the burgeoning HDcctv application space,” said Michael Long, Analog Devices’ security segment manager.

Cop UK, based in North England, with offices in Taiwan, China, Scandinavia and the USA, have supplied and supported more than 2,000,000 products to the security industry in the UK with installations ranging from single-owner/manager companies to large corporations with national installation bases, with an annual turnover in the UK in excess of 10,000,000 USD.

“Cop UK believes the HDcctv Alliance represents a major step forward in meeting the ever-increasing demand for higher-quality, higher-resolution CCTV for our customer base that network camera solutions cannot fulfill,” said Chris Bentley, CEO Cop UK. “Many of our customers have no networking background and consider network cameras as belonging to the ‘big installers club’: too expensive and complicated to install. HDcctv is the logical way forward for small installations that represents a large proportion of the total UK CCTV installation base and fits our customer base perfectly.”

“HDcctv ideally suits our customers’ requirements for quality and ease of installation, at an affordable price point. Our plan is to be selling Cop UK HDcctv products in the UK by the end of 2010 that will include our own brand cameras and embedded DVRs currently under development. We will also be launching a small range of ancillary items like repeaters to provide our customers with a one-stop solution for HDcctv,” Chris added.

Pacific Corporation is the first Japanese company to join the HDcctv Alliance and will demonstrate a 1080p30 auto-focus 18x-zoom camera built to meet HDcctv v1.0 specifications in their ISC West Booth #42003.

“By joining the HDcctv Alliance we gain the ability to collaborate with and share the resources of many companies that have the same goal of bringing the highest quality HD video to the main stream CCTV market,” said Isao Omata, director of sales, Pacific Corporation. “We can seamlessly work with HDcctv members and component manufacturers to ensure our products meet high performance standards and are interoperable, like our HDcctv zoom camera we will be demonstrating at ISC West which incorporates HDcctv Alliance member AltaSens’ wide dynamic range image sensor.”

Win4NET, Ltd, headquartered in Seoul, Korea, manufactures a diverse array of security products including DVR’s, HVR’s, NVR’s, network software solutions, video servers and auxiliary products that include speed dome cameras, storage boxes, housing and bracket, and system equipment. The Trium Security brand, established in 2007 as a separate business entity of Win4NET, Ltd., stands apart as an experienced, professional brand name in the North American security industry and will be exhibiting at ISC West in Booth #23097.

“Joining the HDcctv Alliance is in line with our goals to build a new business foundation based on new products that match the customer’s need, combined with extensive promotional campaigns and increased sales,” said Chris Wembridge, Win4NET Sales Manager. “HDcctv and Win4NET principles are consistent: that surveillance and physical security products should be reliable, cost effective, and readily integrated into new, or concurrently with, existing installations and procedures.”

UFINE Logics & Chips Co., Ltd., located in Gyeonggi-do, Korea, just released a single-chip image signal processor (ISP) optimized for high-resolution applications including HDcctv cameras. UFINE’s ISP chip includes HDcctv interface logic and can process 1080p30 images while implementing such functions as wide dynamic range (WDR), 3D DNR, 3A (AE, AWB, AF), OSD, motion detection, digital zooming and more. Unique functions can easily be added by firmware inside the microcontroller unit (MCU) embedded in the chip.

“We believe that joining the HDcctv Alliance provides a good opportunity for UFINE and our customers, who are CCTV camera manufacturers developing HDcctv cameras,” said Chang-Hyun, Nam, vice president, UFINE Logics & Chips Co., Ltd. “By implementing HDcctv features in the ISP, UFINE makes it easy for our customers to develop cost-effective HDcctv cameras. Together with our customer partners, we intend to contribute to HDcctv market expansion as an active member of HDcctv Alliance.”

Visit the HDcctv Alliance at ISC West, Las Vegas, Booth 42001, March 24-26 and attend the ISC West session panel entitled “High Definition Surveillance: A Clearer Picture” with Todd Rockoff, executive director, HDcctv Alliance, and moderated by Scott Goldfine, editor-in-chief, Security Sales & Integration Magazine, Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 4:00 p.m., in rooms AD04/CS04.

Visit HDcctv Alliance members’ booths at ISC West to fill out a raffle card and qualify to win one of 11 prizes including an HDcctv camera grand prize, two iPads, three valuable art pieces, and five blueCaps coax terminator kits.

Todd Rockoff will also represent the HDcctv Alliance in the panel discussion “Video Surveillance 2.0: HD Standards and Challenges” with PSIA and ONVIF at SecuTech, Taipei, Taiwan, April 22, 1:30 p.m.

To learn more about HDcctv, watch videos on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee1Iq8mBCYg

About HDcctv Alliance

HDcctv Alliance is a non-profit, global consortium that manages global industry specifications for high-definition closed-circuit television (HDcctv). HDcctv systems transmit digital video over various media. HDcctv includes features for security applications, while it is derived from broadcast industry standards for serialized transmission of uncompressed video over coaxial cable. The Alliance promotes industry adoption of HDcctv and provides education to the security industry and end market. The Alliance compliance program facilitates the development of high-quality interoperable HDcctv devices. Devices that have passed compliance testing display the HDcctv logo and are promoted by the Alliance. Detailed information about the HDcctv Specification is available only to members on the Alliance’s Website. Further information is available by visiting the HDcctv Alliance website at http://www.highdefcctv.org

About Analog Devices

Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest standing, highest growth companies within the technology sector. Acknowledged industry-wide as the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves over 60,000 customers, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Celebrating 40 years as a leading global manufacturer of high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications, Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog Devices’ common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “ADI” and is included in the S&P 500 Index. http://www.analog.com

HDcctv and the HDcctv logos are trademarks of the HDcctv Alliance.

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Analog Devices Brings SoundMAX to HDTV : – Realistic audio rendering complements HD image quality.












LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) September 15, 2008

“The proliferation of flat-panel plasma and LCD TVs is placing new demands on the audio signal processing chain,” said Bill Bucklen, segment director for Advanced TV, Analog Devices, Inc. “While designers strive to deliver a realistic audio experience that approximates surround-sound speaker systems or pre-packaged home theater-in-a-box systems, manufacturers must contend with smaller HDTV form factors that leave little room for high-fidelity speakers. Consumer Electronics Association market data indicates that 85 percent of HDTVs will not be connected to an external AV receiver or multiple speakers. This means that most HDTVs must be capable of providing a high-quality audio experience using internal audio systems.”

With the SoundMAX library of over 60 algorithms, television audio designers can take advantage of the industry’s only platform to address the design needs of the entire HDTV audio signal chain. This complete portfolio allows system designers to unlock the full audio potential of the HDTV experience and provides a single resource for designing multiple TV platforms across a wide range of price points.

“By combining ADI’s audio building blocks, algorithms, system-level innovations and design support into one platform, the SoundMAX audio solutions portfolio enables HDTV designers to deliver the gold-standard in TV audio,” said Bucklen. “In addition, designers can reduce development costs by 20 percent or more over solutions that require customers to purchase TV audio components and software from multiple vendors.”

World-class Audio Performance for HDTVs

The SoundMAX for TV audio solutions portfolio includes all necessary analog and digital signal processing, multi-channel audio decoding, post-processing and algorithm-supported audio enhancements required to build a complete high-definition (HD) audio signal chain. This includes ADI’s advanced television audio processors, Class-D amplifiers, HDMI receivers, design environments, such as the SigmaStudio™ graphical programming tool for ADI audio processors, and audio algorithms. Both ADI-developed and third-party audio algorithms are included.

Audio Processors: Heightened HDTV Experience and Reduced Time-to-Market

The SoundMAX for TV audio solutions platform includes a broad spectrum of cost-effective, fully programmable audio processors that speed delivery of audio enhancements in flat-panel plasma and LCD HDTV designs. ADI’s ADAV4622, ADAV4601 and ADAV4322 SoundMAX audio processors incorporate a powerful embedded processing engine to manage the audio performance of space-constrained speakers in today’s thin, flat-panel, LCD and plasma TV designs. This “digital audio enhancement engine” does all the processing necessary to deliver the big sound required to match high-definition video quality. This feature is coupled with high-performance, multi-channel, 24-bit analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) and digital-to-analog converters (DACs) that accept analog line inputs from HD components, such as set-top boxes and DVD players, and drive either analog or PWM (pulse width modulated) digital audio to power amplifiers for speakers or auxiliary outputs. Designed to work with ADI’s newest HDMI receivers and Class-D power stages, the audio processors allow designers to reduce “pop click” audio errors during system start-up, change audio sources seamlessly and deliver the high-quality audio required to match today’s HD video display.

Class-D Amplifiers: Big Sound from Small HDTV Speakers

HDTV audio designers can take advantage of ADI’s SoundMAX Class-D audio amplifiers, the ADAU1592 and ADAU1513, which optimally interface to HDTV audio processors and can deliver two-channel output at up to 18 W with 0.005 percent THD+N. In addition, ADI’s space-saving Class-D audio amplifiers provide the power needed to deliver the same audio experience consumers are accustomed to receiving from large HDTV cabinets. These Class-D amplifiers are designed to work seamlessly together with SoundMAX audio processors.

Comprehensive Library of HDTV Audio Algorithms

World-class audio performance requires a comprehensive library of SoundMAX audio processing algorithms. Analog Devices’ library of SoundMAX audio enhancement algorithms includes support for popular audio algorithms from third-party developers, such as Dolby Laboratories, Inc.; SRS Labs, Inc.; and BBE Sound, Inc.; and a wide range of ADI-developed TV audio algorithms including:

—Automatic Volume Control – compensates for volume changes

—Surround – delivers five discrete channels of surround from just two audio channels

—Virtualizer – converts 5.1 channel surround audio to two channel binaural format

—Dynamic Bass Boost – ensures that lower levels of audio receive more bass boost

—Midnight Mode – calms high-level audio passages and raises quiet levels of audio

—Spatializer – enriches 3D surround audio for headphones and stereo speakers

—Lip Sync Delay – compensates for any delays in video processing

—Programmable Parametric EQ – delivers custom home theater audio effects

Requiring no DSP programming knowledge, designers can use the SigmaStudio “drag-and-drop” interface to select from the large SoundMAX library of pre-developed TV audio processing blocks and easily build multi-channel audio platforms.

For more information on ADI’s SoundMAX for TV audio solutions portfolio, visit http://www.analog.com/soundmaxtv. For more information on ADI in audio, visit http://www.analog.com/audio.

About Analog Devices

Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest standing, highest growth companies within the technology sector. Acknowledged industry-wide as the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves over 60,000 customers, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Celebrating over 40 years as a leading global manufacturer of high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications, Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog Devices’ common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “ADI” and is included in the S&P 500 Index. http://www.analog.com

SoundMAX and Advantiv are registered trademarks and SigmaStudio is a trademark of Analog Devices, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.









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Recent years, as people’s desire for high-definition TV signals, digital television was booming, completely abandon the analog TV to watch programs there are reticulate, snow, noise and other phenomena, so that people feel the information on Digital Transfer of fruit.

The hotel as a key tourist hotel in terms of entertainment, the CCTV system is the understanding of domestic and foreign guests, news, watching film and television, entertainment and other major carriers, the quality of its television signal for the reputation of the hotel, guests mood regulation is important. In order to meet passenger demand for viewing high-definition television signals, most of the hotel Hotel and gradually build digital television system. However, if the TV set-top boxes are coupled not only to purchase a large number of set-top boxes need to spend large sums of money, but the cost per year of the ratings is spending a small fortune, enough so that hotel and hostel operators headaches. To do this, how to build both high-definition TV signal receiver, but also save costs for digital TV audience ratings system, has become the hotel operator was the immediate problem. Albert

Technology Co., Ltd. Beijing Haight (http://www, hyteway.com) as a domestic supplier of professional broadcasting industry, for hotel and hostel industry challenges facing the digital TV viewing, the Joint United States, Chinese Academy of Sciences and other research institutes established specifically the research group, conducted in-depth investigation, research, development and design, the first in the framework of the set of “economic, scientific, practical,” in one of the hotel and hostel digital TV switch to analog systems. The platform has a simple construction, of excellent cheap, economic practicability, the hotel Hotel Digital TV switch to analog system of choice.

Two, hotel digital TV switch to analog system design basis

Hotel and hostel digital TV switch to analog system solutions, Haight Albert designed in strict accordance with relevant national standards and industry standard design, the main basis for the following:

GB50200? 94 “Cable TV Systems Technology Standards ”

GB6510? 1996 “television and sound signals of cable distribution systems,”

GB11318? 89 “30MHz-1GHz sound and television signals of cable distribution system equipment and components”

GY/T106? 92 “cable television system technical specifications”

GY/T118? 1995 “cable television and cable broadcasting of cable transmission system technical requirements”

Film and Television Bureau GF technical words [1993] 796 Man “on the cable system network technology advice at this stage”

3, hotel digital TV switch to analog system design principles

Hotel and hostel digital TV switch analog system design, Hite Albert follow the “advanced nature, science, economy, practicality,” the principle of unity, to create clear and stylish platform for digital TV switch to analog systems.

Advanced: Hotel Hotel Digital TV switch to analog system uses the most advanced digital signal multiplexing demodulation, RF high frequency modulation techniques, digital TV switch to analog systems to ensure a clear signal.

Science: Hotel Hotel Digital TV switch to analog system uses high reliability frequency vestigial sideband SAW filter, a variety of lock modes, scientific control channel attenuation, flatness, modulation, so that channel modulation stable, reliable, does not appear intermodulation, interference phenomenon.

Stability: Hotel Hotel Digital TV switch to analog system is stable and reliable GaAs RF devices, ensure a high carrier to noise ratio, high reliability and easy operation.

Economy: hotels Hotel Digital TV switch to analog systems economy for all to see, building use fee of only pure digital television system, one of a dozen points, considerable savings in hotel and hostel expenses.

Four, hotel digital TV switch to analog system design theory

1, hotel and hostel digital TV switch to analog systems theory

Typically, digital TV signals through the cable involved Hotels. First, a digital TV signal transmission cable access optical receiver, the digital television signal from the optical signals into RF radio frequency signal; and then, through the distributor will be multiple digital TV signals distribution, multi-input digital television demodulator devices, digital TV demodulator into a ring clear and true video signal; then enter the professional Adjacent Modulator host of different TV signals modulated high-frequency band to different; Finally, a number of different frequency modulated television signals, the output to adjacent channel mixer for frequency division multiplexing, through trunk amplifier, output to the original CCTV network, the hotel hotel, hotel transfer to the hotel TV, via remote control to watch.

4.2 Hotel Hotel Digital TV switch to analog system diagram

Hotel and hostel digital TV switch to analog system design theory

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Analog Devices Enables Hitachi Wireless Video Hub to Deliver Rich HD Entertainment to LCD HDTVs : – ADI’s Advantiv advanced television solutions enable Hitachi’s wireless video hub to deliver crystal-clear HD video content wirelessly to its ultra-thin Wooo UT flat-panel HDTVs.












NORWOOD, Mass. (PRWEB) May 29, 2008

“As demand for wireless digital entertainment increases, ADI’s signal processing technology plays an important role in helping Hitachi realize many of its pioneering ideas,” said Bill Bucklen, director, Advanced Television Segment, Analog Devices. “ADI’s broad portfolio of audio and video signal processing solutions helped Hitachi deliver a compelling HD viewing experience for their Wooo UT LCD-TV customers.”

Hitachi’s TP-WL700H wireless unit, which employs UWB (ultra wide band) wireless technology, uses three Advantiv advanced television solutions ICs to provide enhanced HD video compression, decompression and transmission technology.

“Analog Devices is pleased to play a role in this revolutionary new technology that will shape the way consumers view wireless HD content on flat-panel TVs,” said Bucklen. “As the HD video format continues to flourish, manufacturers such as Hitachi are taking advantage of the wide range of functions from our Advantiv advanced television solutions portfolio, whose high-performance, multiformat audio and video connectivity and processing solutions offer exciting new functionality.”

Hitachi’s wireless hub leverages several video and audio solutions from ADI’s Advantiv advanced television solutions portfolio. Analog Devices’ ADV216 Wavescale™ compression technology video CODEC is a key enabler of high quality, wireless HD video. The CODEC’s low-latency and scalable resolution produces stunning HD video – without requiring external memory. ADI’s Wavescale compression technology significantly reduces the impact of errors that can occur during transmission, resulting in the delivery of flawless HD entertainment to a Wooo UT HDTV – without running any new wires. The Hitachi TP-WL700H also leverages Analog Devices’ wireless HDMI reference design that allows multiple entertainment HD sources to be connected wirelessly to a single Wooo UT HDTV.

Analog Devices’ ADV7441A video decoder with integrated HDMI receiver and AD9389B HDMI and DVI™ (digital visual interface) transmitter enable Hitachi’s wireless unit to support high-resolution HDTV formats up to 1080i in addition to high fidelity audio formats.

With monitors as thin as 35 mm, Hitachi Wooo UT series flat-screen LCD HDTVs are available in three models, the 42-inch UT42-XV700, the 37-inch UT37-XV700, and 32-inch UT32-HV700B/W/R/A. All are compatible with Hitachi’s optional TP-WL700H wireless unit.

About Advantiv Advanced Television Solutions

Analog Devices’ Advantiv advanced television solutions are used in the world’s leading consumer electronics brands, enabling the latest products to deliver the true-to-life audio and video quality that discriminating consumers have come to expect everywhere, every time. Supported by ADI’s system-level experts, ADI’s Advantiv advanced television solutions portfolio drives high-definition systems, including plasma and LCD HDTVs, Blu-ray™ disc players, digital video recorders (DVRs), audio/video receivers (AVRs), and the HD interconnects that carry content between them. The broad range of Advantiv advanced television solutions enable high-performance functionality and features to meet all consumer electronics price points. For more information on the ADI portfolio, please visit http://www.analog.com/pr/advantiv.

About Analog Devices

Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest standing, highest growth companies within the technology sector. Acknowledged industry-wide as the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves over 60,000 customers, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Celebrating over 40 years as a leading global manufacturer of high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications, Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog Devices’ common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “ADI” and is included in the S&P 500 Index. http://www/analog.com.

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NORWOOD, Mass. (PRWEB) January 7, 2008

    HDAnywhere is based on ADI’s Wavescale(TM) compression; the same JPEG2000-based technology used in digital cinema and broadcast television systems. Wavescale technology provides unique advantages in video quality, transmission robustness, scalability, low latency, and instantaneous data rate adjustment. The HDAnywhere system compresses video in real time, encrypts the stream, and provides it to a UWB, WiFi, powerline, phoneline, or COAX modem – all without visual interruptions. The receiver decrypts and decompresses the stream and produces an HDMI output, ready to be connected to any HD display. It can accept video and audio in any common format, including standard definition composite and component, and HD content in analog component or an uncompressed digital form. This addresses evolving entertainment systems which incorporate a mix of HD and legacy components.

The HDAnywhere reference design includes schematics, PCB layouts, and firmware for a complete system design. It can be configured to support resolutions up to 1080i or, with additional hardware, 1080p video. It can be easily modified to add or delete input and output ports to meet specific cost and functionality targets. One end of the link can be embedded into a video source or display, adding interconnect flexibility to the device while minimizing overall cost.

“Different video transport options offer various advantages: some are good for in-room transmission, while others may provide better coverage for an entire house,” said Bill Bucklen, Director, Advanced Television Segment, Analog Devices. “The HDAnywhere networked entertainment platform is the only solution that adapts to all wired and wireless networking technologies while maintaining optimal video quality.”

Leveraging ADI’s broad line of video and audio products in its Advantiv portfolio, the HDAnywhere platform offers the flexibility to configure a system meeting particular cost and feature objectives with components tailored to work together seamlessly. The HDAnywhere networked entertainment reference design is available to qualified customers from Analog Devices.

Analog Devices in Advanced TV

Because the signal processing performance requirements for HD video, audio and interconnect functions are significantly higher than for standard-definition TVs, ADI offers the Advantiv(TM) advanced television portfolio, providing cost-effective analog, digital, and mixed-signal solutions to the most difficult multi-format ATV design challenges. Supported by ADI’s system-level experts, these customer-driven solutions enable the latest in HD home entertainment systems. Analog Devices offers a broad range of industry-certified solutions for advanced television (ATV) applications, with products that enable rewarding experiences for consumers enjoying the latest high-definition (HD) TVs, DVD players, digital video recorders, audio/video receivers, camcorders and cable and satellite set-top boxes. For more information, visit http://www.analog.com/pr/advantiv.

About Analog Devices

Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest standing, highest growth companies within the technology sector. Acknowledged industry-wide as the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves over 60,000 customers, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Celebrating over 40 years as a leading global manufacturer of high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications, Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog Devices’ common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “ADI” and is included in the S&P 500 Index. http://www.analog.com

HDAnywhere, Wavescale, and Advantiv are trademarks of Analog Devices, Inc. HDMI and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks of HDMI Licensing, LLC in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.








Norwood, MA (PRWEB) March 30, 2009

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) announces the availability of a complete IP surveillance and machine vision camera reference design based on the company’s Blackfin BF526C processor. The reference design, which aims to help engineers quickly develop and customize “smart camera” designs, implements a complete IP video camera, including the camera lens and a D1/HD1/CIF resolution image sensor.

“This design contains all of the functionality for an advanced, networked digital camera,” said Michael Long, Product Line Manager for Industrial Video and Imaging Solutions in Analog Devices’ General Purpose DSP Division. “The performance of the Blackfin solution enables a range of capabilities from basic monitoring to those found in today’s advanced ‘smart camera’ products.”

Aimed primarily at engineers developing security surveillance and machine-vision applications, the reference design includes a Blackfin processor running the uClinux™ operating system. The BF526C provides a convergent solution in a unified core architecture that allows video signal processing concurrent with RISC MCU processing to handle network interface demands. Powerful video and audio processing on a single convergent processor provides for a unified software development environment, faster system debugging and deployment, and lower overall system cost. The processor provides camera developers with an integrated audio codec (SSM2603 derivative), streaming video and IP protocols, on-chip DRAM memory, and interfaces for 10/100 Ethernet, USB and SD storage, as well as a native RS-232 port.

The reference design unit can capture video at CIF, VGA, and D1 resolutions at either 30 fps (NTSC) or 25 fps (PAL). The fully programmable Blackfin solution allows for numerous video compression standards such as H.264 and MPEG4 while the audio is encoded to the G.729 standard. The camera supports 2-way audio for communication from control centers to camera locations. Pan-Tilt-Zoom control is supported through either Pelo-P or Pelo-D protocol.

An optional daughter card with the dual-core BF561 processor is available, enabling the system to deliver increased video resolution, while providing headroom to perform advanced analytic processing on the video stream such as motion detection/tracking.

Availability

The IP camera reference design is available immediately in the U. S. through DigiLink Software of Irvine CA, a leading supplier of IP-based digital media software and turnkey solutions. Beijing Emvideo Technology Co, Ltd is distributing and supporting the new design in Asia. European support is available through Cynove.

A Convergent Future Demands Blackfin-Class Processing

Analog Devices’ Blackfin embodies a new breed of 16/32-bit embedded processor with the industry’s highest performance and power efficiency for applications where a convergence of capabilities — multi-format audio, video, voice and image processing; and real-time security and control processing – is critical. It is this powerful combination of software flexibility and scalability that has gained Blackfin widespread adoption in convergent applications such as digital home entertainment, networked and streaming media, automotive telematics and infotainment, and digital radio and mobile TV.

About Analog Devices:

Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest standing, highest growth companies within the technology sector. Acknowledged industry-wide as the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves over 60,000 customers, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Celebrating 40 years as a leading global manufacturer of high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications, Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog Devices’ common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “ADI” and is included in the S&P 500 Index.

Blackfin is a registered trademark of Analog Devices, Inc. All other trademarks included herein are the property of their respective owners.

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If you own an analog television, it’s time to get ready. The day is coming when you will turn on that tv and get nothing; no CNN, no Weather Channel, not even your local news. You can call the cable or satellite company and complain. But they won’t be able to help you. No, in fact, Congress has left you behind.

Thanks to the Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005, television stations will cease to transmit analog signals. Ok, you have a while before you have to worry about that day; February 19, 2009 to be exact. But, it’s time to start preparing, anyway.

Why the change?

Digital has slowly grown in popularity over the years. Not just in television, but all technologies. Remember the old Motorola celluar phone, the thick black one that folded in half and displayed the dialed number in large red digits? Or the Zack Morris phone? The large grey AT&T phone that was symbolic of a 1980′s businessman? They all ran on analog signals. When you made a phone call (or even connected to the internet with your modem), you were running on analog.

But, those days are fading. Many of us have cell phones and internet connections that use digital signals, now. That data package you have through your wireless carrier: digital. That broadband or cable connection you’re using to read this article: digital. That WiFi you use at your local Starbucks: digital.

Of course, not all of us have made the upgrade. But, we’re going to be forced to, whether you like it or not.

Digital does have it’s advantages. Back to television: digital provides cleaner picture, clearer sound, and actually uses less energy. If you’ve visited the electronics department of your local Best Buy or Wal-Mart, you’ve seen the difference. Watch digital tv for a while and then go back to an analog tv. You’ll be disappointed.

You don’t have to go High-Def (HDTV). Standard Definition is fine (the picture isn’t quite as clear but, in this writer’s personal opinion, not too noticeable of a difference). But, you will have to go Digital.

Help is on the way!

It may not be much help. Debate is still raging on that. But, yesterday, the Commerce Department announced they will issue vouchers for every analog television a person or family owns. Those vouchers can be used anywhere and are to go towards the purchase of a converter. The converter will transcribe the digital signal to one which can be read by your analog television set. Don’t start searching for the vouchers, just yet. They won’t be available till New Years Day of 2008.

The cost of this transition isn’t cheap. Only 0 million is available for those vouchers (or 24.75 million televisions). If those funds are used up, another 0 million will be released (12.75 million tv’s). After that, you will have to certify you do not subscribe to cable or satellite service in order to receive the voucher.

What to expect?

As we get closer and closer to the February 19, 2009 cut-off date, the transition will receive more focus from the media. Perhaps, not on the level of Y2K. But, it will be hard to forget the change will need to be made. Some in Congress, including Rep. John Dingell (Michigan Democrat), wish not to have a hard-set cut-off date.

Irregardless, the time is coming where eventually we will all go digital. Just like when your cellular provider told you that you could no longer use that old analog phone, you will be told to either get a new tv or the converter. If you choose not to, expect to turn on the news and find static.

Sabrent TV-USBHD Dual ATSC & Digital HDTV and Analog TV Tuner / Video Capture USB 2.0 Pendrive with Remote Control and Antenna Vista Ready

  • This Mini Digital USB HDTV TV TUNER allows you to use your computer as a TV and digital multimedia center
  • Watch and record free-to-air HDTV on PC Mini TV Stick for ATSC
  • Features include instant recording for recording digitally, TV with time shifting and much more! More than a receiver
  • Get the ultimate mobile digital TV solution! Receives both, Digital and Analog signal. Specifications

This Mini Digital USB HDTV TV TUNER allows you to use your computer as a TV and digital multimedia center. This Mini and compact design makes it easy and portable to take along with you wherever you go. Enjoy free air HDTV / Analogue TV (cable or air) entertainment whenever you like and wherever you go. Watch and record free-to-air HDTV on PC Mini TV Stick for ATSC and NTSC Full function remote control Time-shifting while watching live TV Schedule recording TV on PC Enjoy Digital Te

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Philips SDV2940/27 UHF Digital and Analog Indoor/Outdoor TV Antenna

  • Indoor and outdoor amplified antenna
  • Receives UHF analog and digital signals
  • Weatherproof, paintable surface
  • 18 dB amplification boosts weak signals
  • Compact panel design

Philips SDV2940 antenna is scientifically designed to improve analog and digital UHF reception. The compact design of the antenna is very versatile and can be used both outdoors and indoors and can be mounted to walls, railings or any sturdy base. The 18dB amplification boosts weak signals, expanding your reception range and allowing you to receive more signals over a greater distance – ideal for those who live in urban or suburban areas. The surface of the antenna is weatherproof and paintable

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Zinwell ZAT-970A Digital to Analog TV Converter Box

  • Support Analog Pass-Through
  • Convert Digital TV signal to Analog
  • Multi-lingual support
  • Digital Parental control
  • Remote control included

Digital TV Converter Box with Analog Pass-Through

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