Toshiba Rolls Out Second-Generation, Single-Chip Solution for Mid-Range and Low-End Digital TV Applications as Well as Add-on Modules for Digital CRT and LCD TV Applications

Highly Integrated TC90407XBG/FG SoCs Optimized for North American TV


Nov 14, 2006, 00:00 ET from Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.

    SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba America Electronic
 Components, Inc. (TAEC)* today expanded its TC904XX family of highly
 integrated, single-chip system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for mid-range and
 low-end digital TV applications with the introduction of a
 second-generation product. Available in two versions and designated
 TC90407XBG and TC90407FG, the new SoCs were specifically designed for North
 American TV standards, including the Advanced Television Systems Committee
 (ATSC) standard and digital cable. Compared to the previous generation
 devices, they integrate more on-chip functional blocks to reduce system
 cost and support new algorithms that improve picture quality significantly.
 The devices incorporate vestigial side band (VSB) and quadrature amplitude
 modulation (QAM) for demodulation of ATSC and cable streams. The company
 also introduced two new add-on modules to streamline design-to-production
 time for its ODM and OEM customers: DLVM-GC for digital CRT TV applications
 and DLVM-GL for LCD TV applications. These modules allow existing analog
 CRT or analog LCD TV designs to be converted to ATSC-compliant designs.
     "The introduction of the TC90407XBG/FG chips and DLVM-GC/DLVM-GL
 modules marks another major milestone in our strategy to offer complete
 platform solutions for the digital TV segment," said Shardul Kazi, vice
 president of the ASSP Business Unit at TAEC. "Engineered here at TAEC and
 optimized for the North American market, our TC90407XBG/FG single-chip ICs
 are highly integrated, cost-effective SoC solutions for both LCD and
 digital CRT TVs, set-top boxes and digital-to-analog TV converter boxes.
 Concurrently, we are introducing two application-specific modules based on
 the TC90407XBG to help our customers reduce product development time
 considerably and get a jump on competition." Mr. Kazi noted that a driving
 force in this market is the Congressional mandate that U.S. broadcast
 television service completely convert to digital terrestrial transmission
 by 2009.
     TC90407XBG and TC90407FG Single-Chip Solutions
     The second-generation TC90407XBG and TC90407FG are highly integrated
 SoCs for mid- to low-end digital TV applications that incorporate a
 high-performance 64-bit MIPS-based(TM) RISC host processor and two highly
 optimized DSP processors for compute-intensive multimedia tasks. The
 devices are capable of decoding a single standard-definition or
 high-definition stream and display content in standard-definition
 resolution (720 x 480 pixels) or half high-definition resolution (960 x
 1080 pixels). The following features are common to both chips:
     *  A 162MHz TX49/L3 64-bit RISC processor core with 8KB instruction cache
        and 8KB data cache, a unified memory system, a 16-bit, 162MHz DDR SDRAM
        controller, and NAND/NOR Flash support
     *  An integrated 8-VSB and 64/256 QAM demodulator for ATSC TV
     *  A transport stream processor that is fully compliant to ATSC standards
        and cable transport streams
     *  A video decoder for standard-definition decoding.  It supports MPEG-2
        decoding (MP@ML and MP@SL) and MPEG-1 decoding.
     *  A video decoder for high-definition decoding.  It supports MPEG-2
        decoding for MP@HL for ATSC and digital cable.  A high-definition
        decoded stream can be displayed in high-definition resolution up to
        960 x 1080 and is 720p or 1080i compliant.  It also has high-definition
        to standard-definition down-conversion for display in
        standard-definition resolution.
     *  An audio processor with MPEG- Audio and Dolby AC-3 decoding plus an I2S
        and S/P-DIF transmitter (IEC-60958/61937)
     *  A graphics engine with two planes for YUV/graphics, alpha blending,
        video scaling and progressive scan with I/P conversion through
     *  Video output using a dual NTSC video encoder and 4 DACs that support
        two 480i analog outputs for standard-definition or one 720p/1080i
        output for high-definition.  It provides 4:2:2 YUV digital-output (ITU
        R656/R601), VBI re-insertion with closed-caption and CGMS-A, and
        interlaced or progressive output.
     *  A wide range of interfaces and peripherals:  a 8/16-bit 40.5 MHz local
        bus for NAND/NOR flash and other I/O devices, a two-channel DMA
        controller, two sets of SIO interface (UART), ten PIOs, three 24-bit
        timer/counters, two sets of I2C interface, an IR-decoder and an
     *  Has power-down and standby operations
     *  A complete reference system with software and middleware support for
        quick product deployment
     *  Software and middleware based on the MontaVista(R) Linux operating
        system from MontaVista Software, Inc.
     *  Common application program interface support for middleware and
        application development
     *  Packaging:  TC90407XBG is housed in a 292-pin PBGA package while
        TC90407FG is offered in a 256-pin LQFP package
     Application-Specific Modules for Digital CRT TV and LCD TV Applications
     TAEC offers two application-specific modules based on the TC90407XBG
 digital TV SoC, the DLVM-GC module for digital CRT TV applications and the
 DLVM-GL module for LCD TV applications. Both modules decode digital
 transmission content and provide analog or digital output to a currently
 existing TV backend processor system that decodes analog transmission for
 display. Both modules consist of the TC90407XBG digital TV SoC, DDR SDRAM
 and NOR Flash memory, and an audio DAC. The DLVM-GC can decode
 high-definition or standard-definition streams and provide
 480i/480p/720p/1080i format analog output (CVBS or YCbCr type) for digital
 CRT TV applications. This module also generates digital audio output
 (SPDIF). As well, the module can be used for digital converter box
 applications. Like the DLVM-GC module, the DLVM-GL module can take a
 high-definition or standard-definition stream as input from the tuner and
 provide both 8- or 16-bit digital video output for LCD TV applications.
 This DLVM-GL module generates digital audio (I2S) and video outputs.
 Firmware and device drivers are ported for the Linux(R) operating system.
 Toshiba's industry-proven ATSC middleware, drivers and
 application-adaptation layer along with sample application code is
 available for quick product deployment.
     Pricing and Availability
     Samples of TC90407XBG are currently available and volume production is
 planned for April 2007. Samples of TC90407FG are scheduled to be available
 in the first quarter of 2007. Pricing ranges from $15.00 to $18.00 in
 100,000-piece quantities (based on a one-year volume commitment). The
 DLVM-GC and DLVM-GL reference modules are currently available; interested
 customers should contact TAEC.
     About TAEC's Digital TV Offering
     Toshiba's digital TV product portfolio is comprised of two families of
 highly integrated SoCs that support high-end to low-end digital TV
 applications. Toshiba currently offers the TC81240A chip (high-definition
 stream to high-definition display) for high-end DTV applications; this
 device is in mass production now. The TC904XX SoC family (high-definition
 stream to half horizontal resolution or standard-definition display) serves
 mid- to low-end DTV applications. Additional products are in development to
 round out both families. Toshiba supports all hardware and software
 development requirements with reference designs, drivers and firmware,
 operating systems, ATSC middleware, and application and user interface
 development tools. Currently available for rapid product development are
 the following:
     *  Hardware:  TC81240A global digital TV reference system, TC90400 global
        digital TV reference system, TC90400 LCD digital TV reference system,
        TC90400 digital-to-analog TV converter module, and TC90407 evaluation
        board for digital CRT and LCD TVs
     *  System software:  Linux operating system port support as well as driver
        and firmware for each chip
     *  Middleware:  ATSC, DVB and ARIB middleware that supports worldwide TV
     *  Application development tools and an electronics programming guide
     *About TAEC
     Combining quality and flexibility with design engineering expertise,
 TAEC brings a breadth of advanced, next-generation technologies to its
 customers. This broad offering includes memory and flash memory-based
 storage solutions, a broad range of discrete devices, displays, medical
 tubes, ASICs, custom SOCs, microprocessors, microcontrollers and wireless
 components for the computing, wireless, networking, automotive and digital
 consumer markets.
     TAEC is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America,
 Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corp. (Toshiba), Japan's largest
 semiconductor manufacturer and the world's fourth largest semiconductor
 manufacturer. In more than 130 years of operation, Toshiba has recorded
 numerous firsts and made many valuable contributions to technology and
 society. For additional company and product information, please visit
 TAEC's website at For technical inquiries, please e-mail
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