Philips Semiconductors and NDS Agreement Opens Doors for Next Generation Personal Video Recorder Technology

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Philips Semiconductors

    SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Philips Semiconductors, a
 division of Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE:   PHG; AEX: PHI), and
 NDS Group plc (Nasdaq:   NNDS; EASDAQ), a News Corporation company, announced an
 agreement that Philips Semiconductors' Nexperia(TM) Home Entertainment Engines
 will support NDS's advanced personal video recorder technology for set-top
 boxes (STB). The combination of NDS's leading conditional access software and
 interactive systems with the Nexperia family will create next generation
 solutions for the digital consumer market.
     The single-chip digital set-top box family of Nexperia Home Entertainment
 Engines will support NDS's Xtended TV (XTV(TM)) and Random Access
 Scrambled-stream Protocol (RASP) technologies. The integration of NDS's
 technologies and the Nexperia family will enable a completely new tier of
 digital subscriber services to be delivered on a single chip with a flexible
 media processor core and future proof functionality. This partnership also
 marks both companies' commitments to create and support new applications in
 the personal video recorder, advanced set-top boxes, digital TV and multimedia
 platform arenas.
     "Advanced new platforms such as Philips Semiconductors' Nexperia Home
 Entertainment Engine family are helping NDS to open up new features and
 options for our customers," said Jas Saini, Vice President Consumer Devices,
 NDS Group plc. "Our long standing relationship with Philips Semiconductors
 will allow us to achieve these goals and advance quickly in the fast growing
 interactive television arena."
     "Today's agreement and extended partnership with NDS signifies yet another
 milestone for the Nexperia Home Entertainment Engine platform in the digital
 interactive services and personalized television market," said
 Mark Samuel, director, Digital Video Interactive, Philips Semiconductors. "By
 integrating NDS's technology initially into the pnx8500 and pnx8320, customers
 will receive accelerated availability of flexible, future proof and
 personalized system functionality."
 
     Nexperia Home Entertainment Engine Family
     The entire family of Nexperia Home Entertainment Engines represent an
 advanced System-on-Chip (SoC) solution based on Philips Semiconductors'
 Nexperia DVP -- a scaleable platform architecture that addresses a wide range
 of digital video applications, employing the company's Sea-of-IP(TM) reuse
 methodology and standard hardware and software building blocks.
     Philips Semiconductors' pnx8500 is the first chip in the line targeted at
 advanced set-top boxes. The pnx8320 family of highly integrated, single chip
 solutions targets entry to midrange, advanced set-top boxes. Other leading
 global companies supporting the Nexperia(TM) Home Entertainment Engines
 include Insignia Solutions, Liberate Technologies, Micron Technology, Inc.,
 Humax, Acer and Samsung Electronics Co.
     For more information about Philips Semiconductors' Nexperia(TM) Home
 Entertainment Engines, visit www.nexperia.com.
 
     About NDS Group plc
     NDS Group plc is a leading supplier of open conditional access software
 and interactive systems for the secure delivery of entertainment and
 information to televisions, set-top boxes and personal computers. The company
 also develops security solutions for broadband Internet multicasting
 applications. Refer to www.nds.com for more information about NDS.
 
     About Philips Semiconductors
     Philips Semiconductors, which had annual revenues of approximately
 US$6.3 billion in 2000, designs and manufactures semiconductors and silicon
 systems platforms. Philips Semiconductors is spearheading the emerging field
 of systems on silicon solutions with the innovative Nexperia(TM) platform and
 VLSI Velocity(TM) tool set. The company's Sea-of-IP design methodology allows
 plug and play intellectual property blocks for easily customizable products.
 The company is a leader in communications, consumer, PC peripherals and
 automotive semiconductors, which are key applications for convergence in
 end-user products. Philips Semiconductors is headquartered in
 Eindhoven, The Netherlands, and has operations throughout the world. For more
 information:  www.philips.semiconductors.com.
 
 

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    SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Philips Semiconductors, a
 division of Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE:   PHG; AEX: PHI), and
 NDS Group plc (Nasdaq:   NNDS; EASDAQ), a News Corporation company, announced an
 agreement that Philips Semiconductors' Nexperia(TM) Home Entertainment Engines
 will support NDS's advanced personal video recorder technology for set-top
 boxes (STB). The combination of NDS's leading conditional access software and
 interactive systems with the Nexperia family will create next generation
 solutions for the digital consumer market.
     The single-chip digital set-top box family of Nexperia Home Entertainment
 Engines will support NDS's Xtended TV (XTV(TM)) and Random Access
 Scrambled-stream Protocol (RASP) technologies. The integration of NDS's
 technologies and the Nexperia family will enable a completely new tier of
 digital subscriber services to be delivered on a single chip with a flexible
 media processor core and future proof functionality. This partnership also
 marks both companies' commitments to create and support new applications in
 the personal video recorder, advanced set-top boxes, digital TV and multimedia
 platform arenas.
     "Advanced new platforms such as Philips Semiconductors' Nexperia Home
 Entertainment Engine family are helping NDS to open up new features and
 options for our customers," said Jas Saini, Vice President Consumer Devices,
 NDS Group plc. "Our long standing relationship with Philips Semiconductors
 will allow us to achieve these goals and advance quickly in the fast growing
 interactive television arena."
     "Today's agreement and extended partnership with NDS signifies yet another
 milestone for the Nexperia Home Entertainment Engine platform in the digital
 interactive services and personalized television market," said
 Mark Samuel, director, Digital Video Interactive, Philips Semiconductors. "By
 integrating NDS's technology initially into the pnx8500 and pnx8320, customers
 will receive accelerated availability of flexible, future proof and
 personalized system functionality."
 
     Nexperia Home Entertainment Engine Family
     The entire family of Nexperia Home Entertainment Engines represent an
 advanced System-on-Chip (SoC) solution based on Philips Semiconductors'
 Nexperia DVP -- a scaleable platform architecture that addresses a wide range
 of digital video applications, employing the company's Sea-of-IP(TM) reuse
 methodology and standard hardware and software building blocks.
     Philips Semiconductors' pnx8500 is the first chip in the line targeted at
 advanced set-top boxes. The pnx8320 family of highly integrated, single chip
 solutions targets entry to midrange, advanced set-top boxes. Other leading
 global companies supporting the Nexperia(TM) Home Entertainment Engines
 include Insignia Solutions, Liberate Technologies, Micron Technology, Inc.,
 Humax, Acer and Samsung Electronics Co.
     For more information about Philips Semiconductors' Nexperia(TM) Home
 Entertainment Engines, visit www.nexperia.com.
 
     About NDS Group plc
     NDS Group plc is a leading supplier of open conditional access software
 and interactive systems for the secure delivery of entertainment and
 information to televisions, set-top boxes and personal computers. The company
 also develops security solutions for broadband Internet multicasting
 applications. Refer to www.nds.com for more information about NDS.
 
     About Philips Semiconductors
     Philips Semiconductors, which had annual revenues of approximately
 US$6.3 billion in 2000, designs and manufactures semiconductors and silicon
 systems platforms. Philips Semiconductors is spearheading the emerging field
 of systems on silicon solutions with the innovative Nexperia(TM) platform and
 VLSI Velocity(TM) tool set. The company's Sea-of-IP design methodology allows
 plug and play intellectual property blocks for easily customizable products.
 The company is a leader in communications, consumer, PC peripherals and
 automotive semiconductors, which are key applications for convergence in
 end-user products. Philips Semiconductors is headquartered in
 Eindhoven, The Netherlands, and has operations throughout the world. For more
 information:  www.philips.semiconductors.com.
 
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