SOURCE: Micrel


June 16, 2010 07:04 ET

Zoran and Micrel Announce New Reference Design for Internet Connected DTVs

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - June 16, 2010) -  Micrel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCRL), an industry leader in analog, high bandwidth communications and Ethernet IC solutions, today announced in concert with Zoran Corporation, the availability of a complete IP enabled DTV reference design. Based on Micrel's KSZ8851-16MLL single-port embedded Ethernet MAC-PHY controller chip and Zoran's SupraHD® 787 ATSC/NTSC processor, the reference design is a complete hardware and software solution enabling the rapid deployment of Internet-connected DTVs for OEM and ODM customers.

"Micrel's single chip network solution when working with Zoran's single chip DTV processor delivers a reference platform that enables a low power, high throughput networking solution for our customers," said Lih Chang, Product Marketing Director, Home Entertainment division at Zoran Corporation.

"Micrel worked closely with Zoran to create a reference design that meets stringent performance requirements for this demanding consumer application," noted Wiren Perera, Micrel's director of Ethernet. "Zoran's leadership position in the consumer electronics multimedia market makes it an ideal partner for Micrel to address the burgeoning demands of IP connected media devices." 

The engineering teams at Micrel and Zoran focused on creating an optimized Internet Connected DTV reference design that allows OEMs and ODMs to ramp to production in a short period of time. The reference platform's hardware module supports the traditional video and audio interfaces, as well as three (3) HDMI 1.3 deep color ports. It also accepts VGA input from a personal computer, as well as six pairs of analog audio inputs. For the output interfaces, the reference hardware module can directly drive an LCD panel, with up to 10-bit color. Other outputs are L/R audio for its internal speakers and SPDIF for multi-channel output to an external audio receiver.

Micrel's KSZ8851-16MLL is one of the first Ethernet solutions on the market to combine a Fast Ethernet MAC-PHY with a generic bus host processor interface in a small package. The device is capable of achieving up to 80 Mbps throughput, enabling up to 4 HD streams, while operating at very low power. The device also features very high immunity and low emissions. Micrel offers networking devices qualified for a range of environments; commercial, industrial, automotive and extended temperature grades. 

About Micrel, Inc.
Micrel, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of IC solutions for the worldwide analog, Ethernet and high bandwidth markets. The Company's products include advanced mixed-signal, analog and power semiconductors; high performance communication, clock management, Ethernet switch and physical layer transceiver ICs. Company customers include leading manufacturers of enterprise, consumer, industrial, mobile, telecommunications, automotive, and computer products. Corporation headquarters and state-of-the-art wafer fabrication facilities are located in San Jose, CA, with regional sales and support offices and advanced technology design centers situated throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. In addition, the Company maintains an extensive network of distributors and reps worldwide. Web:

About Zoran Corporation
Zoran Corporation, based in Sunnyvale, California, is a leading provider of digital solutions in the digital entertainment and digital imaging markets. With over two decades of expertise developing and delivering digital signal processing technologies, Zoran has pioneered high-performance digital audio and video, imaging applications and Connect Share Entertain technologies for the digital home. Zoran's proficiency in integration delivers major benefits for OEM customers, including greater capabilities within each product generation, reduced system costs, and shorter time to market. Zoran-based DTV, set-top-box, DVD, digital camera, multimedia mobile phone and multifunction printer products have received recognition for excellence and are now in hundreds of millions of homes and offices worldwide. With headquarters in the U.S. and additional operations in China, England, France, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Sweden, and Taiwan, Zoran may be contacted on the World Wide Web at or at 408-523-6500.

Zoran, the Zoran logo, and SupraHD are trademarks or registered trademarks of Zoran Corporation and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. All other names and brands may be claimed as property of others.

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