SOURCE: Magnum Semiconductor, Inc.

Magnum Semiconductor, Inc.

September 07, 2009 04:00 ET

Magnum Semiconductor Announces DXT-LP for Time-Shifting, Place-Shifting and Content-on-the-Go on a USB Power Budget

The Magnum DXT-LP Opens Up a New Range of Opportunities With USB-Powered Multi-Standard HD Encoding, Transcoding and Mirror Transcoding

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwire - September 7, 2009) - Magnum Semiconductor, the leader in professional-grade compression processors, announced today industry's first USB-powered multi-standard HD transcoder-encoder with mirror transcoding. The Magnum DXT-LP low-power HD encoder-transcoder is capable of transcoding from MPEG-2 1080i to H.264 1080i and lower resolutions, as well as between VC-1 and H.264, with performance to spare to perform simultaneous transcoding of an HD stream and a mirror copy from HD to QVGA. In addition, the DXT-LP supports faster-than-real-time transcoding.

The DXT-LP media-processor achieves this feat through the use of Magnum's powerful and proprietary media-processor architecture, which delivers uncompromising video quality at lowest bit rates. The programmable architecture supports HD and SD resolutions, multiple encoding standards, such as H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 (AVC), MPEG-2 and VC-1, as well as multiple functions, such as encoding, transcoding and decoding.

"The DXT-LP opens a whole new range of opportunities for PC peripheral and STB device manufacturers by offering their customers with instant time-shifting, place-shifting, device-shifting or content-on-the-go, as well as whole home DVR add-on functionality. Support for VC-1 provides instant access to the fast Microsoft Windows installed base, which is a unique feature in the industry," said Gopal Solanki, CEO at Magnum Semiconductor.

Magnum leverages its broadcast technology knowhow in the DXT-LP for bit rate shaping over variable bandwidth networks and for full decode/re-encode transcoding, which allows for superior compression efficiency, resulting in superior video quality at lowest bit rates unlike other transcoders in the market based on re-quantization.

Pricing & Availability

The DXT-LP is currently shipping in volume. To help OEMs to speed time-to-market of their DXT-LP based products, Magnum offers the Plankton, a USB-powered reference design, which takes full advantage of the DXT-LP's low power operation and transcoding capabilities. The Plankton reference design is immediately available for evaluation. Contact Magnum Semiconductor for pricing.

About Magnum Semiconductor

Magnum Semiconductor is a leading provider of chips, software, and platforms for consumer entertainment systems and the professional broadcast infrastructure. Magnum provides the tools and technologies for recording, storing, managing, viewing, and exchanging audio and video throughout the home, and on the go. Magnum Semiconductor is headquartered in Milpitas, California, with sales and engineering offices in Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Further information is available at

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