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January 03, 2008

VeriSilicon Launches VZ.AudioHD for HD Multimedia Devices

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributing Editor

VeriSilicon (News - Alert) announced the launch of the licensable VZ.AudioHD application platform for optimum audio performances on High Definition multimedia devices.

VZ.AudioHD platform comes with a variety of audio software modules, a ZSP800 DSP processor, and a system software solutions platform.

For Blu-Ray and HD DVD players, a single processor and a software solution are included to reduce development time and risk as well as offer cost effectiveness.

Dr. Wayne Dai, Chairman, President, and CEO of VeriSilicon said in a press release, “The VZ.AudioHD platform introduction represents yet another example of VeriSilicon’s commitment towards providing focused, leading edge high definition audio solutions to enable our customers to develop superior products at reduced risk, development time and cost.”

“In addition to providing the licensable HD audio platforms, we also offer the platform based SoC solutions and ASIC turn key services from specification to chip so that our customers can leverage our silicon implementation and manufacturing expertise,” added Dai.

The VZ.AudioHD platform has about 15 ultra-efficient, pro-optimized software modules like Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS (News - Alert)-HD Master Audio, DTS Digital Surround, and DTS-HD Hi-Res.

The VZ.Audio HD platform uses 40 percent lesser MHz comparatively enabling high definition audio application with a single ZSP800 processor solution to implement all audio standards instead of a multi-core solution, saving on power consumption.

VeriSilicon extended the ZSP800 product line including G1 and G2 (News - Alert) processors by introducing a ZSP G3 processor family. This eight stage ZSP800 exhibits precision in sending four 16/32-bit instructions per cycle through a data path consisting of 6 ALUs and a Quad-Mac. The 65nm process technology allows 450 MHz speeds.

Dan Marotta, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom’s (News - Alert) Broadband Communications Group said in the press release, “We have been very happy with the ZSP G1 and G2 families of processor cores and have deployed them across a wide range of our set-top box and DVD product lines. As our audio product requirements have dramatically grown, so have our performance needs.”

VeriSilicon proposes to demonstrate its ZSP technologies and high definition audio software solutions at the CES (News - Alert) Trade Show in Las Vegas on January 9, 2008.


Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

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