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ATI to supply chips for USDTV digital TV network

ATI technologies' chip technology will serve as the backbone for U.S. Digital Television’s subscription-based high-definition television service. The XILLEON and NXT2004 computer chips from ATI will be placed in USDTV set-top boxes for crystal-clear digital reception and delivery of broadcast signals to TV screens.

The agreement was announced at the NAB show last week in Las Vegas.

USDTV’s cable networks get delivered through standard UHF/VHF antennas that send signals to the company’s proprietary set-top box. The company delivers high-definition cable television programming through conventional cable television mechanisms. USDTV’s service includes common cable channels FOX News, STARZ!, ESPN, ESPN2, Disney Channel, Toon Disney, Discovery Channel, TLC, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network, Home & Garden Television and The Food Network.

XILLEON integrates all processor, graphics, video, audio, and I/O capabilities needed in a set-top box or digital TV into a single chip. Included are a 300MHz MIPS CPU, dual-HD capable MPEG decoder, audio decoder, dual display engine, 2-D and 3-D graphics engine, conditional access, transport demultiplexers, PCI, USB and hard disk drive interfaces.

NXT2004 VSB/QAM receiver provides high-quality reception performance in the presence of multipath, phase noise, impulse noise and adjacent and co-channel interference for both terrestrial and cable environments.

The USDTV service can be used in airports, malls, stores and other venues that commonly display feeds of relevant television content to the public. For example, an airport bar can feed FOX News or ESPN, or a culinary academy can have an ongoing feed of The Food Network.

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