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September 7, 2004
Semiconductor Technology Supporting
Digital High Definition (HD) Video Camcoder, HDR-FX1
- Introducing newly developed 1080i compatible HD CCD and HD Codec Engine -
Sony Corporation today introduced the world's first consumer HDV 1080i compatible Digital High Definition (HD) video camcorder, <HDR-FX1>. This new camcorder contains various newly developed semiconductors, utilizing Sony's most advanced circuitry technology.
The HDR-FX1 has the world's first consumer 1,120,000 pixel High Definition <1080i compatible HD CCD>, a result of Sony's renowned imaging device technology. Also, <HD Codec Engines>, can process massive high definition image signal information, to give high quality image production at fast speeds and low power consumption (MPEG2 compression/ decompression format.)
World's first consumer <1080i compatible HD CCD>
* measured in the Japanese system.
HDV Standard compatible <HD Encoding Engine>
* Base band signal processor:
This is the LSI to process noise reduction and various signals for the image/movie data coming in from the camera. It also comes with the capability of down-converting high-definition signal to conventional television signal.
* HD-MPEG video encoder:
This is the encoder LSI which converts massive data of high-definition movie into a high quality compressed MPEG2 format. The encoder LSI's low power consumption of 200mW while movie recording allows the lengthy filming capabilities required for camcorders.
* HD-MPEG video decoder:
This is the LSI which converts the MPEG2 signal into a high-definition movie signal.
It is capable of stable output when operating with still images, frame-by-frame tracking etc. which are usually poorly handled by MPEG2.
* HDV Streaming Processor:
This is the LSI which adds various data necessary for the HDV format, such as error correction signal at recording/playback. This LSI is developed utilizing C Language with a large capacity 36M Bit DRAM and CPU.
In Sony, semiconductors are positioned as key devices which are at the heart of products, resulting in added value. Sony will continue to aggressively promote semiconductor design and process technologies, and will focus on integrated development of products and high-performance semiconductors. The result will be superior and higher value products.
*HDV and HDV logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation and Victor Company of Japan, Ltd.