SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Dec. 17, 2007 — NEC Electronics America, Inc. today announced that analog copy protection with patented copy protection strategies from Dwight Cavendish Systems (DCS) has been integrated into NEC Electronics’ Enhanced MultiMedia Architecture(TM) (EMMA(TM))-based MPEG decoders, which deliver digital video data in a system on chip (SoC) designed for the digital video broadcasting (DVB), satellite, terrestrial, cable and IP, including digital video recorder (DVR), markets. With this new addition, designers now have a choice of analog copy protection in off-the-shelf solutions from NEC Electronics.
The first EMMA-based device to integrate DCS analog copy protection is the EMMA2SE/P(TM) (part number uPD61142) MPEG2 DVR device, which processes standard definition (SD) audio-video (AV) data and incorporates advanced on-chip security features to protect and ensure the integrity of that data.
DCS offers its analog copy protection royalty-free to MPEG device manufacturers and set-top box (STB) makers.
“We have an excellent relationship with the NEC Electronics team and have enjoyed working with them on these implementations. They immediately understood our mission to bring flexibility, straight talking and partnership to this aspect of content protection,” says Mazen Abdin, CEO of DCS Ltd. “They immediately saw the benefits in terms of improved security, ease of implementation and a cooperative business model. Serious Pay TV players may now obtain the security required at lower cost and greater convenience.”
“With an increasing amount of information being shared through cable and satellite delivery systems, and the growing popularity of digital set-top boxes, we saw a need to add additional analog copy security options to our EMMA-based devices,” said Kats Nakazawa, general manager, digital consumer and connectivity strategic business unit, NEC Electronics America. “With the DCS solution, we are now able to provide our customers with the security they demand, without adding additional costs or royalty fees.”
NEC Electronics’ Digital AV Offerings
Since introducing the world’s first system LSI chip for digital broadcast STBs in 1998, NEC Electronics has launched numerous market-leading devices based on its EMMA platform. With a current lineup of 13 devices for STBs, the company has a promising roadmap of innovative solutions and aims to reach US$800 million in EMMA-based sales by 2010. More information about NEC Electronics America’s digital AV lineup can be found at http://www.am.necel.com/digital_av/.
Dwight Cavendish Systems designs and develops proprietary copy protection technologies, specializing in addressing the vulnerability of piracy of analog outputs in consumer electronic devices. DCS’ patented technology inhibits the unlicensed recording of copyrighted content, specifically feature films, through analog proprietary copy protection technologies. Typically DCS’ products are licensed to prevent unauthorized copying of movies either on DVDs or through video-on-demand.