|Yamaha/Blackfin® Converge on Prototype for a Networked AV Center|
Yamaha, a global leader in music equipment as well as home audio and video systems, offers digital home theater systems based on years of know-how in construction acoustics, semiconductor technology, and acoustic design. When Yamaha was looking for a processor that could seamlessly integrate audio, video, and image processing plus control functions for its new concept design a Networked Audio/Video Center the company turned to Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) for a Blackfin® processor. A single Blackfin processor performs both media and control processing, eliminating the need for a separate signal processor and an MCU, in other words, the Blackfin is performing convergent processing.
Yamaha's Networked Audio/Video Center represents a new product category. The product, once delivered to the market, will serve as a central device for playing, storing, and distributing digital music, videos, and photos to any room in the house. It will be capable of multi-channel, multi-zone output from a variety of sources, including a set-top box, PVR, DVD, mobile audio player, internal hard disk, mobile storage media and the Ethernet. In the background, the Blackfin processor simultaneously handles high-performance streaming video and audio for playback. For the audio, this involves decoding formats such as AC3, DTS, MP3, AAC, and WMA. Blackfin also drives on-screen menus, which can be remotely controlled.
Yamaha's design concept demonstrates how a home entertainment system can combine the convenience of a consumer electronics product with PC-style features that include hard-disk storage, removable memory, and network connectivity. It is also the perfect showcase for the Blackfin processor's convergent processing abilities.
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