Thomson Multimedia

HDMI 1.3 Arrives
July 10, 2006

The seven HDMI Founder companies (Hitachi, Panasonic, Philips, Silicon Image, Sony, Thomson and Toshiba) released what they call “a major enhancement” of the High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) specification. HDMI 1.3, they say, will enable HDTVs, PCs and DVD players “to transmit and display content in billions of colors with unprecedented vividness and accuracy. HDMI 1.3 provides double the bandwidth of its predecessor (10.2 Gbps versus the previous 4.95 Gbps) and provides better color reproduction, support for new lossless digital audio formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, automatic audio/video synching capability and an optional smaller connector for use with digital cameras and camcorders. The companies

RCA HD DVD Player Now Available
June 5, 2006

Toshiba has some company in the HD DVD player hardware world. RCA’s HDV5000, priced at $499 retail, is now shipping. The HDV5000 supports various MPEG2, MPEG4/AVC and VC1, and plays back DVD/DVD-R/-RW/DVD-RAM discs, as well as MP3 audio files from CD-R/CD-RW discs. Like the Toshiba players, the RCA player allows users to search on-screen menus, make changes to set-up options and access other menu functions while a movie is playing. An Ethernet port “enables upgrading of the player as new features are developed,” says RCA. The device outputs 720p or 1080i via its HDMI 1.1 output, and provides upconversion to those resolutions for standard DVD

Connectivity's New School
June 1, 2005

Digital A/V connectors like HDMI and IEEE 1394 simplify hookups and improve signal transfers. But are they future-proof? When a federal court this spring put the nix on an FCC requirement that video equipment start implementing a broadcast flag copy protection scheme, the sighs of relief among consumer electronics manufacturers were not just an affirmation of the consumer's right to record. From a purely pragmatic standpoint, manufacturers were also relievedthat they would not need to re-design their products' connectors. By Cliff Roth Digital video and audio connections have numerous inherent advantages over analog connections. They're virtually impervious to noise pickup, and signal quality doesn't

Audio Is Served
June 1, 2003

What You Need To Know About Hard-Drive Audio Servers By Mark Fleischmann> The process of playing recorded music didn't change that much from the wax cylinder all the way up to the CD. You'd put a recording into a machine and music came out. Once music became digital, courtesy of the CD, the rules changed a bit (no pun intended). But the digitization of recorded music was almost a trivial event compared to the compression of those digits. Today's state-of-the-art playback systems put compressed audio files on a hard drive, where they are rigorously cross-indexed and organized, travel through the home in a