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JVC Adopts National Semiconductor DVD-on-a-chip for World's First Hybrid Recorder

National's NDV8501 finds new application in video recorder segment

Dec 25, 2000

December 25, 2000 - National Semiconductor Japan Ltd. today announced the adoption by Victor Company of Japan. Ltd. (JVC) of the National Mediamatics NDV8501 DVD-on-a-chip in the world's first hybrid recorder with an expandable 20GB hard disc drive (HDD).  JVC's new generation S-VHS recorder, the HM-HDS1, currently available in Japan, will be marketed worldwide in 2001.

The combination of VHS tape with hard disc will provide a new dimension of functions that will change the traditional concept of home video systems.  In addition to traditional S-VHS VCR capabilities, the HDD enables time shift playback and simultaneous recording/playback capability.  Consumers will be able to record up to 20 hours of programming on the HDD, dependant upon recording quality. 

The HM-HDS1 allows consumers to do basic editing to the information stored on the hard drive, and the edited material can then be recorded onto standard VHS tape.  The HDD memory is expandable through local JVC service centers.  The JVC HM-HDS1 utilizes advantages of the NDV8501's functions for the MPEG2 decoder and system controller.

"JVC has been a leader in the home electronics industry for decades, and we demand the highest quality from our providers," said Yasutoshi Matsuo, general manager of the Engineering Development, Video Products Division of JVC.  "We have used National's Mediamatics chips in some of our DVD players, and we knew they could deliver the MPEG-2 decoder and system control we needed for the HM-HDS1." 

"National has established itself as a leader in the DVD chip market, and the inclusion of our technology in the world's first dual VHS and HDD recorder proves the reliability and flexibility of our technology," said Kent Goodin, vice president of National's Mediamatics DVD Hardware Products.  "The HDD market is just starting to take off, and we are proud that Mediamatics was chosen as the chip-supplier for such a key project."

The NDV8501, announced in October, is the first chip in National's second generation DVD-on-a-chip family of solutions for DVD and other video device markets.  National leads the industry in providing the most flexible and feature-rich single-chip solutions for DVD players with highly integrated system-on-a-chip technology.  Utilizing its extensive hardware and software design expertise, National has increased the level of integration to incorporate Progressive Scan, Video Zoom, SCART support, Point Transform Control, a highly flexible video input/output port, on-chip processing of DTS and the newly released DVD-Audio format.  The NDV8501 can provide the high quality playback demanded by the most discriminating customers.

About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor provides system-on-a-chip solutions for the information age technologies.  Combining real-world analog and state-of-the-art digital technology, the company's chips lead many sectors of the personal computer, communications and consumer markets.  With headquarters in Santa Clara, California, National reported sales of $2.1 billion for its last fiscal year and has about 10,500 employees worldwide.  Additional company and product information is available on the World Wide Web at www.national.com.

About Victor Company of Japan, Ltd. (JVC)
JVC, well known for its invention of VHS format of VCR, is a leading international electronics company that has achieved success by combining its excellence in audio and video hardware with its global-scale software business, and also has a growing reputation for its professional equipment. JVC operates several business lines through which it offers a wide variety of devices and solutions. JVC business lines are Video, Audio, TV, Entertainment, Information-related Equipment, and Component Devices. Headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, JVC was founded in 1927. For more information, visit the JVC Web site at www.jvc-victor.co.jp