Techwell Unveils Multi-Channel Video Decoder Solutions for Security Surveillance Applications

Techwell, Inc., a designer of mixed signal video semiconductor solutions for the security surveillance, automotive, and consumer electronics markets, announced two next generation multi-channel video decoder solutions, the TW2865 and the TW2837. The TW2865 is Techwell's 5th generation 4-in-1 in video decoder and integrates video encoder functionality for on-chip TV Out support. The TW2837 is Techwell's 4th generation quad controller with integrated display and multiplexing functionality and has enhanced on-screen display functionality to improve the user interface in a DVR.

About the TW2865 and TW2837 devices
The TW2865 is a 4-in-1 video decoder and audio codec plus video encoder for security surveillance applications. The device includes four high quality NTSC/PAL/SECAM video decoders that convert analog composite video signal to digital component YCbCr data. Each channel contains a10-bit ADC and proprietary clamp/gain controller and utilizes 4H comb filter for separating luminance & chrominance to reduce cross noise artifacts. The TW2865 adopts image enhancement techniques such as IF compensation filter, CTI and programmable peaking. In addition, TW2865 includes one NTSC/PAL video encoder with two 10-bit DACs to support CVBS and YC output. The TW2865 also includes an audio codec which has five audio ADCs and one DAC. A built-in audio controller can generate digital outputs for recording/mixing and accepts digital input for playback.

The TW2837 is an improved version of TW2835 with four high quality NTSC/PAL video decoders, dual color display controllers and dual video encoders. The device includes four built-in analog anti-aliasing filters, four 10-bit ADCs, a proprietary digital gain/clamp controller, a high quality Y/C separator to reduce cross noise, and a high performance free scaler. The TW2837 has four built-in motion, blind and night detectors and a flexible video display/record/playback controller supporting basic display and MUX functions. The device also has an enhanced 256-color OSD that can display bitmap, single box, 2D array box, and mouse pointer. The built-in channel ID CODEC allows auto decoding and displaying during playback, and the additional scaler on the playback supports multi-cropping function of the same field or frame image. The TW2837 has two NTSC/PAL video encoders with three 10-bit DACs that can support composite and S-video outputs. The TW2837 also has an improved audio CODEC which has four audio ADCs and one DAC. A built-in audio controller can generate digital outputs for recording/mixing and accept digital input for playback. The TW2837 can be configured up to 8/16 channel video controller using chip-to-chip cascade connection. TW2837 is pin-to-pin compatible to TW2835.

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