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*****For immediate use August 5th, 2002

NEC Delivers New High-Performance System-on-a-Chip to Set-Top Box and Digital TV Markets

-Dual-Processor SoC for Set-Top Box and Digital TV Applications Offers Compelling Mix of Price and Performance-

SANTA CLARA, Calif., DÜSSELDORF, Germany, TOKYO, August 5, 2002 - NEC Electronics Inc. (United States), NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH and NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.1) today announced a new system-on-a-chip (SoC) audio/video decoder solution for use in set-top box and digital television applications. The SoC (NEC part number µPD61120) features dual 32-bit MIPS(R) processors to maximize performance and offers decoding support for popular audio formats including Dolby(R) Digital and MP3. The audio/video decoder SoC is also software upgradeable, allowing original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to easily µPDate application support in the field via the SoC's integrated soft modem.

Key to the performance capabilities of NEC's new SoC is its two integrated MIPS processor cores. In set-top boxes based on single processor designs, the processor must support both the operating system and decoding of audio and video streams simultaneously, which can severely limit performance. NEC's µPD61120 SoC devotes one processor to supporting the operating system and the other to supporting real-time audio and video decoding. This arrangement significantly improves processing performance, enhances graphics quality and provides the ability to support more audio standards compared to competing solutions. A high level of integration is achieved by implementing the SoC in NEC's advanced 0.13-micron fabrication process.

"The µPD61120 dual-processor audio/video decoder SoC solution is uniquely capable of delivering the performance required for next-generation advanced digital media applications," said Katsu Itagaki, director, digital consumer and embedded processors, System LSI Solutions business unit, NEC Electronics Inc. "We believe that our new SoC has significantly raised the price/performance bar and will emerge as a best-in-class solution for set-top box and digital TV applications."

"NEC led the industry in 1998 by delivering the first single-chip solution that fully integrated all core elements needed for backend processing in a set-top box," said Colin Smith, head of NEC's Multimedia Application Centre, NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH. "Once again, NEC has demonstrated its technical leadership by delivering a powerful single-chip solution at a price point that enables its mass deployment in low-cost set-top boxes and digital TVs."

Key Features of the µPD61120 SoC

  • Dual MIPS32 4Kc CPUs

  • 225 MIPS performance at 187 megahertz (MHz) frequency

  • 3.3-volt (V) interface and 1.5V core operation

  • Unified Memory Architecture (UMA) for DDR SDRAM

  • Programmable transport stream de-multiplexer

  • Digital video broadcasting (DVB) and DirecTV(R) compliance

  • Serial or parallel stream interface

  • High-speed data output port for IEEE-1394 interface

  • Audio MPEG1/MPEG2 compliance

  • NTSC, PAL and SECAM compliance

About NEC Electronics Digital Audio/Visual Solutions
NEC Electronics offers a broad range of system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for digital AV products. For digital set-top box applications, NEC Electronics offers both the cost-effective µPD61120 family for basic set-top boxes and the high-performance µPD61130 family, which incorporates a MIPS(R) processor core and a built-in integrated development environment (IDE) and PCI interface for personal video recorders (PVRs) and dual MPEG2 stream decoding. NEC's µPD61151 and µPD61152 single-chip large-scale integration (LSI) MPEG2 products integrate an audio encoder, video encoder and 32-bit V850 microcontroller to enable high-quality, low-power digital audio and video encoding. NEC's IEEE-based µPD72891 and µPD72893 large-scale integration (LSI) chips provide a high-speed serial bus with an embedded digital video codec, making them ideal for receiving and transmitting multimedia data between multiple devices. For more information in the United States, visit

Pricing and Availability
Samples of NEC's µPD61120 SoC are available now in a 272-pin plastic ball grid array (PBGA) package, with mass production scheduled for third quarter 2002. Pricing for the µPD61120 SoC is US$30 in 10,000-unit quantities. Reference boards to aid in the development of application software are also available from NEC. Pricing and availability are subject to change.

About NEC Electronics Inc.
NEC Electronics Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is one of the leading developers, manufacturers and suppliers of semiconductor products in the United States. Committed to meeting customers' cost, performance and time-to-market requirements, the company offers solutions ranging from standard products to system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions, as well as customized products for next-generation designs. NEC Electronics also offers customers the benefits of a local manufacturing facility in Roseville, California, and the global manufacturing capabilities of its parent company, NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY). For more information about products offered by NEC Electronics Inc., visit the NEC Electronics website at

About NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH
NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH, headquartered in Duesseldorf, Germany, is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of semiconductor products in Europe. Committed to meeting customers' cost, performance and time-to-market requirements, the company offers solutions ranging from standard products to system-on-a-chip (SOC) solutions, as well as customised products for next-generation designs. NEC Electronics also offers customers the benefit of state-of-the-art manufacturing locally in Europe, besides the global production of its parent company, NEC Corporation. For more information, visit

About NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.1) is one of the world's leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its diverse and global base of customers. Ranked as one of the world's top patent-producing companies, NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and electron devices, through its three market-focused, in-house companies: NEC Solutions, NEC Networks and NEC Electron Devices. NEC Corporation employs more than 140,000 people worldwide and had net sales of approximately $39 billion in the fiscal year ended March 2002. For additional information, please visit the NEC home page at:


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