NEC Bows Single-Chip MPEG Decoder


NEC Electronics America Inc. rolled out its “uPD61126” single-chip MPEG decoder Wednesday.

The company said it has incorporated features specifically designed to prevent illegal reception and copying of pay TV broadcasts and information stored in set-top boxes.

“Piracy of digital broadcasts is a growing and costly issue for producers, content owners and broadcasters of television programming," NEC Electronics Corp. general manager, digital audio-video systems division Masao Hirasawa said in a prepared statement. "The newest addition to our lineup of MPEG decoders provides an affordable single-chip solution designed to significantly limit such illegal activities."