Ocean Blue cracks single chip TV solution

UK-based Ocean Blue says its new ‘Sunrise' software will enable viewers, for the first time, to receive HD, digital, and analogue transmissions on a single chip within an LCD or Plasma TV. The software will also enable inbuilt power saving features and plug in USB devices.

The new Sunrise software from Ocean Blue is the first software that incorporates power saving functions, HD, USB support, digital and analogue formats, which can all operate on a single internal chipset, as opposed to the multiple chips currently in use.

Combining multiple broadcast types and functions on a single chip will cut development time and reduce software and hardware costs for the next breed of HD TVs. Ocean Blue's CEO, Ken Helps, said: "High Definition will be the hottest broadcast technology of 2009 and the single chipset solution for televisions will be the panacea. Standards such as DVB-T2 have only been finalised this summer. Ocean Blue is working closely with the semi-conductor industry to produce the hardware & software solution that will power the new generation of televisions, which will also be more energy efficient".

With Ocean Blue's Sunrise software, channel tuning for both analogue and digital is accomplished through the same user interface, leading to a better user experience across multiple broadcast signals. It will also enable an easy dual set-up process for Integrated Digital TVs via one single user interface.

This new generation of chipsets for televisions will also have functions allowing TV to be switched into an energy saving mode, rather than just standby mode, says Ocean Blue.