January 26, 1996 in Social Responsibility News

Interactive Set-Top PC

.Enables users to enjoy interactive TV via their PC.
.Supports Video-CD and MPEG overlays.

(Seoul) - Samsung Electronics Co. (SEC) has developed a personal computer that has a TV set-top-box capacity built in on a single board (model name: SSP-1000). The new product retains the original PC functions while allowing users to enjoy interactive TV. Accordingly, people will have access to high-quality multimedia services via their PC.

The products is designed to operate in dual modes - Windows ?5 and Windows 3.1 as well as OS/9 by Microware Co. The PC can receive compressed audio/video/graphics data with MPEG-1 (1.544 Mbps) picture quality. A two-way function allows users to select from a menu and send commands to a video server.

A new-generation MPEG chip is built in, so users can watch Video-CD without having to install an MPEG card. An overlay function makes it possible to ?apture?important images, expand them, contract them or edit them. All functions can be operated by remote control.

In Korea, the set-top PC can be hooked up to the Video Dial Tone service by Korea Telecom and the information superhighway being promoted by the Korean government. Industry watchers predict that interactive TV services will be fully available in the US within the next 3-4 years, so demand for this product is expected to expand rapidly. Last year, over 4 million PCs with MPEG cards were sold in the US only.

Samsung Electronics has developed an MPEG-1 class product and now has the basic technology to support MPEG-2. Currently the company is working on the development of high-performance products that can be connected to ATM systems, which will be the link to superfast data transmission networks of the future.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., headquartered in Seoul, is a world leader in the electronics sector, with operations in more than 70 countries. The company develops, manufactures, and markets audio and video products, household electronics goods, computers & peripheral products, display products, telecommunication & information systems, software tools & semiconductors.

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