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NEL SOCs integrate four Xtensa microprocessor cores

Posted: 23 May 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mpeg-2 codec? system-on-chip? tensilica? xtensa? soc?

NTT Electronics (NEL) Corp. has released the Versatile and Advanced Signal Processing Architecture (VASA), and SuperENCIII MPEG-2 codec devices that integrate four of Tensilica's Xtensa microprocessor cores.

These SoCs promise to bring advanced image processing capabilities to applications ranging from high-performance HDTV to low-cost interactive video communications systems.

The VASA chip will allow engineers to design systems that process large video images surpassing HDTV, while the 30-million transistor SuperENCIII chip can process high-quality video at 480/60P and 720/30P formats. It features power consumption of <1.5W and employs an Xtensa processor as a controller for MPEG-2 video encoding.

Both are manufactured using a 0.135m CMOS process.

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