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AMD unveils media processor, teams with TiVo for DVRs

Posted: 05 Jan 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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AMD has unveiled an SoC solution for portable media players that supports direct video content transfer to digital video recorders and scaling to DVD-quality displays. At the same time, AMD is partnering with TiVo to support its new DVR initiative.

Designated the processor powers Digital Cube PMPs" target=_blank>au1200, AMD's processor is said to offer long battery life and does not require a digital signal processor or complex DSP coding. By integrating media acceleration hardware and media player software, AMD believes the processor can help makers of media players speed time-to-market and possibly offer more affordable devices.

The ability to connect directly to digital video recorders and transfer video content without having to transcode the file through a PC is significant, AMD said, as it reduces the time spent downloading and playing back fresh video content on a portable media player.

AMD is partnering with DVR manufacturer TiVo to support the TiVo-To-Go initiative, which enables direct transfer of programs from a Series2 TiVo DVR directly to portable media players, laptops and other portable devices.

Once content is on the media player, the processor provides a DVD-quality display that can be scaled directly to screens as large as 1,024 x 768 without compromising image quality. The Au1200 is designed to support industry-standard media formats including MPEG2, MPEG4, WMV9, H.263 and DivX.

The processor consumes less than 400mW at 400MHz and supports both Windows CE.NET and Linux. It incorporates AES-128 data encryption/decryption.

AMD plans to make the Au1200 processor available in production quantities the second quarter of 2005 in 333MHz, 400MHz and 500MHz versions. In 10,000 unit quantities, the 333MHz version is priced at $22.50.

- Spencer Chin

EE Times

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