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Frontier Silicon 'unveils lowest power, smallest footprint T-DMB solution'

Posted: 23 Feb 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:frontier silicon? kino? digital baseband processor? baseband processor? processor?

Frontier Silicon launched Kino, its new digital baseband processor specifically designed for mobile digital television. According to the company, their new chip is the lowest power, smallest footprint solution for enabling t-dmb phone race" target=_blank>terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting (T-DMB) services in mobile handsets.

A highly integrated SoC, Kino consumes less than 100mW of power and supports a full decoding rate over 1.8Mbps without the need for any external memory. To reduce the system cost, analog functions such as the IF ADC, voltage controlled crystal oscillator (VCXO), power-on reset and audio digital-to-analogue converters are all integrated on the chip, as is the Reed Solomon decoder, which is implemented in hardware rather than software, thereby significantly reducing the power consumption, said Frontier Silicon.

The company added that its new Kino chip is unlike a general purpose DSP (digital signal processor) approach for T-DMB, in that it provides a dedicated hardware solutionbased on the META processor core and Ensigma universal communication co-processor intellectual property licensed from Imagination Technologieswhich is fully programmable using software. This provides mobile TV handset manufacturers with maximum flexibility for configuring their handsets and the options that they can provide to their customers, Frontier Silicon said.

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