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An enhanced Nexperia processor

Posted: 11 Mar 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:royal philips electronics? pnx1700? nexperia? media processor? processor?

Royal Philips Electronics released the newest member of its Nexperia family of media processors with high-definition (hd) capabilities.

Combining media processing, network connectivity and display enhancement on a single chip, the PNX1700 is designed to deliver unprecedented picture quality of streaming movies, news, digital photos and TV programs, said Philips. It doubles the performance of previous generations while maintaining both hardware and software compatibility. "The PNX1700 not only extends Philips' technology and market leadership, but also further validates Nexperia's ability to meet our partners' needs, such as time-to-market, upgradeability and low cost," said Chris Day, GM of Advanced Media Processing at Philips Semiconductors.

"The PNX1700 leverages our customers' existing investments in both software and hardware, while providing them with a cost-effective path to high-definition video," Day added.

The PNX1700 features a new 500MHz+ super-pipelined TriMedia CPU core, based on its combination of high-performance and compatibility. It supports decoding of HD video formats, including Windows Media Video, DivX, MPEG-4 and MPEG-2. In addition, the new Nexperia member can simultaneously encode and decode full D1 resolution MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 video; includes new instructions to optimize encoding and decoding of H.264 video; and supports standard definition (SD) to HD up-conversion with advanced de-interlacing.

The PNX1700 is supported by a complete development package, including hardware reference design, C-compiler, debugger, and extensive software codecs and applications software. Target applications include IP STBs, digital media adapters, personal video recorders, videophones and TVs.

The PNX1700 will sample to select customers in June, with volume production scheduled in Q3 2005.

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