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TriMedia CPU optimized for mobile media processing

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

Keywords:royal philips electronics? trimedia? cpu core? tm3270?

Royal Philips Electronics has a new TriMedia CPU core that will be used in a wide range of Philips' Nexperia media processing solutions. The TM3270 TriMedia CPU combines the performance needed for processing the latest audio/video formats with extremely low power operation.

The TM3270 core is a fully synthesizable design allowing easy integration into Nexperia SoC designs, according to Philips. Utilizing new, patented instructions for H.264 video processing and voltage-scaling capabilities, it is able to decode full D1-resolution H.264 video with CABAC while consuming under 100mW typical power consumption. It supports the encoding and decoding of all leading audio and video formats including H.264, MPEG-1/2/4, Windows Media 9 and DivX.

Support for programmable image-enhancement optimizes video quality for sharpness and clarity on next generation displays. The CPU is fully C-programmable, maintaining backward compatibility with previous TriMedia CPUs, and ensuring compatibility with future evolving standards.

"In designing the System on a Chip for our HomePortal residential gateways, we needed a CPU that was robust enough to drive the feature-rich multimedia applications our products enable," said Pat Romano, CTO at 2Wire.

The TM3270 CPU is available now in low-power 0.09-micron CMOS process. The first Nexperia SOC solutions containing the new TriMedia CPU will be announced in the first half of 2006. There is no pricing available since Philips will not be openly licensing the CPU. They will be using it in their own future Nexperia media processing solutions.

- Marty Gold


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