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Toshiba media player integrates Freescale, Microsoft products

Posted: 10 Jan 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:gigabeat S Series? hard disc drive? digital video? digital audio? Windows Mobile Portable Media Center?

Toshiba America Consumer Products LLC has launched its gigabeat S Seriesa line of hard disc drive digital video and audio players powered by mobile technology from Freescale Semiconductor and Microsoft Corp. Based on Freescale's multimedia processing and power management technology, and Microsoft Windows Mobile Portable Media Center software, the gigabeat S Series delivers enough playback time to enjoy a full-length feature movie.

Part of Toshiba's gigastyle family of products, the new S Series portable media players (PMPs)in both 30GB and 60GB modelsutilize 1.8-inch hard drives for storing a variety of multimedia content, including audio, video, photos and recorded television programs. Freescale's i.MX31 multimedia applications processor provides the stellar video quality for the gigabeat S Series, which is powered by Freescale's MC13783 power management chip.

Meanwhile, Windows Mobile enables the gigabeat S Series Portable Media Center to serve as an extension of Windows XP Media Center Edition PCs or Xbox360 consoles, giving users the ability to plug in, synchronize and play their multimedia content.

The gigabeat models' 2.4-inch diagonally measured TFT QVGA LCD screen has a resolution of 320 x 240 Both models play digital music, display photos and video, and support WMA Lossless, WMA, MP3, WAV, WMV and JPEG. The PMPs also feature the "Plus Touch" design that is push-activated with deeper recessed buttons.

Freescale's i.MX31 multimedia applications processor is designed for video and audio media players, mobile gaming consoles and GPS systems, as well as smartphones, PDAs, ultra portable handheld computers and other wireless mobile devices. This processor includes power management, security management, digital rights management, and image processing technology. The processor is designed with Freescale's Smart Speed Technology, which promises low power consumption and a performance equivalent to processors with much higher MHz.

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