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New Nexperia IC offers fast download, long battery life

Posted: 04 Jul 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Philips? Nexperia mobile multimedia processor? PNX0103?

Royal Philips Electronics has launched a new Nexperia mobile multimedia processor, the PNX0103, which promises super-fast download of content to mobile phones and portable Flash storage devices, while minimizing power consumption and increasing battery life on the move. With the ultralow power audio capabilities of the new processor, the company said consumers can enjoy up to 100hrs of uninterrupted excellent audio playback on their MP3 players.

According ot Philips, the new processor incorporates a superior audio feature set supporting the latest consumer trends in mobile entertainmentincluding the widely used Microsoft PlaysForSure standard. The IC contains a number of hardware features with corresponding software modules that promise to enhance security and allow various digital rights management (DRM) schemes.

The company said the device incorporates a Hi-Speed USB on-the-go (OTG) controller that enables efficient data transfer between the media player and other USB peripheral devices such as PCs. It is also equipped with interfaces to 802.11 b/g wireless or Bluetooth interconnectivity modules, allowing ODMs and OEMs to build-in the flexibility to connect with a wide range of media devices at home or on-the-move, Philips explained.

"As the market demands smaller and more fashionable devices capable of holding more data than before, Philips strives to enrich consumer experience with low-power, high-quality audio ICs," said Rutton Ruttonsha, senior VP and general manager for personal entertainment solutions, Philips Semiconductors. "At the same time, device manufacturers can benefit from the constant price fluctuations in the flash memory market, since our PNX0103 supports a large range of NAND flash allowing ODMs to switch suppliers easily."

The trend towards increased memory size, allowing consumers to pack more content onto devices, now reaches upwards of 8Gbytes in ultra-thin Flash devices, Philips said. The new processor supports various capacities of single-level cell and multilevel cell NAND Flash memory from varied vendors, benefiting OEMs and ODMs by overcoming the volatility of the NAND flash market. The built-in dedicated NAND Flash controller enables secure download and execution of program code for DRM, as well as fast read/write of multimedia content, the company explained.

The PNX0103, Philips said, was developed using a 90nm CMOS fabrication method to produce a programmable IC capable of supporting any audio decoder or encoder and integrated with advanced power management provisions to reduce power consumption to a minimum.

First samples of the Philips Nexperia mobile multimedia processor PNX0103 are currently available.

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