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Mobilic unveils dev't kit for portable consumer products

Posted: 06 Jul 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Mobile solutions designer Mobilic Technology Corp. has announced its new, portable multimedia device solution that combines the features of a digital camera, a personal media player (PMP), Java games, Web browsing and a production-ready development kit. The development kit, called MDK730, is for applications such as cellphones, portable multimedia players, IP cameras and other portable consumer products.

The MDK730 is based on the company's MP730 multimedia processor introduced in December 2005. The kit includes a complete set of reference design board schematics, a Gerber file, standard reference software and a software development kit. The reference design board (12-by-8.5cm) includes a multimedia board, numeric keypad, 2.2-inch 320 x 240 TFT LCD display and 1.3Mpixel image sensor.

Mobilic said its MP730 multimedia processor is touted to provide the highest level of functional integration in the industry, supporting more applications than any other known IC on the market. It integrates the 200MHz ARM926EJ CPU, a scaleable image signal processor (supporting sensors up to 12Mpixels), an MPEG4 codec, a USB Host and Device, 10-/100MHz Ethernet, SDIO and many other interfaces. The high functional integration of the processor assures lower development costs, more elegant designs and a smaller application footprint, the company said.

In addition, the MP730 also runs on the Linux OS, which was ported by Mobilic engineers. The addition of the royalty-free Linux OS allows vendors to add to their products popular features such as optical character recognition (OCR), face recognition and voice to text.

"Think about combining image capture, OCR and text-to-voice, to your product, no matter if it's a cell phone or a PMP," said Eric Chan, Mobilic's engineering vice president. "With the addition of the Linux OS, the MDK730 provides the most cost effective and flexible solution for users to easily add some of the most popular applications to their product." Other possible value add-ons include integrated networking capability Web browsing, VoIP and network media streaming.

Joseph Jiang, president and CEO of Mobilic, said they would continue to add to the development kit. Three major platform features targeted for inclusion are WiFi connection, GPS and mobile digital TV.

The complete MDK730 kit is priced at $990. For customers who want to build an end product, the estimated total BOM cost is said to be under $70.

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