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Toshiba picks Altera's CPLDs for new PMPs

Posted: 11 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Altera? Toshiba? CPLD? CPLD? MAX II?

Altera Corp. announced that Toshiba Corp. has selected the Pb-free version of its MAX II CPLD family for their newest line of gigabeat PMPs to drive NAND sales" target=_blank>portable media players. Toshiba is using MAX II to perform critical broadcast receiver processing, including filtering the one-segment broadcast tuner output and recovering the system time clock.

MAX II devices enabled Toshiba designers to reduce development time by several months and to introduce the gigabeat V30T in time to be the first portable digital audio/video player supporting Japan's one-segment TV and radio broadcasting services, the company said.

"The design flexibility provided by MAX II devices enabled us to meet a very rigid development schedule," said Masatoshi Ogawa, chief specialist, Toshiba, digital media network company, mobile entertainment products division, development & design department. "Additionally, after evaluating several CPLDs and FPGAs, we determined that the low power consumption and low cost of the MAX II devices made them the best choice for our gigabeat V30T portable digital audio player."

According to Altera, MAX II offer portable system designers, on average, 50 percent lower cost and power than competing CPLD solutions due to very low cost and features such as ultra-small form-factor packages, high density, on-chip voltage regulator, and power-down capabilities.

"More and more, programmable logic devices like MAX II CPLDs are finding their way into consumer products to help developers like Toshiba be successful in meeting their time to market, cost and performance goals," said Todd Scott, senior director, consumer business unit at Altera.

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