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GCT Semicon taps ARM processor for digital mobile TV, 4G apps

Posted: 18 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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GCT Semiconductor has licensed ARM's ARM926EJ-S processor for its next-generation reference designs focused on digital mobile TV and emerging 4G wireless technologies.

According to the press release, the processor will enable GCT to deliver a flexible SoC platform for next-generation smart phones and laptops, supporting rich audio content and high-performance mobile gaming applications.

"ARM's expertise has proven valuable while planning our latest SoC designs," said Dr. Kyeongho Lee, CEO of GCT. "By licensing an ARM9E family processor, we have procured a proven and robust design, which will allow us optimal processing horsepower for our extremely low power CMOS devices. This will provide a competitive edge as we develop and release products for 3G and 4G applications such as W-CDMA/Edge and the emerging mobile TV standards (such as ISDB-T, DVB-H/T and DMB) that need to be extremely power efficient for maximum run time."

Eyeing Asia
One of the biggest markets for mobile gaming is South Korea. Gartner Inc. reported that mobile gaming accounted for 9.8 percent (or $155 million) of South Korea's total game market in 2004. As a member of the ARM Connected Community, GCT will be able to capitalize on the expanding market for mobile games in Asia. The ARM926EJ-S processor features proprietary Jazelle technology, enabling GCT Semiconductor to develop fast Java-based devices with long battery life, ideally suited for mobile gaming.

"The wealth of features and services demanded by mobile consumers requires a flexible and robust processor engine, capable of switching applications seamlessly and driving performance efficiently at low power. The ARM9E processor family represents the ideal solution for ARM Partners such as GCT Semiconductor by rolling out enhanced features on a low power budget," said Sam Kim, president of ARM Korea. "GCT Semiconductor is at the forefront of technology innovation, with initiatives to launch SoCs for digital mobile TV and emerging 4G technologies."

The ARM926EJ-S processor is fully synthesizable, and features 32-bit RISC CPU, flexible size instruction and data caches, tightly coupled memory interfaces and memory management unit. The processor is also compatible with the ARM EDA Reference Methodology, and is fully supported by the ARM RealView Development Suite 3.0 and the RealView System Generator tool.

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