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Atmel licenses Hantro video decoder for 32bit MCUs

Posted: 05 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:32bit MCU? video decoder? processor?

Atmel Corp. has licensed Hantro's 8170 multiformat video decoder RTL to be integrated alongside an ARM9 processor core in a chip targeted for multifunctional next-generation video devices such as personal media players and navigation systems.

The company is the first to license the new Hantro 8170 decoder that supports 16MP JPEG, H.263, H.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 simple and advanced simple profile (DivX), XviD Portable, VC-1 main and advanced profiles up to full HD (1080p) resolution. The 8170 design is fully configurable allowing the choice of formats and maximum resolution to be defined prior to integration ensuring the best-fit solution for target applications through the optimal use of external memories and by minimizing the silicon footprint.

The decoder also incorporates a host of post-processing features that facilitate integration, application development and further enhance the user experience. High resolution capability, broad format support and post-processing features such as: cropping, scaling, rotation and de-interlacing, mean, for devices that use the new Atmel chip, the ability to play back a huge array of content without the need for prior re-purposing.

"This agreement will enable us to expand our AT91SAM family of microcontrollers into application-specific devices focused on the fast-growing multimedia market," commented Alfredo Vadillo, managing director for Atmel's 32bit MCUs.

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