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Processors keep consumer apps connected

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:processor? DSP? IP core? consumer electronics?

Imagination Technologies Group plc is set to release a series of embedded processors intended to support Internet-connectivity in low-cost consumer products.

The Meta Connected Processor family will combine versions of Imagination's 32bit Meta multithreaded processor and Ensigma programmable communications technologies. The combination is already used in consumer broadcast applications, thereby combining the Internet and Internet radio with DAB radio.

The Meta Connected Processors will allow the same benefits to be extended to products such as digital photo frames, media players, printers, toys and connected cameras. The combination IP allows multi-standard connectivity, alongside a Linux- or RTOS-based applications environment as well as DSP-intensive algorithm execution.

The META Connected Processor IP core family will enable consumer products to be connected not only to the internet but also to each other.

Imagination said that within five years, more than 70 percent of all mainstream consumer electronics products, including TVs, radios, cameras, printers and more will be connected to the Internet.

"The world is getting so connected that soon creating any chip incorporating a processor without connectivity will seem as alien as designing a chip today without memory or peripherals," said Imagination CEO Hossein Yassaie, in a statement. "In the future everything from the smallest, cheapest electronic device upwards will have an IP address and be connected to the world via the internet. The most innovative new products being released now and in the next few years are now all connected, and recognizing this we are developing new low power, connected processor IP cores based on our innovative 32bit processor and communications architectures to enable an era of ubiquitous internet connectivity."

- Peter Clarke
EE Times Europe

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