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Design for tomorrow's smart connected devices

Posted: 06 Jan 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:multi-core CPU? Android? smart TV? connected devices?

Although the global recession continues in many areas of the world and semiconductor industry growth into 2011 remains cloudy, it is clear that across Asia Pacific, growth continues unabated.

Across the consumer electronics market worldwide, the key trend now and into the foreseeable future is integration of internet connectivity into almost every consumer device.

Connected devices
Next-generation products such as "smart TVs" are becoming internet-connected and interconnected with other smart devices. Leveraging new software platforms such as Android, Adobe Air 2.5 for TV and Yahoo! Connected TV, smart TVs will enable a rich and interactive user experience for consumers. In addition to providing compelling internet and cloud-based entertainment and social media, these devices will seamlessly interact with each other, with the smart home, and with smart mobile devices for a truly connected consumer experience. Emerging "triple play", HD and 3D technologies will enable smart devices to provide even more compelling experiences.

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The SoCs that drive next-generation smart TVs and smart mobile devices must support a growing number of software standards and value-added applications such as OpenGL ES 2.0 for advanced graphics processing, Skype video conferencing, Adobe Flash Player, DLNA, widgets, audio post-processing, web browsers such as Google Chrome and more. There are also requirements such as region-specific operating systems (e.g. OMS in China), handwriting recognition, voice recognition and mapping, as well as carrier-specific optimizations. All of this advanced functionality puts ever-increasing demands on the underlying CPUs.

As consumers across the globe increasing embrace technologies including cloud applications and entertainment on their smart devices, network infrastructure requirements are also increasing. Smart TVs and other smart devices will continue to push network bandwidth requirements for both mobile and wired networks. For the devices that lie at the heart of these networks, ultra high-performance multicore CPUs are a necessity.

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