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Russia demos digital TV SoC

Posted: 15 Mar 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:90nm DTV? NeuroMatrix DSP? STB TV?

RC Module JSC, a Russian microelectronics design firm, recently unveiled a 90nm SoC designed for use in STB TV receiver applications. The new chip is powered by the company's NeuroMatrix DSP technology.

The demonstration was conducted in cooperation with STB maker General Satellite Corp. and RC Module's foundry supplier Fujitsu Semiconductor Ltd at the Si-Forum 2011. The forum was held in Gusev, in the Kaliningrad region of Russia, a Russian enclave situated between Poland and Lithuania.

RC Module SoC

In addition, the three companies have signed a series of agreements on cooperation to address the Russian DTV market, RC Module said. In particular, it was agreed that while Fujitsu will manufacture the SoC, packaging and testing operations would be brought to Gusev. First samples of the SoC were demonstrated plugged into a fully working prototype of a high-definition digital STB receiver. "Volume production of the SD/HD SoC will start in Q3/Q4 of 2011," a company spokesman said.

RC Module was founded in 1990 and has roots in providing neural-network software for industrial applications. The original NeuroMatrix device, the NMC6403, was introduced by RC Module in the late 1990s as a combination of a 32/64bit RISC processor and a 64bit vector processor DSP capable of emulating neural networks and supporting neural-net software. The device was originally manufactured for RC Module by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd on a 0.5micron process, with the intention to port the design to a 0.25micron process with Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe GmbH.

At that time software originally written for industrial target identification, acquisition and tracking was re-purposed by RC Module for automobile traffic monitoring applications.

In January 2010, RC Module announced the NM6405 on 0.25micron CMOS and the 1879XK1 programmable baseband processor, an SoC in 90nm CMOS aimed at GLONASS/GPS navigation applications. The baseband processor included an ARM1176JZF-S core and two NMC3 NeuroMatrix DSP cores.

The latest SoC, also labeled 1879 and also manufactured for RC Module by Fujitsu in 90nm CMOS, includes the ARM1176 core operating at 324MHz, a multistandard hardware video decoder (H.264/AVC, VC-1, MPEG-2), a configurable audio decoder engine based on NeuroMatrix DSP technology and a multichannel DMA engine.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times

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