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Freescale SoCs integrate Chips&Media's video tech

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:applications processor? hardware video? acceleration technology?

Chips&Media Inc, a silicon video IP company from South Korea has announced that Freescale Semiconductor Inc is using its CODA960 hardware video acceleration technology in Freescale's i.MX 6 SoC series.

i.MX 6 series is a scalable multicore family of applications processors designed for next-generation tablets, e-readers, smartphones, automotive infotainment systems and other consumer and industrial products. The first device in the family, called the 6Quad, represents one of the industry's first low-power SOCs to combine four ARM-based CPU's with a full 64bit memory bus, said Chips&Media.

The CODA960 video codec IP core is a hardware video codec that supports for 1080p60 encode/decode, as well as encoding and decoding multiple HD, SD and CIF streams. It provides multistandards and multistream support for all broadcast standards including, MPEG-2, H.264, VC-1, AVS and MVC as well as support for other internet video standards including H.263, Sorenson Spark, RealVideo8/9/10, VP8 and Theora. It also supports MPEG-4, H.264, H.263 and MJPEG encode for video telephony and video surveillance.

The i.MX51 and i.MX53 processors from the series, which utlilize Chips&Media's video Codec technologies, are already shipping in high volumes across a broad range of consumer devices including smartphones, tablets, e-book readers, and other smart mobile devices.

By providing four ARM Cortex-A9 cores running up to 1.2GHz each, with integrated 3D graphics and high definition video capabilities enabling 1080p HD video playback at 60 frames per second (fps), dual stream HD processing 3D video playback and 3D video encoding, the processors deliver over five times the multimedia performance of Freescale's current generation of applications processors, Chips&Media noted.

Rajeev Kumar, i.MX product line manager with Freescale's multimedia applications division said, "We're glad to confirm this collaboration with Chips&Media. The demand for mobile HD video is growing at a rapid rate. With more users playing games and watching high-definition movies, Chips&Media's proven video technology is key in delivering a high-quality visual experience on i.MX based mobile devices."

Steve Kim, CEO of Chips&Media added: "The CODA960 is a member of third generation of Chips&Media's HD platform. We're very delighted to see users to bring a new level of high definition hardware video processing performance with its CODA960 enabled in Freescale's i.MX 6 series."

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