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Toshiba, Sigma team on Linux for multimedia

Posted: 08 Sep 2005     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:linux  risc microprocessor  sigma design em8620l 

Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. will collaborate with Sigma Designs Inc. to offer a new Linux platform based on its TX4938 MIPS-based TX System RISC microprocessor and the Sigma EM8620L digital media processor.

The platform from TAEC and Sigma is expected to provide customers with a quick time-to-market decoder solution for a range of digital multimedia appliances including DVD players, IP set-top boxes and digital media players.

"Over the past few years, TAEC has been working closely with Sigma Designs on the development of a series of multimedia reference platforms, and this new platform represents another milestone," said Shardul Kazi, VP of the Embedded Processor SoC Business Unit at TAEC, in a statement. "With the Toshiba/Sigma platform, we are providing our customers with a standard-definition or high-definition MPEG-2/MPEG-4 and Windows Media Video 9 decoder solution for digital multimedia applications that can get them to market faster and with less effort," added Kazi.

The Toshiba/Sigma platform can plug into the PCI slot on the Toshiba RBTX4938 reference board, or plug into the Toshiba AVM49R multimedia reference platform. Supplied in a 6.7-inch by 6.7-inch mini-ITX form factor, the AVM49R integrates a 300MHz Toshiba TMPR4938XB 64-bit MIPS-based RISC processor, and a Toshiba TC86C001F PCI-to-ATA66/USB companion chip.

Sigma's EM8620L media processor provides a complete single-chip solution for next generation IP video and connected media players, featuring high definition Windows Media Video 9 support. It includes media processing functions for video decoding, audio decoding, and graphics processing based on REALmagic HD technology. The processor features an on-chip RISC processor, PCI-bus, IDE controller and additional peripheral ports to support other subsystems.

The Toshiba AVM49R Multimedia Reference Platform Hardware Developer Kit is available to licensees at $10,000 per license. The Toshiba RBTX4938 reference board is available for sale at under $2,000 each.

- EE Times

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