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Pixelworks, AMD team on set-top box platform

Posted: 31 Aug 2005     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:pixelworks  sailfish ii  alchemy  au1550 processor  broadband 

System-on-chip supplier Pixelworks Inc. has collaborated with AMD Inc. to co-design the Sailfish II platform, a reference design based on the Pixelworks PWBSP-16 broadband signal processor IC and the AMD Alchemy Au1550 processor that enables set-top boxes to integrate broadband video, voice and data access into a single device.

Both AMD and Pixelworks expect the Sailfish II platform to accelerate product development of set-top boxes, digital media adapters and personal video recorders capable of simultaneously handling Internet Protocol television (IPTV), Voice-over-IP (VoIP) and network router and gateway functions. The reference design kit, including hardware and software, will help OEMs and ODMs to rapidly implement affordable broadband media gateways that will offer consumers better access to broadband entertainment and information.

"By collaborating with AMD, the Sailfish II platform can jumpstart the expanding market for powerful set-top boxes that handle video, telephony and data over broadband networks," said Brad Zenger, vice president and general manager, Advanced Media Processors, at Pixelworks, in a statement.

The Sailfish II platform supports codecs for multiple video standards, including VC-1, AVC and MPEG-2, as well as H.263++/H.264 video phone capabilities. The reference design also includes software support for AVC/H.264 Main Profile/MPEG-4 Part 10, MPEG-4 Part 2, VC-1 and MPEG-2 at high definition, with extensibility to support additional codec formats and video input processing, network routers, gateways, higher-performance VPN and VoIP capabilities.

- EE Times

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