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RMI releases pin-compatible solutions for portable apps

Posted: 19 Jan 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Raza Microelectronics  multi-function portable media players  mPMP  consumer applications 

Raza Microelectronics Inc. (RMI) has announced two products for next-generation multi-function portable media players (mPMP) and other consumer applications. RMI's new product offering includes the Au1210 and the Au1250, both aimed at a reduction in power, while maintaining pin and software compatibility, full support from its industry-leading Partner Alliance Members and extending the leadership position that the Alchemy Processor Family enjoys in the Portable Media Player and Navigation arenas.

The RMI Alchemy Au1250 Media Processor extends the strengths of the existing Alchemy Processors into a broad range of digital media applications. The Au1250 processor is pin-compatible and software compatible with the existing Au1200 sockets and leverages the Au1200's success in PMPs, automotive, infotainment and digital media adapters (DMAs) by providing significantly increased performance while improving its power optimised advantages associated with the Alchemy Processor family. Like the Au1200, the Au1250 provides full D1 720 x 480) video resolution with MPEG 1, 2, 4wmv9, DivX and Xvid. The SoC architecture allows system designers the ability to implement full featured PMPs using the Alchemy processors without the need for additional components.

This elevated application processing performance, with remarkably low power, makes the Au1250 processor ideally suited to the expanding needs of mPMP. The Au1250 combines increased performance, up to 600MHz, with power reductions of more than 30 per cent (active power) and 60 per cent (inactive power), compared to existing Au1200-based systems, the current performance per watt leader in the industry. Users can now enjoy the ability to simultaneously run multiple diverse applications with substantially longer battery life than before.

The RMI Alchemy Au1210 Navigation Processor is optimised for portable navigation devices and for single-purpose media applications. The Au1210 is both pin-compatible and software-compatible with the Au1200, the current media processing solution from RMI, and the newly announced Au1250. The Au1210 also enjoys similar functionality of the Au12xx Family with different clock rate and video performance.

The Au1210 operates at frequencies up to 400 MHz and supports video decode up to Wide-CIF (480 x 288) resolution. This targeted functionality enables customers to address cost-sensitive applications such as GPS navigation, where full D1 video resolution is not required.

The RMI Alchemy Family consists of pin-compatible Media and Navigation SoCs enabling designers to support multiple price-performance points and application requirements from a single board design. The processor of choice for full-featured PMP, mPMP, Navigation and Mobile TV devices, The Alchemy Family is made up of high-performance, low-power processors capable of delivering a rich multi-media experience to end users. The Alchemy family of processors gives system designers an easy-to-use, simple solution to create full-featured portable solutions with greatly reduced design cycle times. The SoC architecture integrates most peripheral components resulting in a significant reduction in total bill of materials.

The Au1210, a power-optimised SoC operating at 400MHz supporting video decode up to Wide-CIF, with full D1 video decode resolution, and the Au1250, a low-power SoC operating at up to 600MHz, targeting mPMP customers, will be sampling at the end of the first quarter 2007. Both products are pin and software-compatible with the existing Au1200 and volume production is scheduled for the second quarter of 2007. Pricing is available upon request.

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