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MosChip debuts digital content management processor

Posted: 24 Sep 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:processor  digital content management  AV streams  storage controller 

MosChip Semiconductor Technology Ltd has announced a new processor for digital content management and routing of audio / video (AV) streams.

MosChip's System-on-a-Chip (SoC) is based on an ARM9 processor and is designed as a next generation digital content manager and AV stream router to manage AV streams over 1394 / FireWire and USB connections for fast and reliable storage. Given its small footprint and low power requirements, the MCS60C80 is ideal in applications such as camcorders, Digital Video Recorders (DVR), Blu-Ray Disc recorders, video editors and other AV storage devices.

The MCS60C80 is the only AV 1394 secure storage controller with a Flash card interface and support for multiple storage interfaces: Secure Digital, Compact Flash and Memory Stick, claims the company. Many of the functions required to move video content are handled directly in on-chip hardware functions controlled by the processor. The MCS60C80 performs the majority of the work requiring only minimal servicing which leaves the device's main processor free for other chores. The MCS60C80 also allows recording to an attached ATA, USB or Flash card device or to an external (1394) optical or disc device. Advanced AES encryption / decryption engines allow for protection of content while it is flowing through the MCS60C80 without the need of the main processor's intervention. It also incorporates the Digital Transmission Content Protection (DTCP) Specification, which defines a cryptographic protocol for protecting AV entertainment content.

Embedded designers / engineers can use the MCS60C80 as host processor or a co-processor to enable its various features in target applications. Integration of MosChip's new processor empowers designers with a truly low power and portable application to design consumer AV devices that perform direct video playback and editing through a PC file system. The new processor also uses field-proven firmware thus limiting design obstacles and speeding time to market.

"We've designed the MCS60C80 to yield immediate design advantages for demanding AV applications," added Mel Gable, Vice President of AV Products for MosChip. "It is a low power solution with a small footprint that allows for greater design efficiency and Bill of Materials (BOM) control while also using field-proven firmware for multiple product types."

The MCS60C80 will be available for sampling in October 2008. Pricing will be Rs.1,285.75 ($30) in quantities of 10,000. The MCS60C80 is the next generation processor to the existing MosChip AV MCS60C32A Processor now available.

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