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Processor aims portable media applications

Posted: 13 Jan 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:processor  3D acceleration  portable media  embedded graphics 

RMI Corp. has announced its Alchemy Au1300 processor family aimed at consumer devices requiring high CPU performance, low power consumption, and rich media capabilities. RMI's latest offering supports integrated 3D acceleration, performance up to 800MHz, and video decode resolution up to 720p including H.264 main profile.

The Au1300 family also includes further enhancements to power management resulting in industry-leading full-chip power rates of less than 1/2 watt at speed.

RMI claims its Alchemy Au1300 processor is the most advanced, highest performing integrated processor for portable media based applications, including Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs), home media player devices such as advanced digital photo frames, 3D Personal Navigation Devices (PNDs), Portable Media Players (PMPs), Audio/Video Networking, thin clients and other multimedia devices.

The Au1300 also delivers an enhanced Media Acceleration Engine (MAE2), providing hardware Bit Stream Acceleration and entropy decode that were formerly performed by the CPU core. This novel approach enables High Definition (HD) video decode at significantly higher bit rates then prior generation devices and also frees up additional CPU performance "headroom" enabling multi-tasking capabilities such as browsing, video chat and other communication features.

The Alchemy Au1300 adds a high performance Graphics Processing Engine (GPE) from ARM dramatically improving 3D graphics acceleration. The ARM Mali family of Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) offers a broad range of acceleration solutions to suit many embedded graphics needs including amazing web experiences, rich user interfaces and 3D navigation, up to the most demanding gaming requirements on high definition screens.

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