New super-pipelined TriMediaTM provides superior performance for audio/video applications
Royal Philips Electronics announced a new TriMediaTM Central Processing Unit (CPU) core to be used in the next-generation of Philips' NexperiaTM media processors. Philips' new super-pipelined TriMedia CPU achieves over 500 Megahertz (MHz) speed with a fully synthesizable design, allowing for highly efficient system-on-chip (SoC) integration. Armed with this high-performance CPU core, Philips is targeting its next-generation of media processors for connected home entertainment applications, including connected high-definition (HD) displays, home media servers, personal video recorders (PVRs) and video over wireless 802.11 network adaptors. Philips' next-generation of Nexperia media processors based on the super-pipelined TriMedia CPU will be unveiled the first half of next year.
The TriMedia CPU is C-programmable and can support all leading audio and video standards, including MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DV, H.263, and DivX-5. New instructions specifically optimize H.264 decoding. It supports video encoding into MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and DivX formats, making it ideal for PVRs. The ability to transcode from one video format to another supports the design of media gateway products. Furthermore, HDTV decoding with simultaneous picture-in-picture (PIP) display is enabled using a dedicated HD accelerator. Uniquely, the TriMedia CPU can decode HDTV video while simultaneously encoding an MPEG stream. This allows the design of the HDTV displays with Flash card-based PVR capability.
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