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October 4, 2009

Dialog Semiconductor, NEC Electronics develop new design platform

To enable prototyping of audio/video portable devices and smartphones with NEC Electronics

By CBR Staff Writer

Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of integrated power management semiconductor products, has collaborated with NEC Electronics to develop a design platform based on NEC Electronics’ multimedia processor system-on-chips (SoCs) and Dialog’s power management platform ICs.

The company said that the new design platform combines NEC Electronics’ EMMA Mobile 1 application processor with Dialog’s DA9052 configurable power management platform integrated circuit (PMIC) to optimise performance and extend the battery life of portable devices.

According to the company, the combination gives connectivity to peripherals and modules for prototyping and iteration of application processor based system designs. In addition, the new platform also allows developers to be more productive in the development of middleware and user applications for portable devices.

NEC Electronics said that its EMMA Mobile 1 is a multimedia processor with enhanced functionality and low power consumption. EMMA Mobile 1 integrates various built-in interfaces such as SD card interface, USB, SPI, UART, PCM, IIC, and NTSC. The DA9052 integrates 4 DC/DC buck converters and 10 programmable LDOs on-chip, these LDOs can be connected to the DC/DC converters to improve system efficiency.

Each output can be connected in series or parallel, adding further flexibility. To further optimise the processor energy-per-task, dynamic voltage scaling can be used on up to five outputs and Dialog’s SmartMirror dynamic biasing is implemented on all linear regulators, the company said.

Dr Jalal Bagherli, CEO of Dialog Semiconductor, said: “NEC Electronics’ commitment to high performance is clearly demonstrated with the company’s family of EMMA Mobile SoCs, meeting the needs of portable audio/visual (A/V) devices, such as multimedia players and mobile televisions.

“This is an important collaboration allowing Dialog to participate closely with NEC Electronics to address our customers’ next-generation portable designs, particularly in the Japanese and Asian market.”

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