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February 8, 2010

NEC unveils new EMMA Mobile EV SoCs

Integrates ARM Cortex-A9 CPU core and a HD-capable audio-visual engine

By CBR Staff Writer

NEC Electronics has unveiled new systems-on-chip (SoCs) in the EMMA Mobile series, which integrate ARM’s Cortex-A9 CPU core and a HD-capable audio-visual (A/V) engine for decoding digital video and audio formats.

The new SoCs are available in two versions, EMMA Mobile/EV1 with one embedded Cortex-A9 CPU core and EMMA Mobile/EV2 with two embedded Cortex-A9 CPU cores.

In November 2008, the company introduced the EMMA Mobile 1 SoC and added to the lineup of its EMMA Mobile 1 series with the EMMA Mobile 1-D product. It also expanded collaboration with Wind River and developed a Linux-based software development kit for the market of portable devices.

According to NEC Electronics, the new EMMA Mobile/EV SoCs facilitates decoding of H.264, MPEG2, MPEG4, VC-1 content up to full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) on portable devices. It incorporates technologies such as automatic clock control, on-chip power switch and quick recovery, which reduces power consumption; and also support for mobile DDR and DDR2 as the main memory.

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The Mobile/EV2 chip integrates a POWERVR SGX 3D graphics core from Imagination Technologies, which realises 3D processing at 14.7 megapolygons per second and pixel-filtrate performance of 500 megapixels per second, the company added.

Samples of the new EMMA Mobile/EV chips are expected to be available in July 2010 priced at $50 per unit. Mass production is scheduled for December 2010 and expected to reach one million units per month by 2011.

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