TOKYO, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- At the CEATEC exhibition in Japan
this week STMicroelectronics is publicly demonstrating, for the first time,
the STn8800, the first chip in the Nomadik multimedia application processor
family. This chip enables portable terminals such as mobile phones and
personal digital assistants to play music, take pictures, record video, and
host two-way visual communication in real time.
In the demonstration the STn8800 Nomadik devices run the Symbian 7.0S
operating system and decode audio/video streams in real time. An appealing
user 'dashboard' instantly displays the loading of Nomadik's various
remarkable resources. These measurements illustrate how Nomadik combines
ultra-low power consumption and unsurpassed audio and video quality to make
compelling multimedia a practical reality for handheld devices. Leveraging on
its innovative architecture, the Nomadik STn8800 is performing MPEG-4
real-time video decoding in a large VGA display format at 30 frames per second
while simultaneously playing MP3 audio.
"The first Nomadik multimedia processor we are presenting at the CEATEC
exhibition significantly raises the standard for mobile multimedia
performance," said Guy Lauvergeon, General Manager of ST's Multimedia Platform
Unit. "With the availability of the first silicon of the Nomadik platform and
the emergence of open standards we are enabling the proliferation of
multimedia mobile terminals and content-rich services."
Nomadik application processors will be designed to be compliant with open
standards now being developed by the MIPI Alliance, created in July 2003, to
standardize hardware and software interfaces for application processors.
STMicroelectronics is one of the four founder members of the MIPI Alliance,
which was formed in response to broad interest in the earlier OMAPI initiative
launched by ST and TI in December 2002.
About the Nomadik Processor Family
ST's Nomadik multimedia application processor family offers ultra-low
power consumption, which is facilitated by the optimal partitioning of the
chip between hardware and software, combined with ST's low-power CMOS
technology and low-power design know-how. This translates into longer battery
operation for consumers and performance scalability for product manufacturers.
Nomadik processor chips are based on the combination of an ARM926 core
together with programmable 'smart accelerators' that operate independently and
concurrently to handle the key video and audio coding functions, including
pre/post-processing. This distributed processing approach simplifies software
development for developers because they typically only need to write code for
the CPU core. In addition, since multimedia functions are not typically
executed on the main processor core, there is more headroom for adding new
software applications in the future.
Nomadik processors build on ST's legacy of success and proven expertise in
the digital multimedia segment. A pioneer in MPEG video decoding, ST is today
the leading producer of MPEG decoder chips for set top boxes. The company is
also a leading supplier of DSP-based audio products and the number one vendor
of digital radio receiver chips. Thanks to ST's broad product portfolio, the
Nomadik architecture leverages a wide range of complementary functions such as
CMOS imagers, smart card ICs, Flash memories, biometric verification chips,
MEMS, Bluetooth radio chips, and data storage solutions. ST's Nomadik
architecture supports the popular operating systems for mobile devices,
including Symbian OS, the Microsoft WinCE family and Linux. A comprehensive
Nomadik tools environment is provided for software development. The Nomadik
architecture is highly scalable in terms of both computational power and smart
accelerators, allowing easy upgrades to add more features and easy feature-
reduction for simpler price-sensitive products.
The programmable audio smart-accelerator implements the main
industry-standard digital audio encoders and decoders including MP3, SBC,
MPEG2-Layer II, AAC, and many others. The programmable video smart accelerator
achieves the industry's lowest power consumption running H.263 and MPEG-4
CODECs using an extremely optimized ST proprietary technology. The new H26L
(H.264) standard will also be available in future Nomadik implementations.
Nomadik offers a standard baseband modem interface to provide modem
independence for mobile phone applications. As with the baseband modem, a
simple interface supports communication with wireless PAN (Bluetooth), and
wireless LAN (802.11a/b/g), and position location (GPS) chipsets from ST and
other manufacturers. This flexibility gives manufacturers the freedom to
choose their own mix of connectivity solutions across their product line.
A leading supplier of semiconductor devices to the mobile industry,
STMicroelectronics is the only microelectronics company offering a complete
range of products for mobile terminals. This product range includes baseband
processors, power management chips, RF devices, display drivers, Flash
memories, fingerprint sensors, multimedia processors, CMOS image sensors, MEMS
acceleration sensors, and GPS chipsets.
For more information www.st.com/nomadik.
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semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications.
An unrivalled combination of silicon and system expertise, manufacturing
strength, Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio and strategic partners
positions the Company at the forefront of System-on-Chip (SoC) technology and
its products play a key role in enabling today's convergence markets. The
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and on the Milan Stock Exchange. In 2002, the Company's net revenues were
$6.32 billion and net earnings were $429.4 million. Further information on ST
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Trademarks: Nomadik is a registered trademark of STMicroelectronics;
MIPI is a trademark of the MIPI Alliance.