MediaQ(TM) Redefines the End-User Experience On Low-Power Wireless Internet Appliances

New Platform Controllers Improve Performance of Handheld Appliances With

Built-in Graphics and Peripheral Controllers and Power Management



Dec 11, 2000, 00:00 ET from MediaQ, Inc.

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ --- MediaQ, Inc., today
 announced a new family of platform controllers that boost performance on wired
 and wireless Internet appliance platforms, enabling compelling end-user
 applications and services.  MQ-1100(TM) is the industry's first device to
 combine a 64-bit 2D graphics engine, LCD display interface, and USB device
 controller into a single device designed for handheld platforms that require
 long-battery life.  MQ-1132(TM) provides USB host and Serial Peripheral
 Interface controllers and an I2S stereo audio interface in addition to the
 MQ1100(TM) functionality.
     The MediaQ MQ-11xx controllers redefine the end-user experience on
 handheld appliances.  They enable Web browsing and other rich multimedia
 applications to run smoothly at resolutions up to 320x320 with 65,536 colors
 on passive and active LCDs.  A high-performance 64-bit 2D graphics
 acceleration engine, with screen-to-screen BitBLT, provides users with
 graphics performance normally associated with desktop computers.
     MQ-11xx controllers feature DynamiQ(TM) power management, power-efficient
 graphics accelerators, and wide 64-bit internal buses to low-power embedded
 memory (256Kbyte-SRAM).  This combination of power-saving features
 significantly reduces battery consumption in both operational and power-down
 modes, while offering instant screen-on capability when the user powers up the
 handheld.
     With internal bus bandwidths scalable up to 384 MB/s, the MediaQ platform
 controllers also help improve the performance of sophisticated applications.
 By buffering multiple I/O transactions in the 256KB embedded memory, MQ11xx
 reduces interrupt overhead on the CPU, increasing application performance over
 conventional implementations.
     "As more and more people begin to use mobile appliances to access
 Internet-based services and content, we enter a new era of personal computing
 based on mobility, instantaneous responsiveness, and information exchange,"
 said Elie Antoun, President and CEO of MediaQ.  "MediaQ is dedicated to
 developing solutions that address these requirements by enabling richer
 graphic displays, improved application performance, longer battery life,
 smaller form factors."
 
     Scalable Family of Platform Controllers
     The software compatibility of the MediaQ MQ-11xx controllers allows
 Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to develop an array of handheld and
 information appliances for different market segments in the shortest possible
 time.  With two different controllers within a single product family, OEMs can
 create a single set of software drivers that works across multiple product
 platforms.
     For example, a manufacturer could use the MQ-11xx family to design a
 handheld device with a small passive color LCD; another palm-sized computer
 with a larger active-matrix color LCD; and finally a mobile information
 appliance with speakers and USB ports.  Because MQ-1100 and MQ-1132 are
 software compatible, all of these products can share the same device drivers
 and system testing.
 
     Built-in Peripheral Connectivity
     MQ-1132 features integrated interfaces and controllers for connectivity to
 a wide range of peripherals.  USB Host and Device interfaces allow connections
 with digital cameras, storage, and Bluetooth-enabled products.  The Serial
 Peripheral Interface and 32-bit PCI Interface connect with input devices and
 multimedia cards, while the I2S Interface supports audio recording and
 playback.
     This wide range of peripheral connectivity options allows OEMs to
 differentiate Internet appliances and handheld appliances based on performance
 and applications.
 
     2D Graphics Acceleration and LCD Support
     MQ-1132 is a single-chip graphics controller and flat panel interface for
 LCD screens (TFT or S-STN).  It supports color displays at half-VGA and QVGA
 resolutions from 160x120 (8bpp) up to 320x320 (16bpp).  Built-in timing
 control helps support low-cost panels, while hardware support for
 90/180/270-degree rotation allows for clear viewing from virtually any angle.
 The MediaQ solution also features a high-performance 64-bit 2D graphics
 acceleration engine with screen-to-screen BitBLT and Bresenham Line Draw and
 64x64-pixel hardware cursor.
 
     DynamiQ(TM) Power Management
     MediaQ has developed the DynamiQ Power Management system to reduce power
 consumption in handheld computing platforms.  This proprietary system
 gates-off the clocks of inactive modules and gates-off the SRAM clock when no
 accesses are made.  Clocks to inactive pipeline stages in active modules are
 also gated off
     MQ11xx manages system power by off-loading CPU tasks.  For example, if the
 system is idle, the MQ11xx controls the LCD while the CPU is in stand-by or
 sleep power mode. This decreases CPU power consumption and system memory bus
 utilization, greatly reducing system power consumption.
 
     Support for Multiple Microprocessors and Operating Systems
     To help ease system design and integration challenges for OEMs, the MediaQ
 11xx controllers support leading mobile CPU architectures and operating
 systems.  MQ11xx controllers provide high performance interfaces to leading
 RISC microprocessors, including the Hitachi SH-7750 and SH-7709, the Intel
 SA-1110, the Motorola Dragonball series, the NEC VR-41xx family, and the
 Toshiba TX-39xx processors.  MQ-11xx controllers also support the Palm O/S,
 Linux, Windows CE, and Symbian's EPOC32 operating system.
 
     Availability
     Samples of the MQ-11xx family of platform controllers will be available to
 OEMs in January 2001.  MQ-1100 is packaged as a 100-pin Thin-Quad Flat Pack
 (TQFP) and priced at $10.95 per unit for volumes of 10K per month.  MQ-1132 is
 packaged as a 132-pin Micro-Ball Grid Array (BGA) and priced at $12.05 per
 unit for volumes of 10K per month. Development systems for the Intel Assabet,
 Palm Hurricane, Hitachi S1, NEC Falcon and Eagle platforms will be available
 January 2001.
 
     About MediaQ
     MediaQ, Inc., develops highly integrated semiconductors and accompanying
 software for key segments of the growing market for wired and wireless
 Internet appliances, including handheld MediaQ Announces MQ11xx appliances,
 web terminals/PADs, and smart mobile phones.  The company's core technologies
 enhance visual display capabilities, improve connectivity, and minimize power
 consumption.  Founded in 1997, MediaQ is a privately held company
 headquartered in Santa Clara, CA.  Additional information about MediaQ is
 available at 408-733-0080 or by visiting http://www.mediaq.com .
     NOTE:  All other products or service names mentioned herein are the
 property of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE MediaQ, Inc.
    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ --- MediaQ, Inc., today
 announced a new family of platform controllers that boost performance on wired
 and wireless Internet appliance platforms, enabling compelling end-user
 applications and services.  MQ-1100(TM) is the industry's first device to
 combine a 64-bit 2D graphics engine, LCD display interface, and USB device
 controller into a single device designed for handheld platforms that require
 long-battery life.  MQ-1132(TM) provides USB host and Serial Peripheral
 Interface controllers and an I2S stereo audio interface in addition to the
 MQ1100(TM) functionality.
     The MediaQ MQ-11xx controllers redefine the end-user experience on
 handheld appliances.  They enable Web browsing and other rich multimedia
 applications to run smoothly at resolutions up to 320x320 with 65,536 colors
 on passive and active LCDs.  A high-performance 64-bit 2D graphics
 acceleration engine, with screen-to-screen BitBLT, provides users with
 graphics performance normally associated with desktop computers.
     MQ-11xx controllers feature DynamiQ(TM) power management, power-efficient
 graphics accelerators, and wide 64-bit internal buses to low-power embedded
 memory (256Kbyte-SRAM).  This combination of power-saving features
 significantly reduces battery consumption in both operational and power-down
 modes, while offering instant screen-on capability when the user powers up the
 handheld.
     With internal bus bandwidths scalable up to 384 MB/s, the MediaQ platform
 controllers also help improve the performance of sophisticated applications.
 By buffering multiple I/O transactions in the 256KB embedded memory, MQ11xx
 reduces interrupt overhead on the CPU, increasing application performance over
 conventional implementations.
     "As more and more people begin to use mobile appliances to access
 Internet-based services and content, we enter a new era of personal computing
 based on mobility, instantaneous responsiveness, and information exchange,"
 said Elie Antoun, President and CEO of MediaQ.  "MediaQ is dedicated to
 developing solutions that address these requirements by enabling richer
 graphic displays, improved application performance, longer battery life,
 smaller form factors."
 
     Scalable Family of Platform Controllers
     The software compatibility of the MediaQ MQ-11xx controllers allows
 Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to develop an array of handheld and
 information appliances for different market segments in the shortest possible
 time.  With two different controllers within a single product family, OEMs can
 create a single set of software drivers that works across multiple product
 platforms.
     For example, a manufacturer could use the MQ-11xx family to design a
 handheld device with a small passive color LCD; another palm-sized computer
 with a larger active-matrix color LCD; and finally a mobile information
 appliance with speakers and USB ports.  Because MQ-1100 and MQ-1132 are
 software compatible, all of these products can share the same device drivers
 and system testing.
 
     Built-in Peripheral Connectivity
     MQ-1132 features integrated interfaces and controllers for connectivity to
 a wide range of peripherals.  USB Host and Device interfaces allow connections
 with digital cameras, storage, and Bluetooth-enabled products.  The Serial
 Peripheral Interface and 32-bit PCI Interface connect with input devices and
 multimedia cards, while the I2S Interface supports audio recording and
 playback.
     This wide range of peripheral connectivity options allows OEMs to
 differentiate Internet appliances and handheld appliances based on performance
 and applications.
 
     2D Graphics Acceleration and LCD Support
     MQ-1132 is a single-chip graphics controller and flat panel interface for
 LCD screens (TFT or S-STN).  It supports color displays at half-VGA and QVGA
 resolutions from 160x120 (8bpp) up to 320x320 (16bpp).  Built-in timing
 control helps support low-cost panels, while hardware support for
 90/180/270-degree rotation allows for clear viewing from virtually any angle.
 The MediaQ solution also features a high-performance 64-bit 2D graphics
 acceleration engine with screen-to-screen BitBLT and Bresenham Line Draw and
 64x64-pixel hardware cursor.
 
     DynamiQ(TM) Power Management
     MediaQ has developed the DynamiQ Power Management system to reduce power
 consumption in handheld computing platforms.  This proprietary system
 gates-off the clocks of inactive modules and gates-off the SRAM clock when no
 accesses are made.  Clocks to inactive pipeline stages in active modules are
 also gated off
     MQ11xx manages system power by off-loading CPU tasks.  For example, if the
 system is idle, the MQ11xx controls the LCD while the CPU is in stand-by or
 sleep power mode. This decreases CPU power consumption and system memory bus
 utilization, greatly reducing system power consumption.
 
     Support for Multiple Microprocessors and Operating Systems
     To help ease system design and integration challenges for OEMs, the MediaQ
 11xx controllers support leading mobile CPU architectures and operating
 systems.  MQ11xx controllers provide high performance interfaces to leading
 RISC microprocessors, including the Hitachi SH-7750 and SH-7709, the Intel
 SA-1110, the Motorola Dragonball series, the NEC VR-41xx family, and the
 Toshiba TX-39xx processors.  MQ-11xx controllers also support the Palm O/S,
 Linux, Windows CE, and Symbian's EPOC32 operating system.
 
     Availability
     Samples of the MQ-11xx family of platform controllers will be available to
 OEMs in January 2001.  MQ-1100 is packaged as a 100-pin Thin-Quad Flat Pack
 (TQFP) and priced at $10.95 per unit for volumes of 10K per month.  MQ-1132 is
 packaged as a 132-pin Micro-Ball Grid Array (BGA) and priced at $12.05 per
 unit for volumes of 10K per month. Development systems for the Intel Assabet,
 Palm Hurricane, Hitachi S1, NEC Falcon and Eagle platforms will be available
 January 2001.
 
     About MediaQ
     MediaQ, Inc., develops highly integrated semiconductors and accompanying
 software for key segments of the growing market for wired and wireless
 Internet appliances, including handheld MediaQ Announces MQ11xx appliances,
 web terminals/PADs, and smart mobile phones.  The company's core technologies
 enhance visual display capabilities, improve connectivity, and minimize power
 consumption.  Founded in 1997, MediaQ is a privately held company
 headquartered in Santa Clara, CA.  Additional information about MediaQ is
 available at 408-733-0080 or by visiting http://www.mediaq.com .
     NOTE:  All other products or service names mentioned herein are the
 property of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  MediaQ, Inc.