Electronic Design

Low-Power CPU Drives Next-Generation Portable Video

The Alchemy Au1200 processor gives system designers a low-power, high-performance system-on-a-chip that provides living-room quality video entertainment for on-the-go consumers.

Optimized for personal media players, Advanced Micro Devices' Au1200 enables a new generation of conveniences and features. These include scalable DVD-quality displays, effortless video content transfers directly from digital video recorders, and long-lasting battery life so consumers can stay mobile.

The processor's media acceleration hardware supports MPEG2, MPEG4, WMV9, and H.263 formats. Media player software implements the user interface, playback control, and data-transfer control. This includes direct links to the TiVo digital video recorder (DVR) to implement TiVo-To-Go transfers of video files from the DVR hard drive to a portable player.

Power consumption is less than 400 mW at 400 MHz. The processor delivers DVD-quality video with a resolution of up to 720 by 480 pixels. Its output can be scaled to larger displays (1024 by 768).

Pricing for the 333-MHz Au1200 starts at $22.50 each in 10,000-unit quantities.

Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
www.amd.com/au1200

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