CES 08: RMI claims fastest, lowest power PMP processor - Embedded.com

CES 08: RMI claims fastest, lowest power PMP processor

Las Vegas, Nev. – RMI Corp. at the CES here announced that it has begun shipping what it claims is the highest performing and most power-optimized embedded processor in the industry for multifunction portable media players, mobileTV, and personal navigation devices.

According to Mike Wodopian, vice president and general manager, AlchemySolutions at RMI Corp., the new RMI Alchemy Au1250 Media Processor features 700MHz performance at remarkably low power.

Specifically, he said, the Au1250 processor at 700 MHz has a power consumption of less than 700mW, with a 233 MHz DDR2 memory bus while playing WMV9 video at 2Mbps, D1 resolution with WMA audio from IDE hard drive driven to LCD display, running Windows CE 5.0, and with all on-chip peripherals active except the USB2.0 ports.

“When coupled with its on-chip Media Acceleration Engine, which off-loads fullD1 video processing in hardware, the Au1250 processor delivers more Available MIPS for other user applications than have been previously available in portable consumer devices,” he said.

The Alchemy Au1250 Processor is in full-production in a variety of performance levels ranging from 400MHz to 700MHz. The new 700 MHz offering, an increase of 17% in CPU performance, he said, allows developers to play DVD quality video, while simultaneously enjoying ample processing performance for such applications as GPS navigation with heavy maps, MobileTV, photo viewing, VoIP, web browsing, DRM, graphical user interfaces, OS services, and other software tasks.

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