Renesas Rolls Out SH-MobileL Application Processor for Mobile Phones

4/13/2004 - Renesas Technology Corp. announced the SH-MobileL (product name: SH7322) as a new model in the SH-Mobile1 Series of mobile phone application processors, for use in the next popular models of mobile phone system. Sample shipments will begin in May 2004 in Japan.

The SH-MobileL is a dedicated processor for multimedia applications such as voice and moving images in mobile phone systems, and achieves optimal cost-performance for upcoming popular models of mobile phone. Features of the SH-MobileL are summarized below.

  1. High cost-performance achieved by focusing on optimal functions and configuration for upcoming popular models
    An optimal configuration and specification have been arrived at by keeping to essential peripheral functions, centered on camera support and image display capability that mark the trend in standard equipment for the next popular models of mobile phone system. This has made it possible to achieve a low price while providing 2-megapixel equivalent camera support functions. The achievement of a high-cost-performance product offering an excellent balance of price, functionality, and performance will contribute to keeping down prices for future popular camera-equipped models.
  2. 2-megapixel equivalent camera support and image processing functions
    The SH-MobileL allows direct connection of a 2-megapixel equivalent UXGA size2 (1,600 1,200 pixel) camera module, which is expected to be the mainstream type for the next wave of mobile phone systems. This makes it possible to capture and perform electronic-zoom display of high-definition images, and to achieve versatile display features such as superimposed screens through the use of such functions as OSD (on-screen display) and HWC (hardware cursor). The SH-MobileL is also equipped with interfaces essential for executing high-speed moving image processing, including an SDRAM interface. These features support the provision of high-definition cameras in popular mobile phone models.
  3. Shorter development times attainable through use of software developed for current SH-Mobile Series
    The CPU core is the same SH3-DSP as used in current SH-Mobile Series products. Software resources developed for high-functionality version SH-Mobile Series products can also be used by the SH-MobileL, enabling shorter system development times to be achieved.

Product Background
Mobile phones have progressed and diversified from such standard applications as games and image display to more sophisticated features including built-in cameras, videophones, video mail, and infrared communication, with the latest such features mainly incorporated in high-end models. However, there is also a demand for popular models offering a limited range of features at lower prices. In response to market needs as shorter mobile phone system development times, Renesas Technology earlier released the SH-Mobile Series specifically for application processing, which had reached the 10 million unit shipment as of the end of March 2004. Now, Renesas Technology hasdeveloped the SH-MobileL to meet the development needs of popular models. The SH-MobileL offers a basic SH-Mobile Series functions together with the addition of the camera support functions provided virtually as standard in current mobile phone systems, and which are expected to become a standard feature of popular models from now on.

Product Details
An SH-Mobile Series processor is connected to the baseband LSI of a mobile phone system and performs dedicated voice, image, or similar multimedia application processing. A dedicated interface allows SH-Mobile Series processors to be used in various kinds of communication systems, including PDC (Personal Digital Cellular) in Japan, GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) in Europe, and IP telephony.

The SH-MobileL incorporates the same SH3-DSP CPU core as current SH-Mobile Series models, offering a maximum operating frequency of 120 MHz. Functions have been limited to basic functions for multimedia application processing plus camera support functions, providing a compact configuration.

Basic functions include 32-Kbyte on-chip RAM with single-cycle access capability and 32-Kbyte CPU cache memory. The provision of these memories makes possible high-speed application execution using Java3 programs, MPEG-44 moving image processing, and MP35 or similar voice processing. Camera support is provided by an interface allowing direct connection of a 2-megapixel equivalent UXGA size (1,600 1,200 pixel) camera module, while the provision of image processing features such as electronic zoom, OSD, and HWC functions offers versatile display capabilities and ample support for higher-definition cameras in popular models.

The SH-MobileL provides low price with limited compact functions while including 2-megapixel camera support, and offers a high cost-performance specification with an excellent balance of price, functionality, and performance. This feature contributes to enable lower prices for future popular models incorporating high pixel count camera.

In addition, software developed for current SH-Mobile Series products can also be used by the SH-MobileL, and a development platform equipped with a keyboard, small LCD panel, and ultra-miniature camera is available, simplifying the development of various kinds of multimedia application programs in a short time-frame.

The package used is a 281-pin CSP (9 mm 11 mm 1.4 mm, 0.5 mm pin pitch).

As mobile phone systems become increasingly sophisticated, Renesas Technology will continue with the development and timely market release of products offering configurations and functions tailored to users' needs.

1. SH-Mobile (SuperHTM Mobile Application Processor): An original Renesas Technology processor for next-generation mobile phone systems that is connected to the baseband LSI and performs dedicated processing of voice, image, and similar multimedia applications. SuperH is a trademark of Renesas Technology Corp.
2. UXGA (Ultra Extended Graphics Array): A display definition standard of 1,600 1,200 dots.
3. Java and Java related trademarks and logos are trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. of the United States.
4. MPEG-4 (Moving Picture Experts Group phase 4): A standard for compression and expansion of moving images.
5. MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3): A voice compression method.

Typical Applications
Mobile phone systems incorporating multimedia applications, IP phones, etc.

I2C bus (Inter IC Bus) is an interface specification proposed by Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands.

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