TI Rolls Out 2 Portable Digital Multimedia Players Reference Designs

6/3/2004 - Extending its undisputed leadership in the portable media player market, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) is debuting two new portable media player/recorder reference designs from leading third-party partners, Federal Technologies (Fedtec) and Ingenient Technologies. Based on TI's family of digital signal processor-based (DSP) Digital Media processors, these designs meet the scheduling demands of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and offer unparalleled performance for a wide range of portable multimedia applications, including portable video recorders, audio/video jukeboxes and solid state video cameras.

The two reference designs from Federal Technologies Limited (Fedtec) and Ingenient Technologies are hard disk drive-based (HDD) designs, which provide the hardware and software foundation developers need to bring fully functional portable media players and recorders to market quickly. TI's OEMs can easily choose from the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of off-the-shelf video, audio, imaging and networking codecs, protocols and enhancement algorithms, including MPEG-4 SP, ASP, H.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-1, DivXTM WMV9 and MJPEG. Developers also can take advantage of the power efficiency and performance headroom of TI's Digital Media processor by differentiating their products with their own software for advanced functionality.

"As the leaders in this market, we continue to produce technologies that drive the future of portable media jukeboxes, enabling new features to be added while making the products easier to use," says Chris Schairbaum, worldwide business manager of TI's Portable Audio and Infotainment business unit. "Working with Fedtec and Ingenient, we are able to help OEMs begin development within days of deciding to launch a portable media player."

The MP4900-BRD-DM320-20 hardware reference design from Ingenient runs Embedded Linux or Ingenient's own optimized Microkernel with Ingenient's Multimedia Framework software, including application software and customizable graphical user interface (GUI). The reference design can decode either half D1 resolution Windows Media Video 9 (WMV) or CIF resolution H.264 at 30 frames per second (fps), and can encode high quality full D1 resolution MPEG-4 at 30 fps.

The FPMC320 ready-to-manufacture Portable Multimedia Center reference design from Fedtec runs the FedLinux operating system, with drivers, system and application software and a customizable GUI. It can encode and decode full D1 resolution MPEG-4 at 30 fps apart from all popular audio, video, image and speech codecs. Fedtec, in collaboration with its third-party manufacturers, also would sell customized portable media players/recorders to OEMs, per their specifications as an original design manufacturer.

Both reference designs are available now and offer the complete hardware and software needed to create high-quality consumer portable multimedia players, including the operating system, all popular multimedia algorithms, system code and documentation.

For more information about the Ingenient MP4900-BRD-DM320-20, visit www.ingenient.com.
For more information about the Fedtec FPMC320, visit www.fedtec.com.

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