Toshiba Offers TX49xx RISC Processor with SPIRIT MP3 Encoder+Decoder

6/11/2004 - Toshiba is offering the new implementation of its TX49xx chip family with SPIRIT MP3 encoder+decoder optimized for audio platforms.

The TX49xx 64-bit, MIPS-based processor family has been created for high-end, performance-demanding applications in the consumer electronics market. Having MP3 software optimized for the TX49xx processors simplifies the development of solutions for a variety of audio applications including portable and car audio systems, wireless communication systems, set-top boxes, Internet appliances, and MP3 PDA players.

The SPIRIT MP3 codec algorithm provides MPEG1 and MPEG2 decoding and SPIRIT's low bit rate extension MPEG 2.5 for Layer 3 streams. SPIRIT middleware is ideally suited to multimedia devices combining high sound quality and low processor requirements. The codec has been developed by SPIRIT together with Toshiba engineers, and the software is highly optimized for the TX49xx family. This processor family can simultaneously encode and decode at any bitrate, while still providing significant performance for other tasks.

"Our cooperation has just started and Toshiba Electronics Europe and SPIRIT are now co-promoting this solution for the audio entertainment market," comments Reiner Terörde at Toshiba Electronics Europe. "SPIRIT's experience in integration and framework development helps OEMs to deliver TX49xx-based customer applications and save time-to-market."

"As a result of the Toshiba - SPIRIT cooperation, TX49xx functionality has been extended to make it more attractive for the consumer electronics market" - says Andrew Sviridenko, founding CEO of SPIRIT.

About Toshiba
Toshiba Corporation is a leader in information and communications systems, electronic components, consumer products and power systems. The company's integration of these wide-ranging capabilities assures its position as an innovator in advanced components, products and systems. Toshiba has more than 161,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of over US$53 billion (FY2003).

Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) is the European Headquarters for the electronic components business of Toshiba Corporation, which is the world's third largest semiconductor vendor according to estimates by Dataquest.

Providing design, manufacturing, marketing and sales, TEE was formed in 1973 in Neuss, Germany. The company now has headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany and subsidiaries in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Company president is Mr Toshio Hamaya and the total number of personnel in Europe is around 400.

Toshiba Electronics Europe offers one of the industry's broadest IC and discrete product lines including memory, microcontrollers, ASICs and ASSPs for automotive, multimedia, consumer, telecoms and networking applications. The company also has a wide range of power semiconductor solutions as well as technologically advanced electron tubes and solid-state devices, including cathode ray tubes, liquid crystal displays, rechargeable batteries and optical transmission devices.

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SPIRIT ( is a prominent supplier of high-quality software products for audio and telecom industry. SPIRIT's flexible licensing model includes cost efficient product customization to specific clients' needs. SPIRIT communication software works within hardware solutions from clients including Atmel, Furuno, JRC, NEC, Nortel Networks, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Siemens, Tadiran, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba among 100+ other OEMs.

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