Freescale i.MX21 Applications Processor Powers Iwatsu IP Videophone

Freescale Semiconductor Japan Ltd., announced that Freescale’s i.MX21 applications processor is integrated into the new IP videophone NR-IPKTV developed by Iwatsu Electric Co.,Ltd. The NR-IPKTV is a versatile phone designed for business use, integrating a camera and a high-resolution color LCD which allows for touch-panel operation.

Freescale’s i.MX21 multimedia applications processor enables the NR-IPKTV’s video conference (extension) and web browsing function. The NR-IPKTV addresses the demand for visual functionalities along with popularization of the IP network, and is designed as a next-generation phone which can simultaneously process voice, image, video, and web browsing using the IP protocol.

Freescale’s i.MX family of application processors is ideal for the emerging VoIP devices, wireless IP phones and WiFi phones all based upon the Internet, as well as various multimedia devices. The i.MX21 processor provides a host of multimedia functions, including H.263 and MPEG-4 video and JPEG image processing, mirroring, scaling, and rotation, to encode and decode video and audio. These functions enable high-quality voice, image, and video processing. In addition, high performance of the i.MX21 processor allows multiple applications to run simultaneously. In addition, the high performance of the i.MX21 processor allows multiple applications to run simultaneously and eliminates the need for a DSP for processing VoIP functions like G.711 and echo canceller, reducing substrate size and total cost.

“We are very pleased that the i.MX’s video compression/expansion function plays an important role in Iwatsu’s IP videophone NR-IPKTV to support video playback,” said Berardino Baratta, general manager of the multimedia applications division at Freescale. “The i.MX family is designed for portable media applications and is engineered to help save power of the end products. Freescale is strengthening the i.MX roadmap and believes that these applications processors will contribute to the future deployment of Iwatsu’s IP videophone products.”

Communication infrastructure is entering the era of IP. The IP phones for business use are required to have, in addition to conventional voice communication, advanced communication functions leveraging the benefits of the IP network. In particular, demands for visual functionalities which allow transferring videos, communicating by watching each other’s faces, or watching videos from networked monitor cameras are increasing. Freescale’s i.MX21 is a high-speed, versatile, and low-power multimedia applications processor which integrates the MPEG-4 video codec, LCD controller, and terminal interfaces, as well as switching bus connecting the on-chip components, and enables the advanced multimedia and communication functions required for high-performance terminal devices.

Freescale’s i.MX21 Multimedia Applications Processor
The i.MX21 multimedia applications processor is a member of the widely used i.MX family and is ideal for computationally-intensive applications such as video and audio media players, smart personal communicators, IP videophones and GPS systems as well as a host of other wireless mobile devices. i.MX processors feature an extensive suite of software support packages based on Microsoft(R) Windows(R) CE and PocketPC(R), Symbian OS(TM), Linux(R) OS and many leading RTOSes, plus, reference designs to greatly accelerate the creation of next-generation mobile communication products.

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