WonderMedia Technologies introduced the PRIZM WM8980 system-on-chip. The Soc features the 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 and supports 1080p video playback. The chip is ideal for tablets, Smart TV, SmartStream for wireless display and multimedia streaming, networked projectors, digital signage, and thin clients. The WonderMedia PRIZM WM8980 platform is sampling now and is scheduled for volume shipments in the first quarter of 2013.
Conexant Systems introduced the CX20865 Far-Field Voice input processor SoC. The system-on-chip is designed specifically for Smart TVs. The chip is a dedicated Far-Field Voice solution with integrated Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) engine. It is optimized for telepresence and voice control applications. The CX20865 is available in 9×9 BGA package. Prices start at $5.50 each in 100K quantities.
Cadence Design Systems introduced a new full-featured NVM Express interface subsystem. It is the industry’s first IP subsystem for the development of SoCs that support the NVM Express 1.0c standard, which is an interface technology used for solid-state drives (SSD). With Cadence’s IP subsystem, SoC designers do not need to source their interface component IP separately and drive integration on their own. The new subsystem approach decreases design risk and overall development time for new SoCs.
VLSI Solution introduced the VS1005 all-in-one MP3 audio System-on-a-Chip. The VS1005 SoC includes controllers for high-speed USB host/slave, SD card, parallel NAND flash, SPI, Ethernet, S/PDIF, I2S master/slave and UART. The VLSI VS1005 chip is ideal for portable audio devices, docking stations, and portable recorder applications. Engineering samples of the VS1005 are expected to be available in June 2012. Mass production devices are expected in October 2012. The VS1005 System-on-a-Chip is offered in LFGA-88 10x10x0.9 RoHS compatible package.
Fresco Microchip introduced the FM5150A silicon tuner for global hybrid terrestrial and cable television. The FM5150A seamlessly interfaces to TV SoCs to optimize tuner CAN and on-board designs. Samples of the Fresco FM5150A are available now for selected customers. The chip is the latest addition to Fresco’s silicon tuner product family.
WonderMedia Technologies introduced the PRIZM WM8950 SoC. The PRIZM WM8950 features a 800MHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, ARM Mali-400 3D graphics processor, built-in Fast Ethernet MAC, interface with Wi-Fi, and 3+G and Bluetooth. The WonderMedia PRIZM WM8950 platform is ideal for Smart TV, SmartStream for wireless display and multimedia streaming, networked projectors, digital signage, and thin clients. The WonderMedia PRIZM WM8950 chip is sampling now. Volume shipment is expected in the first quarter of 2012.
X-FAB Silicon Foundries introduced their XP018 technology platform. The foundry process features the industry’s lowest mask count for the modular combination of digital, analog and high-voltage features with embedded Flash. The X-FAB XP018 technology is available now for tape-ins. It includes pre-released IP for the memory options. Full qualification will follow in 2012.
Conexant Systems introduced the CX25828 eight-channel video/audio decoder. The system-on-chip features eight high quality NTSC/PAL video decoders, nine audio ADCs and one audio DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter). The Conexant CX25828 SoC is sampling now. Volume production is scheduled for this quarter. Prices start at $5 in 1000 quantities. The CX25828 video/audio decoder is ideal for high-capacity DVR video surveillance applications that capture and record multiple video streams simultaneously.
Cavium launched the OCTEON Fusion family of processors for base stations. The new chips feature OCTEON MIPS64 based multi-core architecture, purpose-built Baseband DSP cores, LTE/3G hardware accelerators and digital front end (DFE) functionality on a single chip. The OCTEON Fusion processor family consists of two software compatible product lines: CNF71XX and CNF72XX. Samples of CNF71XX and the FusionStack software will be available in the first quarter of next. Thee CNF72XX will be available subsequently.
Cadence Design Systems acquired Altos Design Automation. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Altos is a leader in foundation IP enablement. The company has over 30 customers, including 11 of the top 20 semiconductor companies.