11th January 2001

Imagination Meta processor delivers Dolby MS11 multistream for premium audio


Imagination Technologies, a leading multimedia technologies company, has achieved Dolby MS11 certification for its Meta processors. Meta processors are widely deployed in digital audio products including docks, radios and connected audio systems. With MS11 certification Meta can decode an extensive range of multistream audio standards using a single thread of the Meta processor.

According to Dolby the MS11 Multistream Decoder provides television and set-top box manufacturers with a single-package technology solution for decoding all premium audio formats, including Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital, HE AAC with Dolby metadata, and all HE AAC/AAC bitstreams. It ensures optimal compatibility with the worldwide installed base of home theatre systems and with future broadcast audio standards.

The Meta family of embedded processors use hardware multi-threading to combine both general purpose ‘Apps’ and DSP capabilities in one processor. Using true hardware multi-threading and efficient DSP architecture Meta processors have exceptional tolerance to SoC system latencies while also delivering complex DSP and mathematical capabilities and levels of real-time response that make them ideal for audio SoC applications.

Broadcasters are implementing various formats to meet new TV audio standards worldwide. With Dolby MS11 on Meta manufacturers can ensure that their TV or set-top box products are ready for all present and forthcoming audio requirements by delivering a cost-effective solution, compatible with a comprehensive array of audio formats and standards.

Says Tony King-Smith, VP marketing, Imagination: “Meta is already well known as a compelling audio DSP and has been deployed in many products from major brands including Pure, Sony, Roberts, Alpine and others across in-room, portable and in-car audio. Imagination believes strongly that great audio complements great video and graphics where our PowerVR technologies are already market leaders. We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with Dolby and deliver the best in multistream audio to our customers.”

Says Jason Power, senior director, Broadcast Audio Ecosystem, Dolby Laboratories: “Dolby is committed to delivering solutions that benefit the diverse needs of the global broadcast ecosystem. We are excited that, now with Dolby MS11, Meta’s processors enable full compatibility with a diverse range of HD broadcast and online audio formats, helping audiences enjoy a consistent and high-quality audio experience.”

The addition of Dolby MS11 support on Meta processors further extends Imagination’s comprehensive portfolio of IP for HD TV which includes: Ensigma multistandard ‘world’ broadcast demodulation and ‘SmartTV’ connectivity; PowerVR graphics for advanced gaming, apps and user interface; PowerVR multistandard, multistream video decode and encode up to 4Kx2K; Meta multistream audio and apps processors; and HelloSoft V.VoIP ‘video-chat’ technologies.

Dolby MS11 is now available for use by all Meta licensees, subject to appropriate license from Dolby.

Editor’s Notes 

Information in this release on MS11 features is provided by Dolby. See also: http://www.dolby.com/gb/en/professional/technology/broadcast/dolby-ms11.html

About Imagination Technologies   

Imagination Technologies – a global leader in multimedia and communication technologies – creates and licenses market-leading processor solutions for graphics, video, and display, embedded processing, multi-standard communications and connectivity, and cross-platform V.VoIP & VoLTE. These silicon and software intellectual property (IP) solutions for systems-on-chip (SoC) are complemented by an extensive portfolio of software drivers, developer tools and extensive market and technology-focused ecosystems. Target markets include mobile phone and multimedia, connected home consumer, mobile and tablet computing, in-car electronics, telecoms, health, smart energy and connected sensors and controllers. Imagination’s licensees include many of the world’s leading semiconductor, network operator and electronics OEM/ODM companies. Corporate headquarters are located in the United Kingdom, with sales and R&D offices worldwide. See: www.imgtec.com


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