3GSM World Congress, Cannes, France, February 21, 2002 – STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), the world’s leading provider of System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions for digital consumer applications, and Imagination Technologies (LSE:IMG), the leading provider of human-computer interface intellectual property (IP), announced today at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, that the two companies have signed a letter of intent for the co-development of a mobile multimedia entertainment platform.
The STMicroelectronics Pocket Multimedia (PMM) platform targets handheld entertainment applications such as audio and video playback and 3D gaming with stringent power consumption requirements. By using this platform, OEMs will be able to design cost-effective devices based on a proven set of IP for battery-powered applications and to secure short time-to-volume production. PMM is integrating a SuperH, Inc™ low-power RISC core with Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR MBX 3D/2D and video acceleration mobile graphics technology along with a rich set of IP from STMicroelectronics, such as connectivity, video and display, storage and security and related software.
STMicroelectronics and Imagination Technologies share a vision of the digital convergence requirements for mobile systems and the need to offer competitive low-power solutions to concurrently perform audio, video and graphics features.
We have been impressed by the performance of the PowerVR MBX, which exceeds the capabilities of any other handheld graphics core despite the stringent silicon and power budgets inherent in mobile consumer devices,”” commented Philippe Quinio, Marketing Director, Consumer and Microcontrollers Groups, STMicroelectronics. “”Combined with a powerful RISC engine and proven multimedia, connectivity and security IP from ST, this platform provides OEMs with rapid entry into a potentially huge market.
John Metcalfe, VP Business Development at PowerVR Technologies, a division of Imagination Technologies, said: ST is a world leader in developing complex digital consumer SoCs. They have the capability to bring to market a robust mobile multimedia platform that incorporates all the graphics features of the latest PC and console titles by exploiting the unique benefits of PowerVR MBX, such as low memory bandwidth requirements, exceptional performance and quality and low-power demands.
The PowerVR MBX, implemented in 0.13-micron process, will feature high-performance 3D, 2D and video graphics processing (up to 4 million triangles/second at 120 MHz) in a small area (around 6mm² of silicon in an SoC solution), with exceptionally low-power consumption (less than 60mW at a clock speed of 50MHz). It maintains all of PowerVR’s features and advanced capabilities, which will allow content migration from PC and console platforms to mobile and handheld entertainment devices. Because PowerVR’s processing architecture minimizes external memory bandwidth requirements, it is ideal for use in SoC solutions integrated with a SuperH RISC core.