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Mobile multimedia SoC gains support

Feb 19, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

Aricent has announced audio and video codecs aimed at letting phones based on TI's OMAP3430 system-on-chip (SoC) play and record high-definition (HD) video in MPEG-4 format. Additionally, Linux mobile phone integrator Azingo announced support for the OMAP3430 chip.

Aricent said its HD-capable MPEG4-SP audio and video codecs will be available for a variety of OSes, including Linux, Windows Mobile, and Symbian. The codecs will enable devices based on the OMAP3430 to record and play back 720p HD video, the vendor claims.

Ironically, TI itself just announced the OMAP3440, which is positioned as adding HD video support, possibly without highly efficient codecs. Both the OMAP3430 and OMAP3440 are based on 800MHz ARM Cortex-A8 cores; for more information and a comparison, see our earlier coverage, here.

Chip vendors appear to believe there will be high consumer demand for HD-capable phones, and have rushed to provide ARM-based SoCs that can suport them. In addition to the OMAP3440, HD-capable SoCs announced this week include Nvidia's APX 2500 and ST's STn8820.

Linux phone stack supports OMAP3430

In other news, Azingo announced that its Azingo Mobile phone stack will be available for OMAP3430-based devices later this year. The Linux-based phone software, parts of which are included in the LiMo Foundation's common integration environment (CIE), is already available for the TI OMAP2430 and OMAP850 processors, says the company.

Last week Wind River demonstrated a Google Android-based design of its mobile phone distribution that supports the OMAP3430. As with Wind River, which also contributes to the LiMo CIE, Azingo will be working with LogicPD's Zoom Mobile Development Kit (MDK) for the OMAP3430.

In recent weeks, Azingo has announced support for three other mobile SoCs: the Broadcom dual-ARM-core BCM2153 multimedia baseband SoC, the Samsung S3C2442 mobile-device SoC, and NXP's Nexperia Cellular Solution 7210.

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