Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector Uses Hantro's Video Technology in DragonBall Microprocessor Prototyping
OULU, Finland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 19, 2001--Hantro Products Ltd.:
Hantro's software-based MPEG4 decoder will be installed on Motorola's DragonBall MX1 Microprocessor
Hantro Products Ltd. (Hantro), a leading provider of mobile multimedia solutions announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector (Motorola SPS). Under this MoU, Motorola SPS plans to port Hantro's current Symbian(TM) OS-based MPEG4 decoder application to its next generation DragonBall MX1 platform.
"Working with Motorola SPS, one of the most significant players in semiconductor market in wireless business, is an important step for us," says Mr. Eero Kaikkonen, CEO and President of Hantro. "Especially due to our position as a leading provider of MPEG-4 encoding technology for the wireless terminal market, we see this decoder installation as the first step in wider cooperation with Motorola SPS."
The alliance will enable manufacturers to design multimedia products, powered by DragonBall microprocessors, with MPEG4 capabilities to meet consumers' high expectations and active lifestyles.
"As the number one microprocessor for handheld computers, Motorola's DragonBall family has been at the forefront of the rapidly growing portable devices market for six years. We believe that this alliance gives design engineers the tools to implement wireless video in products powered by DragonBall MX1," said Buddy Broeker, director of handheld computing, Motorola. "Hantro has superior expertise in video coding technologies and wireless telecommunications, and they have developed a truly advanced MPEG4 codec. Hantro's MPEG4 codec is optimized for our requirements of low power and high level of integration, which are crucial for a leading edge mobile terminal design. Both the MPEG4 codec and our DragonBall family are scalable wireless video solutions - from low resolution decoding up to high resolution simultaneous encoding and decoding. They offer an excellent roadmap for designers to develop a whole range of products using Hantro's video technology and our DragonBall microprocessor."
Hantro's MPEG-4 codec can be a software-based or a hardware-based solution, which includes some control software. The codec enables the transfer of best-of-class video images between mobile devices by providing high-quality, simultaneous video encoding and decoding at speeds up to 30 frames per second and up to CIF resolution. Hantro's codec is an optimal solution for battery operated devices, due to its sophisticated power control system. The codec is optimized for low power usage and low processor load.
Media Contact: Hantro Products Ltd. Eero Kaikkonen Tel: +358 8 815 6300 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hantro Products Ltd. specializes in the latest video coding technologies and wireless communication. The company's main product is an MPEG4 codec, a two-way wireless image transfer capability for wireless appliances. Hantro's MPEG-4 codec is a System-on-Chip solution and it is specifically designed for wireless handsets with low power consumption and low processor loading.
Hantro was founded in Oulu, Finland in 1992. Since the beginning, the company has concentrated on the design services for wireless technology. In 1994, Hantro launched its first IP Library that was ASIC-based Forward Error Correction library for wireless communication. For more information on Hantro and its products, please visit www.hantro.com.
The DragonBall MX1 microprocessor is designed for smaller, lighter, lower-cost mobile products, such as advanced information appliances, smart phones, Web browsers/tablets, digital media audio players, handheld computers and mobile data/voice applications. To deliver total solutions to the market, the DragonBall MX1 family has developed licensing agreements with HANTRO Products Ltd. for its MPEG4 codec; ARM Holding for use of the ARM920T core technology; Sony Corporation for use of its Memory Stick(TM) interface; and Digianswer A/S for its Bluetooth(TM) wireless technology. Motorola is a board member of the Secure Digital Association.
The DragonBall family is compatible with industry-leading systems such as the Palm OS platform, Microsoft® Windows® CE operating system, Linux® operating system, and Symbian(TM) operating system.
The DragonBall family is fully supported with the CodeWarrior development environment from Metrowerks®, a Motorola company. With more than 35,000 registered users developing applications with CodeWarrior for Palm OS handheld tools, Metrowerks is the leading commercial tools provider for the DragonBall platform. The Metrowerks CodeWarrior IDETM has been precisely tailored to the MX1 while fully integrating the necessary ARM920T software products. In this way, users already familiar with ARM tools may get up to speed very quickly. In addition, the MX1 CodeWarrior software provides an easy transition from 68K core-based applications to the MX1 based on the ARM core as part of our policy of providing a continual upgrade path for DragonBall family tools. www.motorola.com/dragonball
As the world's No. 1 producer of embedded processors, Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector creates DigitalDNA(TM) system-on-chip solutions for a connected world. Our strong focus on communications and networking enables customers to develop smarter, simpler, safer and synchronized products for the person, work team, home and automobile. Motorola's worldwide semiconductor sales were $7.9 billion (USD) in 2000.
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT - news) is a global leader in providing integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 2000 were $37.6 billion.
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Hantro Products Ltd., Oulu
Eero Kaikkonen, Tel: +358 8 815 6300