First Product Demonstration Took Place at CeBIT
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 18, 2003 -- Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)* today announced a new TX7901 MIPS reduced instruction set computer (RISC) processor-based AVM79R reference design. This leading-edge evaluation system is targeted at media center applications. TAEC will make its reference design available starting in April 2003 to manufacturers seeking to reduce development costs and speed time-to-market for digital set-top boxes, media gateways and other multimedia consumer electronic platforms that manage networked home entertainment products. The first demonstration of the reference design took place at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany on March 12, 2003.
Tetsuro Wada, business development and technical marketing director of TX RISC Business Unit at TAEC said, "Based on our overall strategy for Entertainment Home Gateway, we have developed the AVM79R reference design that includes a Toshiba TMPR7901XB superscalar MIPS-based RISC processor, a Toshiba TC86C001FG IDE/USB companion chip and VWEB's VW2010 MPEG1/2/4 CODEC. It enables the customers and software developers to port and integrate required leading-edge software technologies. It can be applied to various applications like set-top boxes, home gateways and personal video recorders."
Mr Hisayuki Suzuki, executive vice president of VWEB Corporation said, "We are very pleased and excited to work with Toshiba, Lineo and multiple other companies to produce the AVM79R reference design. By combining the power of VWEB's MPEG-1, -2 and -4 codec, with transcoding and translating capability, Lineo's Embedded Linux and Toshiba's microprocessor, we have created a complete solution for media home gateway, IP-set-top boxes and video networking."
The TX RISC Business Unit of TAEC is collaborating with a number of software companies to produce the AVM79R reference design. The list includes the following:
- ACCESS Co. Ltd. (www.access.co.jp), NetFront™ Internet browser
- Macrovision Corporation (www.macrovision.com), Digital Rights management
- Mediabolic, Inc. (www.mediabolic.com), software for networked entertainment devices in the home
- Lineo uSolutions, Inc. (www.lineo.co.jp) embedded Linux solutions
- Planetweb, Inc. (www.planetweb.com), software applications, graphic user interfaces and integration services for the Consumer Electronics market
- SecureMedia (www.securemedia.com), Encryptonite™ encryption and Digital Rights Management systems
- SNAPGear (www.snapgear.com), gateway protocol stack and system integration
- VWEB Corp. (www.vwebcorp.com) MPEG -1/-2/-4 codec and steaming software
- ZAO Networks, Inc. (www.zaonet.com), interactive set-top box and system integration
About the AVM79R Reference Design
|Host CPU ||TMPR7901XB-200: Toshiba superscalar 64-bit MIPS RISC processor |
|MPEG-2/-4 codec ||VW2010: VWEB Corp. full D1 MPEG-4 support, MPEG-2/-4 transcoding |
|Companion Chip ||TC86C001FG: Toshiba Universal Serial Bus (USB) host/device, Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE) Ultra-DMA mode 4 interface and Inter-IC bus interface |
|Embedded Storage ||Built-in hard disk drive and DVD drive |
|Interfaces || |
Peripheral Controller Interconnect, USB 1.1 host/device, Ethernet Media Access Controller, S-Video (In/Out), Composite (In/Out), Sony/Philips Digital Interconnect Format, IDE (ATA66MB) and General Purpose input/output
|Software || |
MPEG streaming, personal video recorder, video on demand, Digital Radio Mondiale, Quality of Service, Home Network Protocol, Residential Gateway stacks, Voice over IP, etc.
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|Pricing || |
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