AMD announces multimedia solutions for handhelds

Not to be outdone by Nvidia, which unveiled its APX 2500 applications processor for smart phones yesterday, AMD has announced a number of new hardware, software, and intellectual property solutions for cell phones at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. AMD's announcement covers the Imageon D160, Imageon M210, Imageon A250, Z180, and Z460—three hardware/software solutions and two graphics cores designed for licensing.

The Imageon D160 is a hardware and software package AMD says will enable hardware manufacturers to "design cutting-edge mobile devices that receive over-the-air broadcast TV signals transmitted in the DVB-T and DVB-H standards." Manufacturers will be able to package the D160 in USB-powered devices, which users will be able to plug into their notebooks, PDAs, portable media players, and other handheld devices.

AMD's second freshly announced device is the Imageon M210, a high-definition audio processor aimed at mainstream mobile phones and portable media players. The company claims the M210 is capable of offering "more than 100 hours" of music playback. There's also the Imageon A250, an application processor crafted to handle video playback and recording as well as photo imaging on high-resolution displays "while maintaining long system battery life."

Last, but not least, AMD has unveiled two intellectual property solutions: a pair of graphics cores it plans to license to third parties. The AMD Z180 is an OpenVG 1.x graphics core tailored for vector graphics, while the Z460 is an OpenGL ES 2.0 core designed to offer "fully programmable shader models for realistic 3D graphics."

AMD plans to start sampling the aforementioned products and technologies this month. Products based on them are only scheduled to appear either late this year or some time in 2009, though.

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