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Renesas Technology's Introduces SH-Mobile Processor

Oct 6, 2003 - 4:55:00 PM

Renesas has intruduced the SH7310, a high-performance 32-bit RISC/DSP chip targeting mobile phone applications.
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Renesas Technology America, Inc., a U.S. new joint-venture semiconductor company established by Hitachi, Ltd. and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, today announced the new SH-MobileV2 mobile processor. The high-performance 32-bit SH-MobileV2 processor offers features to enhance 3D gaming platform as well as Java-based applications. The device is built on the popular SuperH(R) RISC architecture.

According to Brian Davis, director of business development at Renesas Technology America, Inc., "Mobile phone designs are becoming increasingly complex, driven by higher camera pixel counts, the growing popularity of video-mail and video-phone services, and the increasing sophistication of applications such as online gaming. To pack the added features and performance new phones need into fast, low-power application processors, Renesas leveraged technology from the successful SH-Mobile series to produce the SH-MobileV2 processor."

"With this device, our customers can build phones that offer smoother, faster moving image playback and recording and have advanced LCD screens that can display applications that achieve substantial visual impact. They can also offer a wider range of options based on advanced technology, developed at reduced cost. As a result, consumers will get a higher quality multimedia experience from their next-generation mobile products and are likely to be more willing to experiment with the innovative new services carriers can provide."

The new SH-MobileV2 processor offers enhanced functionality such as an on-chip MPEG-4 accelerator function, connectivity interfaces, and advanced power management capability. It provides superior user experiences with gaming and other advanced multimedia applications for 2.5G and 3G phones. Also, the SH-MobileV2 processor is the first device to offers an LCD controller for advanced TFT LCD panels, and a built-in sound source that can produce up to 64 chords for generating pleasant, sophisticated ring-tone melodies.

3D Mobile Game Platform for Rich Graphic Experience
The SH-MobileV2 microcontroller enables high-end/feature-rich mobile phones. It offers advanced image processing functions including a UXGA (2-megapixel equivalent) camera interface; a fast, low-power MPEG-4 full-hardware accelerator; and a 2D/3D graphics engine for impressive on-screen graphics. At the heart of this application processor is a 32-bit, 133MHz SH3-DSP CPU core with built-in DSP functions, a cache and 192KB of RAM for user-defined functions. On-chip peripheral modules include a color management unit that generates color conversions tailored to the characteristics of various LCD modules, an LCD controller that supports TFT color LCDs, a video output unit, an IrDA interface, a USB 2.0 interface, and a 2-channel sound I/O unit that produces up to 64 chords for impressive audio outputs.

Comprehensive 3rd Party Support, Plus Development Platform
Available Renesas multimedia 3rd party support for the new processor includes MPEG-4, JPEG and MP3 software, as well as a variety of other software packages. To jump-start the system development process for sophisticated multimedia applications, Renesas offers a development platform equipped with a keyboard, small LCD panel, and cellphone-class camera.

Specifications: SH-MobileV2 Application Processor

Model (Part Number)                SH7310 (HD6417310BP133)
CPU core                               SH3-DSP, SuperH 32-bit RISC/DSP
Power supply voltage               Internal:  1.4V to 1.6V
                                            External:  2.5V to 3.3V, or 1.65V to 1.95V

Maximum operating frequency: 133 MHz

Maximum processing performance: 173 MIPS
On-chip RAM: 192 KBytes
Cache memory: 32 KBytes

X/Y memory (for DSP unit)          16 KBytes
On-chip peripheral functions       --  UXGA camera support functions
                                   --  MPEG-4 full-hardware accelerator
                                   --  2D/3D graphics engine
                                   --  DMAC, 6 channels
                                   --  MMU
                                   --  USB function (USB2.0 full-speed support)
---------------------------------- -----------------------------------
Interfaces                     --  Dedicated interface (baseband
                                       LSI connection, etc.)
                                   --  NAND/AND type flash memory
                                   --  Video I/O (camera module direct
                                        connection interface)
                                   --  I2C interface(1)
                                   --  Key-scan interface
                                   --  Serial interface, 1 channel
                                   --  Serial interface with FIFO, 1
                                   --  Memory card interface
                                   --  Sound interface unit, 2
                                   --  Asynchronous serial interface,
                                        4 channels
                                   --  Video output unit
                                   --  LCD controller, supports TFT
                                        color LCD
                                   --  Color management unit
                                   --  IrDA interface (v1.2a support)

Package                            408-pin CSP
                                   (12 mm x 12 mm x 1.4 mm, 0.5 mm pin pitch)

The SH-MobileV2 SH7310 (Renesas p/n# HD6417310BP133) processor will be available 4th Quarter 2003, packaged in a 408-pin CSP package. Pricing has not yet been set at press time.

About Renesas Technology Corp.
Renesas Technology Corp. designs and manufactures highly integrated semiconductor system solutions for mobile, networking, automotive, industrial and digital home electronics markets. Established on April 1, 2003 as a joint venture between Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE:HIT)(TSE:6501)and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TSE:6503) and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Renesas Technology is one of the largest semiconductor companies in the world and the number one microcontroller supplier globally. Besides microcontrollers, Renesas Technology offers system-on-chip devices, Smart Card ICs, mixed-signal products, flash memories, SRAMs and more.




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