04 May 2011

Dual Cortex-A9 mpu targets video intensive applications

Targeted at applications ranging from high resolution video conferencing to web connected devices, STMicroelectronics' SPEAr1340 features twin Cortex-A9 cores running at up to 600MHz in symmetric or asymmetric modes.

The microprocessor integrates an ARM Mali 200 graphics processing unit, a hardware video encoder and a decoder supporting major compression standards. Video resolution is said to be up to 1080p and 30frame/s.
Security applications can take advantage of a multistandard cryptographic engine and one time programmable registers for identification and external flash memory anti tamper protection.
"SPEAr1340 represents the leading edge of the embedded microprocessor market," claimed Loris Valenti, general manager of ST's computer systems division. "The combination of processing power, high level features, peripheral integration and advanced multimedia capabilities targets applications from entry level web connected devices to video conferencing and security systems."
The part, which is being made on ST's low power 55nm HCMOS process, has a processing power equivalent to 3000DMIPS. Although the device is sampling now, it is only available to ST's lead customers.

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Graham Pitcher

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