Monday, October 1, 2007

Broadcom's New VideoCore Processor Aims for HD Video Mobiles

Broadcom has begun sampling its new VideoCore III multimedia processor, which targets high definition (HD) video camcorder and playback in cell phones and portable media players.

The Broadcom VideoCore III multimedia processor also supports an up to 12 megapixel digital camera and delivers ultra-low power 3D graphics for a world-class gaming experience. Broadcom says its VideoCore III can deliver this quantum improvement in mobile audio, video, imaging, navigation and gaming experiences -- with similar battery life and size to current generation compact multimedia handsets.

The new BCM2727 mobile multimedia processor provides 720p HD video encode and decode with H.264 main profile compression at low power levels. This will enable consumers to capture video on their cell phones with the same quality as 720p HD television. Broadcom estimates handsets can support more than 5 hours of high definition video playback or around 3 hours of HD recording using a standard-sized cell phone battery. Content on the handset up to HD resolution can be played back on televisions via an integrated HDMI 1.3 or analog interface.

In addition to HD camcorder functionality and camera processing of up to 12 megapixels, the BCM2727 features on-chip advanced 2D and 3D graphics accelerators and efficient audio technology. The graphics pipeline is optimized for efficient Open VG 1.0 and Open GL ES 1.1/2.0 operation and is capable of 32 million triangles per second peak performance.

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