AMD Introduces Processor for Portable Media Players

@ 2005/01/06
AMD's Alchemy Au1200 Processor Accelerates Digital Media

AMD announced availability of the AMD Alchemy Au1200 processor, a low-power, high-performance, system-on-chip solution designed to provide living-room quality video entertainment for consumers on the go.

The Au1200 processor has been optimized for personal media players (PMP) and enables a new generation of conveniences and features, including scalable DVD-quality displays, effortless video content transfers directly from digital video recorders, and long-lasting battery life so consumers can stay mobile longer. The Au1200 processor is designed to support industry-standard media formats, including MPEG2, MPEG4, WMV9, H.263 and DivX.

AMD Alchemy Au1200 operates at 400MHz while consuming only 400mW of power, supports DDR and DDR2 SDRAM, USB 2.0 host interface, LCD controller with resolution up to 1024x768, AES-128 data encryption and is compatible with Windows CE.NET as well as Linux operating systems.

AMD is partnering with industry-leading DVR manufacturer TiVo to support the TiVo-To-Go initiative, which enables direct transfer of programs from a Series2 TiVo DVR directly to PMPs, laptops and other portable devices. Numerous other designers also plan to use AMD’s Au1200 chip.

The AMD Alchemy Au1200 processor is planned to be available in production quantities in the second quarter of 2005 in 333MHz, 400MHz and 500MHz speed options. In 10,000 unit quantities, the AMD Alchemy Au1200 processor (333MHz version) is priced at $22.50.

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