AMD Alchemy™ Solutions Portable Media Tablet
Reference Design Kit Delivers Enhanced Multimedia Performance For Mobile Computing
—Comprehensive Kit, Now Sampling, Enables Manufacturers to Meet Market Demand for Enhanced Multimedia Performance and Longer Battery Life—
SUNNYVALE, CA --
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced sampling of the AMD Alchemy™ Solutions Portable Media Tablet Reference Design Kit (RDK), which provides a complete solution for developing portable multimedia and data terminals. Offering enhanced audio/video capabilities and increased battery life using a Web tablet form factor, this fully mobile platform solution runs on both Microsoft® Windows® CE and Linux. The Portable Media Tablet RDK allows remote access to the user’s primary PC via a wireless network.
Based on the AMD Alchemy Solutions Au1500™ processor, the Portable Media Tablet design package includes both hardware and software solutions to help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) bring Web tablet devices to market quickly. The RDK is engineered to enable an advanced multimedia experience with media-rich consumer applications such as playback of digital video, digital music and digital pictures, while also offering mobile Internet browsing. Features within the RDK such as Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) for integration with home PCs, and wireless LAN support for easy home networking, provide convenient extensions for wireless computing. In addition, the Portable Media Tablet RDK is designed to enable longer batter life for manufacturers through the integration of mobile functionality.
"The Portable Media Tablet RDK was developed to meet the needs of our customers by providing an enhanced multimedia experience,” said Phil Pompa, AMD's vice president, marketing for the Personal Connectivity Solutions group. “Manufacturers need a solution that enables the development of high-performance, low-cost wireless displays with extended battery life. While helping to enable advanced multimedia capabilities, this tool also helps our customers lower development costs, improve the overall computing experience, and bring their products to market in a timely and cost-effective manner.”
“The demand for experiencing visually rich multimedia content in a variety of mobile devices is growing very rapidly,” said Kevin M. Kitagawa, senior director of marketing at Silicon Motion, a leading supplier of integrated mobile graphics and video acceleration solutions. “Designing this type of device requires a careful balance between system performance and battery life. The Portable Media Tablet RDK will help OEMs quickly and easily deliver innovative products to market by optimizing the AMD Alchemy Au1500 CPU and Silicon Motion’s SM501 multimedia companion chip.”
About the AMD Alchemy™ Solutions Portable Media Tablet Reference Design Kit
The AMD Alchemy Solutions Portable Media Tablet RDK is a modular reference design platform that allows manufacturers to develop Web tablet devices based on the high-performance, highly integrated, low-power AMD Alchemy Solutions Au1500 processor. It is designed to deliver an enhanced multimedia experience with lower overall system power and extended battery life.
The RDK provides a full range of multimedia playback capabilities including MPEG1, 2, and 4; Windows Media Video 8 and 9; MP3 and advanced two-dimensional graphics with the integrated Philips TriMedia processor and Silicon Motion Voyager Gx Graphics controller. The Portable Media Tablet RDK enables ease of connection with flexible support for multiple wireless LAN standards including 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11a supported by the Mini PCI-based wireless LAN. The new RDK supports mobile monitors with a 12.1-inch, 1024 x 786 16-bit per pixel display, and can support resolutions up to 1280 x 1024 16-bit per pixel display. RDK kit contents include a board, LCD panel, battery, debug card, enclosure, and design file.
The AMD Alchemy Solutions Portable Media Tablet RDK cost is $3,500 and is currently sampling, with widespread availability expected in August. For more information about the AMD Alchemy Solutions Portable Media Tablet Display RDK, please go to:
The first public demonstration of the Portable Media Tablet RDK will be at WinHEC, May 5-7 in New Orleans, AMD booth #900.
About the AMD Alchemy™ Solutions Au1500™ processor
The Au1500 processor is a MIPS32™ technology–based system on a chip (SOC) processor, and is available at speeds of 333MHz, 400MHz and 500MHz, with power dissipations of less than 400 milliwatts, 700 milliwatts and 1.2 watts, respectively. With highly integrated system peripherals, including a 33/66MHz 32-bit PCI Controller (PCI 2.2 compliant), GPIO, two 10/100 Ethernet Controllers, USB Device and Host, two UARTS, an AC-97 Controller and a PCMCIA controller, the Au1500 processor can help provide lower system costs, and can enable smaller form factors, simpler designs and shorter design cycles.
The Au1500 processor's integrated dual Ethernet MACs (Medium Access Controllers) help to enable secure firewall functionality for use with today's broadband Internet access. Its integrated Universal Systems Bus (USB) host and device ports enable user-friendly PC peripheral applications, and its Peripheral Component Interface (PCI) allows system design flexibility for home and small office networking products.
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About AMD Alchemy Solutions
The AMD Alchemy Solutions product line includes the AMD Alchemy Solutions Au1000™, Au1500™ and Au1100™ processors, development board kits and the Mobile Handheld, Driver Information, and Access Equipment reference design kits. In addition the AMD Alchemy Solution includes the Am1772™ WLAN chipset, the PC card and Mini PCI reference design kits. These products target non-PC Internet appliance markets, including computing devices, access devices, driver information systems and entertainment devices.
Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD (NYSE: AMD) is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Asia. AMD, a Standard & Poor's 500 company, produces microprocessors, Flash memory devices, and silicon-based solutions for communications and networking applications.
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