ARM unveils MP3 decoder software

ARM CPU plus software better than ASICs, DSPs, apparently

ARM yesterday made its move on the digital audio market with the launch of software designed to play back MP3 and Dolby Digital files on a standard ARM CPU. The plan is to promote ARM processors and the new software hardwired into ROM chips as a low-cost alternative to ASIC-based decoders. The software was developed with Cirrus Logic, which is building it into its own single-chip digital audio decoder, the EP7209, based on an ARM core. ®

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