Feeds

Panasonic to ship 45nm chip ahead of Intel

UniPhier video processor out before 'Penryn'

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Panasonic is set to become the first technology company to release products that consumers can actually buy and take home that contain 45nm chips, its parent, Matsushita, claimed today.

The Diga-brand DVD and Blu-ray Disc recorders containing the 45nm chip, a video processing part called UniPhier - short for UNIversal Platform for High-quality Image Enhancing Revolution, believe it or not - will go on sale on 1 November, albeit only in Japan. Even so, that's still more than a week ahead of Intel's first 45nm processors, assuming they're available to buy at launch.

UniPhier is a 250m-transistor codec chip supporting the H.264 - aka MPEG 4 AVC - capable of dealing with two "full HD" - by which we assume Panasonic means 1080p - images at the same time.

Panasonic also said the part can churn through 3D graphics and has the ability to number-crunch encryption alogorithms - though it didn't specify which ones.

Panasonic UniPhier
Panasonic's UniPhier achitecture
Click for full-size image

The company sees UniPhier as the foundation for a range of products, from media-oriented mobile phones to in-car entertainment systems. There are three versions of the chip. One, for phones, contains just a basic "instruction parallel processor", while the second model, aimed at portable AV devices, adds a "data parallel processor" and what Panasonic calls a "hardware engine" - specific algorithm accelerators. The third UniPhier is designed for home entertainment products and in-car kit, takes the second model's design and builds in more hardware engines.

All these cores fit into system-on-a-chip parts that incorporate an ARM processor, a memory controller, I/O, video signal processing circuitry and, in some cases, 2D and 3D graphics processing.

Boost IT visibility and business value

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.