SAN JOSE, USA: Renesas Technology America Inc. announced the development of the Renesas Multimedia Solution Linux platform, which enables low-cost and rapid development of systems incorporating the SH-Mobile R Series application processor for mobile devices.
The first product in the series is the MS7724 platform for the SH-Mobile R2R (SH7724), the newest entry in the SH-Mobile R Series. Shipments began on November 26, 2009, in Japan.
The MS7724 provides improved functionality, a compact area that is approximately 60% that of previous products, and lower cost in comparison with earlier evaluation and development boards from Renesas Technology.
In addition, it includes software for developing systems running the Linux OS, which is widely used in the application fields of the SH-Mobile R2R (SH7724), including navigation systems with support for terrestrial digital broadcasts, portable media players, and IP Security cameras. This allows evaluation of the device immediately after purchase, contributing to shorter system development cycles and more timely release of products to the market.
The SH-Mobile R Series is an application processor based on the SH-Mobile, which is widely used in mobile phones in Japan and overseas. It was developed to allow multimedia technologies of the SH-Mobile such as camera processing, as well as video and audio processing, to be applied in fields other than mobile phones.
The SH-Mobile R2R (SH7724), announced in May 2009, is the newest and most advanced product in the SH-Mobile R Series. It incorporates multi-codec high-performance video processing IP supporting the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) video compression standard used by ISDB-T terrestrial digital broadcasts in Japan, as well as One-Seg and formats used for terrestrial digital broadcasts in Europe, China, and other regions.
To support playback and recording of HD (High Definition, 1.280 × 720 pixels) video, functionality is provided for encoding (recording) and decoding (playback) of HD format video at 30 frames per second (fps). Also, the operating frequency of 500 MHz provides power to spare when running a general-purpose OS such as Linux.
In addition to the above features, camera inputs have been increased to two channels and an Ethernet MAC (Media Access Control) supporting data transfer at 10/100 megabits per seconds (Mbps) has been newly added.
This extends the range of suitable applications beyond low-end navigation systems, where Renesas Technology application processors already have an extensive track record, to include IP security cameras, videoconferencing systems, video and voice over IP (V2IP), networked household appliances, drive recorders, digital signage, etc.
Renesas technology expects the SH-Mobile R2R (SH7724) to achieve full-scale adoption. Since Linux is widely used as the OS for systems such as those previously mentioned, there is growing demand for low-cost and compact evaluation and development boards to be provided as part of a package that includes Linux System development tools. Such products allow systems to be developed at a lower cost and in less time.
In response to this demand, Renesas Technology has developed the Renesas Multimedia Solution line of system development Linux platforms. Each incorporates an SH-Mobile R Series application processor; provides enhanced functionality, reduced cost, and greater compactness than previous evaluation and development boards; and includes Linux software necessary for system development in a single package.
The first product to be released is the MS7724 platform for the SH-Mobile R2R (SH7724).