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NEC introduces three new Melody LSI chips for mobile handsets

MuVo Micro N200: a new MP3 player from Creative

ARCHOS Gmini XS200 and MPIO FL300: new MP3 players

NEC introduces three new Melody LSI chips for mobile handsets

NEC Electronics introduced three audio LSI chips designed for mobile handsets: µPD9993 (64 polyphonic tones; MP3/AAC), µPD9996 (for entry-level single-speaker handsets), µPD9995 (like the previous, but in a 4.38x4.38 mm 48-pin package).

µPD9993 features DSP core for MP3 and AAC decoding and supports MIDI. DSP core also eliminated the need in a separate decoder LSI. The chip supports DiMAGIC, Adaptive Surround Technology innovations that processes two audio channels for playing five audio channels.

  • 16-bit DAC
  • +1.8~3 V voltage
  • 85-pin FBGA (6x6 mm)

µPD9996 offers entry-level features without surround sound support and external digital I/O. The chip is pin-compatible with µPD9990/1/2.

  • 16-bit DAC
  • +1.8~3 V voltage
  • 65-pin FBGA (6x6 mm)

µPD9993, µPD9995 and µPD9996 are already sampling. The volume production will be launched in November 2004. The first handsets are expected in March 2005. For more information on NEC Melody LSI series visit this page.

MuVo Micro N200: a new MP3 player from Creative

Another MP3 player announcement, this time from Creative that unveiled its MuVo Micro N200.

Creative MuVo Micro N200 supports MP3/WMA and features 256 MB, 512 MB or 1 GB capacity. It is sized 33x65x13 mm at 29 g weight. Naturally it can be used as a player, USB storage or voice recorder. Claimed operation time is up to 15 hours.

In North America 256 MB model will cost $100, 512 MB one — $130 and 1 GB device will cost $200.

ARCHOS Gmini XS200 and MPIO FL300: new MP3 players

ARCHOS introduced yet another portable MP3 player, Gmini XS200.

Sized 74x58x18mm, the novelty nevertheless features 20 GB HDD and is to go on sale this month with MSRP of $250 (North America). It supports MP3, WMA, WAV formats and features 2" LCD display.

Besides, this month we should also expect MPIO FL300 MP3 player sized 30x50x12.8 mm at 28 g weight. MPIO FL300 will offer 128 MB, 256 MB and 1 GB capacity. The junior model will cost $175.

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