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Renesas launches the development of a new processor for mobile handsets

Renesas Technology , a joint venture of Hitachi and Mitsubishi Electric, and Nazomi Communications, chip vendor for multimedia and Java solutions, informed about the joint development focused on improving mobile handsets performance.

Renesas is to purchase the acceleration technology for Java from Nazomi and will pass to this company the intellectual property rights for SH-Mobile series. As a result, we should see new inexpensive handsets with built-in cameras supporting Java, 2D/3D graphics, video and audio applications.

According to the official press release, the three primary objectives are:

  • To satisfy the increasing demand for Java in mobile handsets
  • To introduce high-performance multimedia processors
  • To help mobile handset developers in their work

Video, audio and data capabilities is one of the primary trends of todays wireless industry that offers nice prospects for multimedia processors for Java- enabled phones. According to the latest report by Zelos Group, 450 million phones or 74% of the world sales volume will support Java by 2007.

The SH-Mobile series includes SH-Mobile 1, SH-Mobile J and SH-Mobile V solutions. They actually have the dual-way structure in which one processor is responsible for the communications, and the other for applications. SH-Mobile models utilize 32-bit RISC SuperH architecture and support JPEG image browsing, MP3 playback, MPEG4 encoding/decoding, virtual Java. Below is an example of a system based on SH-Mobile V:

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