Canon HDMI compatible digicam


Canon today bolsters its luxury IXUS range with the launch of the incredible new IXUS 300 HS – a stylish and powerful premium compact digital camera capable of capturing outstanding stills and High Definition (HD) video. Available in blasted steel silver, matt black, glossy white or high gloss red, the new model offers a supercharged combination of speed, usability and creative control – making it perfect for those who wish to make a statement with the technology they own.

The IXUS 300 HS is the first model to feature Canon’s new HS System, combining a high-sensitivity 10.0 Megapixel CMOS sensor with fast DIGIC 4 processing for enhanced low light performance and high-speed shooting. A bright, f/2.0 wide-angle lens provides the ability to use faster shutter speeds and make subjects stand out by creatively blurring the background, while a range of manual settings offer a new level of artistic flexibility to IXUS users who wish to explore, and develop, their photographic skills.

Fast, powerful, versatile
The IXUS 300 HS embodies the latest in luxurious, high-performance, pocketable imaging technology from Canon. The new HS System provides excellent performance in low light, making the most of the camera’s back-illuminated CMOS imaging sensor and DIGIC 4 processor, supporting a maximum ISO of 3200 at full resolution and reducing noise levels at all ISO speeds [1]. Using Low Light mode, the camera can also achieve an extended maximum speed of ISO 6400, capturing images at 2.5MP resolution and providing the ideal tools for shooting at evening events and on nights out.

The camera’s low light performance is further enhanced by a bright, f/2.0, 28mm wide-angle lens with 3.8x optical zoom, helping users to get closer to the action while allowing more light to reach the sensor. Canon’s acclaimed optical Image Stabilizer (IS) minimises the blur associated with longer exposures when shooting in low light and when zooming in to get closer to subjects. Using advanced lens-shift technology, the IS allows users to shoot sharp images even with up to 1/8th of the light that would normally be required from cameras without stabilisation – equivalent to a 3-stop advantage.

The lens’ wide maximum aperture and its manually-controlled iris also provide users with greater control over depth of field, enabling the capture of impressive portraits and striking macro shots. This level of optical performance has been achieved using the same processes and quality standards used to manufacture Canon’s series of EF professional lenses, which are used and trusted by millions of users the world over.

The HS System also enables the CMOS sensor to capture high-speed action with up to 3.7 shots per second continuous shooting at full 10.0MP resolution, or up to 8.4 shots per second at 2.5MP resolution using the High Speed Burst mode. Both high-speed shooting modes have no limit on the number of shots taken and can be used non-stop right up to card capacity, ensuring that no critical moment will ever be missed [2].
Extreme, fast-paced action can also be recorded using Super Slow Motion Movie mode, which captures at 240 frames per second (fps) and plays back at a much slower 30fps, providing a dramatic and spectacular record of fast-moving subjects.

Unique Canon design – both inside and out
The IXUS 300 HS stands out from the crowd with an angular and compact stainless steel body, providing sleek looks to match the stunning image quality.

A 7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G LCD screen incorporates a strong tempered glass outer layer, providing high contrast and wide-angle viewing that makes it ideal for shooting large groups or subjects from awkward angles. Its wide, 16:9 aspect ratio also allows users to frame and play back HD video footage in full screen without black borders at the top and bottom of the picture.

A touch-sensitive scroll wheel makes navigating menus and browsing through images quick, easy and fun. On-screen “Hints & Tips” are also featured within the user interface, coaching users through the different camera settings and offering helpful guidance on the camera’s extensive range of features.

Make your mark with creative shooting
The IXUS 300 HS enables even the most inexperienced photographers to explore their creative side, offering a range of modes and functions that make it easy to capture striking images. Smart Auto with Scene Detection Technology provides the best results in all conditions, intelligently detecting the scene and selecting the optimum settings from 22 variables. Smart Flash Exposure also controls flash levels according to shooting conditions, providing the right amount of flash to ensure perfectly exposed shots in all situations.

A range of new and creative shooting modes make taking exciting shots both easy and fun. Fish-eye Effect mimics the distortion of a fish-eye lens, with three effect levels to choose from, whilst Miniature Effect makes subjects appear like miniature-scale models. Easy self-portraits are provided by Smart Shutter, which uses
Face Detection Technology to allow users to trigger the shutter using a smile or a wink of the eye. Using FaceSelf-Timer, users can also set the camera to shoot automatically after detecting a new face in the frame. For more advanced users requiring additional levels of creative control, the IXUS 300 HS offers manual control over shutter speed or aperture settings in Tv and Av modes respectively.

HD video capture – added flexibility in one stylish package
For moments that lend themselves to video, the IXUS 300 HS offers 720p high definition movie recording with high quality stereo sound. The lens’ quiet drive system allows users to zoom during recording with minimum audio interference, while the optical Image Stabilizer can also be engaged to reduce the effects of camera shake in video footage. An integrated HDMI-mini port makes it straightforward to share images, allowing pictures and video to be viewed directly on any HDMI-compatible screen, including HDTVs.

For users who want to transfer content wirelessly, the IXUS 300 HS includes Eye-Fi connected functions. The camera features a dedicated Eye-Fi section in the User Interface, on-screen icons, and will disable the automatic power-down function when the Eye-Fi card transmits data – allowing users to transfer content easily and without interruption [3].

CANON iMAGE GATEWAY – share your stories
Owners of the IXUS 300 HS can join the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY, an online facility for sharing photos and video. Users can take advantage of up to 2GB of personal storage capacity, creating enough room for hundreds of high-quality images. Mobile browsing is also supported, making it easy for friends and family to view photos on the move.

IXUS 300 HS key features:

High performance IXUS in a stunning stainless steel body

10.0 Megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS

Bright f/2.0, 28mm, 3.8x genuine Canon lens with optical Image Stabilizer

HS System with DIGIC 4 for fast shooting and low noise in low light

240 fps Super Slow Motion Movie. High-speed Burst: 8.4 shots/sec [4]

Wide 7.5 cm (3.0″) PureColor II G LCD with enhanced strength and visibility

Smart Auto and Smart Flash Exposure for great photos in all situations

HD movies (720p) with optical zoom, stereo sound and HDMI

Creative shooting with P, Av and Tv modes, Low Light, Fish-eye and Miniature Effect

Smart Shutter with Smile, Wink Self-Timer and FaceSelf-Timer

The IXUS 300 HS is compatible with a range of IXUS accessories including flash units, and a soft leather case is also available to complement and protect the unique design.


ViewSonic’s 27-inch 1080p LCD

ViewSonic’s latest LCD display has gone up for preorder, and the 27-inch monitor is apparently the world’s first Full HD display with a 1ms response time.  The ViewSonic VX2739wm is, unsurprisingly, being targeted at gamers, but it’s also multimedia-friendly with 1080p HD resolution and SRS Premium Sound stereo 2W speakers.

There’s also a 100,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (1,200:1 typical), 300cd/m2 brightness, a trio of inputs – HDMI, DVI and VGA – and a four port USB 2.0 hub for easy peripheral connectivity.  Finally, a VESA mount on the back makes for straightforward wall-mounting.

The ViewSonic VX2739wm is available for preorder now, priced at $349.99 with a three year warranty.  No word on when it’s expected to begin shipping, however.



Toshiba integrates HDD or USB storage on REGZA HDtvs range

Toshiba Japan have updated their REGZA HDTV range, with select models supporting USB hard-drives or coming with 500GB of storage built-in.  The Toshiba REGZA R1 series – made up of 32-, 37- and 42-inch sets – and REGZA H1 series – made up of 32- and 37-inch sets – each have a USB port and Full HD resolution (bar on the 32-inch models, which get 720p support).  Meanwhile there’s also the entry level Toshiba REGZA A1 series, with 19-, 22- and 26-inch models all offering 720p HD resolution.

The REGZA R1 HDTVs use IPS panels complete with a special enhanced gaming mode for smoother play.  There’s also DLNA streaming support, four HDMI ports, various PC and analog inputs, plus two 10W speakers.  The REGZA 32R1 is due on April 30th, while the REGZA 42R1 and 37R1 will arrive in early June.

As for the REGZA H1, they have 500GB HDDs built-in, with IPS displays, DLNA streaming support and the same sort of connectivity as the R1 series.  The REGZA 37H1 and 32H1 will arrive in early June.  Finally, the REGZA A1 series get two HDMI ports, TN panels and no USB recording support; they’ll drop in early August.


Samsung’s 3D Blu-ray player

Having been spotted up for sale once before, before being unceremoniously yanked from the virtual shelves a few hours later, Samsung’s 3D-capable Blu ray player, the BD-C6900, is now finally shipping.  Announced back in January at CES 2010, the BD-C6900 obviously supports Full HD 1080p content but also includes both wired and WiFi connectivity for streaming media and internet-connected widgets.

There’s also DVD upscaling to 1080p, BD-Live support and 1GB of onboard storage, together with a skinny 39mm-thick design.  DLNA support means the BD-C6900 can be used as a media-stream receiver, and there’s support for Dolby Digital TruHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

Of course, many people will be looking at the deck for its 3D capabilities, and it’s compatible both with Samsung’s own 3D HDTVs and the general Blu ray 3D standard.


AMD Chipset with HD capable GPU

AMD Unveils Versatile AMD 890GX Chipset for High Definition Entertainment on Virtually Any PC Budget

New Chipset Serves as the Foundation for 2010 Client Platforms Featuring ATI Radeon™ HD 4290 Graphics, Advanced SATA 3.0, and USB 3.0 Connectivity for an Outstanding Out-of-Box 3D Graphics and HD Entertainment Experience

SUNNYVALE, Calif. —3/2/2010
AMD (NYSE: AMD) and its motherboard partners today unleashed ATI Radeon™ HD 4290 Graphics with the AMD 890GX Chipset, a versatile, affordable and exceptionally energy efficient solution for an incredible, high definition visual computing experience.

The AMD 890GX chipset redefines the way you play with versatile graphics configurations, including DirectX® 10.1 graphics on the motherboard and support for up to two high-performance ATI Radeon™ Premium Graphics cards with ATI CrossFireX™ technology. The same AMD 890GX motherboard which can be used to build an efficient and slim home theater PC using the integrated ATI Radeon HD 4290 Graphics, can be augmented with ATI Radeon™ HD 5450 Graphics for a dual-graphics performance preview, or upgraded to a gaming powerhouse with ATI Radeon™ HD 5870 Graphics and the visual realism of DirectX® 11.

With Integrated ATI Radeon HD 4290 Graphics, family and friends can enjoy accelerated and enhanced high definition and 1080p Blu-ray™ playback including dual-stream PiP (Picture in Picture) on Blu-ray™ 1.1. 1 Standard DVD movies can be viewed in near high-definition quality with DVD upscaling with post-processing to enhance standard and low resolution videos and movies on HD displays. ATI Radeon™ HD 4290 Graphics are designed to decode and play back Blu-ray™ and other HD content with support for MPEG2, VC-1, and H.264 formats.

The AMD 890GX Chipset supports the SATA 3.0 6Gbps hard drive interface to help speed application performance, decrease boot times, and provide faster access to information, HD video, photos and more.2 SATA 3.0 technology on the AMD 890GX Chipset can help speed application performance and Windows 7 data access speeds with high-bandwidth SATA 3.0 solid state drives and in multi-drive RAID configurations.

Many AMD 890GX-based motherboards feature SuperSpeed USB 3.0, quickly synchronizing and transferring digital media files on the new generation of USB 3.0 devices.2 With USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0 support, these platforms are designed to be ready for a new generation of high-speed hard drives and high resolution digital camcorders and media players. The AMD 890GX Chipset also includes support for Gigabit Ethernet, HyperTransport™ 3.0 technology, and PCI Express® Generation 2.0 to create a system designed to provide fast data flow resulting in speedier transfers of work, games, and entertainment files.

The first of the AMD 8-series chipsets, these technologies serve as the foundation for 2010 VISION technology for AMD desktop platforms that are scheduled to be announced in the second quarter of 2010 and are designed to be compatible with the upcoming AMD Phenom™ II X6 six-core processor.


O!Play adding wireless Full HD streaming?

ASUS’ plans for its next-generation of set-top boxes have been tipped, with the company expected to add wireless HD support to an upcoming model.  According to DigiTimes’ usual shadowy industry sources, ASUS are using Taifatech’s TF-600 chipset, presumably in a new O!Play box, which is capable of streaming Full HD video over wireless or wired networks.

The talkative industry insiders also reckon ASUS are considering slapping the TF-600 into their netbooks, which would presumably allow them to wirelessly connect with a remote media source.  According to the TF-600 data sheet , the Taifatech chipset has onboard rescaling functionality, controllers for keyboards and mice, and can natively support IR remote controls.


CES brings on 3D to the consumers

Televisions enhanced with direct internet access and 3D displays will be among the most anticipated products unveiled when the world’s biggest annual technology showcase kicks off in Las Vegas on Thursday.

This year could see a revolution in televisions on high street sale as they converge with the web, allowing viewers to watch services such as the BBC’s iPlayer and YouTube more conveniently.

Manufacturers including Sony, Panasonic and LG are expected to launch sets with a broad range of new capabilities at the Consumer Electronics Show, including High Definition TV (HDTV) screens with the internet telephony service Skype built in, so people can use their TVs for video chats with friends and family anywhere in the world.

The BBC launched a limited trial last month of the iPlayer on some high definition Freesat boxes – the free-to-air satellite service is increasingly integrated into TVs – and is anticipating even more viewers being online when the next generation of sets emerges.

There is a scramble to profit on the hype surrounding 3D after cinema hits Avatar and Up. A number of companies will be debuting their attempts at high-quality 3D screens. The Discovery Channel could even announce plans to launch a 3D TV channel next year.

The Las Vegas show is where the world’s most powerful electronics brands fight for top billing: launches in the past include the DVD, the Xbox games console and the puzzle game Tetris.

Last night’s launch of the Nexus One phone – Google’s rival to Apple’s iPhone – sought to upstage the start of CES and the next big moment will come tomorrow night with a keynote speech from Microsoft’s forceful chief executive, Steve Ballmer.

The company has opened CES in the past by outlining a vision of where Microsoft believes the future is headed. Two years ago billionaire founder Bill Gates demonstrated a table with a built-in touch sensitive computer, the Surface, while last year Ballmer showed off Windows 7.

Announcements likely this year include new mobile phones, concepts for home entertainment – perhaps even a launch date for Project Natal, the motion-sensitive video gaming system unveiled last summer. Whatever Ballmer has up his sleeve, he will have to compete with announcements from rivals such as Sony, Samsung, and Google.

Microsoft is not alone in looking for wow factor. Others include Nokia, the beleaguered mobile phone maker whose chief executive, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, will attempt to excite Friday’s crowds with a new slate of gadgets. Alan Mulally, boss of car maker Ford, is expected to show off hi-tech concepts aimed at changing the future of driving.

“We expect them to say something fairly significant,” said Gary Shapiro, head of the Consumer Electronics Association, which organises the show. “They are positioning themselves as a tech company rather than a car company.”

It is on the show’s extensive floors that most surprises are likely. With more than 2,500 exhibitors and acres of floor space, weird and wonderful ideas have plenty of room to thrive. Exploding on the scene this year are tablet computers – touchscreen devices pitched between a laptop and a mobile phone. With Apple – which is not at CES itself – set to make an announcement later this month, rivals are hoping they can break into the market. Among these is Freescale, a US company which has announceda machine combining tablet and smartbook features. “We believe the tablet will emerge as a popular form factor for the next generation of smartbooks,” said Henri Richard of Freescale


Broadcom BCM2763 1080p-capable media processor and Persona IP DVR chipset launched


Broadcom have outed a number of new chips, including a new 1080p-capable multimedia processor and an IP platform intended to add 3D graphics and multimedia capabilities to DVRs and set-top boxes.  The Broadcom BCM2763 VideoCore IV Processor is a 40nm chip that can process up to 20-megapixel images and 1-gigapixel 2D/3D graphics rendering, along with outputting Full HD 1080p via HDMI.  Meanwhile the Broadcom Persona platform couples a BCM11211 comms processor and BCM11181 multimedia processor, and supports streaming content, complex GUIs and integration with the company’s various wireless and wired networking components.


The BCM2763 actually packages together the functionality of eight chips, including GPU
and graphics memory, image signal processing (ISP) and ISP memory, video processing and video memory, HDMI and USB 2.0.  It also includes 128MB of LPDDR2 graphics memory, and actually uses 20 to 50-percent less power than Broadcom’s last-gen Videocore III chipset.  It’s also capable of supporting image stabilization, face and smile detection and panorama modes in devices with cameras.

The BCM2763 is currently sampling to manufacturers, though you shouldn’t expect to see it show up in devices any time soon; Broadcom don’t expect shipping products to include it until 2011.  No word on when the Persona platform will appear in shipping devices.

Press Release:

Broadcom Announces 1080p Multimedia Processor with Breakthrough Mobile Power-Performance

New Broadcom® BCM2763 VideoCore® IV Processor Features 1080p Video, 20 Megapixel Photos and 1 Gigapixel Graphics in an Ultra-Low Power 40 Nanometer Design

IRVINE, Calif., Dec 15, 2009 — Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced its next generation multimedia processor that delivers industry leading performance and lower power in the top multimedia categories for mobile devices. Using 40 nanometer (40nm) CMOS process technology, the new Broadcom® BCM2763 VideoCore® IV multimedia processor provides even higher integration, smaller footprint size and lower power consumption than 65nm designs.

With the higher integration and significant power savings from 40nm CMOS process technology, the BCM2763 multimedia processor features the most advanced mobile high definition (HD) camcorder and video playback, up to 20 megapixel digital camera and photo image processing, and 1 gigapixel 2D/3D graphics rendering for a world-class gaming experience. HD video, 3D games and high resolution 20 megapixel pictures can be displayed at top quality on full-sized HD televisions and monitors using an on-chip industry standard HDMI interface. Additionally, the BCM2763’s highly integrated architecture reduces bill-of-materials (BOM) cost to help drive sophisticated multimedia features into more affordable handsets.

Highlights/Key Facts:

– The breadth and quality of Internet multimedia content is rapidly
improving, with sites such as YouTube now supporting full HD 1080p video
sharing. Consumers are also increasingly using cell phones as their
primary digital camera and camcorder, which is driving demand for higher
resolution and more sophisticated image processing which is currently
only available on advanced standalone camcorders and cameras.
Additionally, newer graphics-oriented user interfaces and mobile games
now require enhanced graphics capabilities.
– The new Broadcom BCM2763 VideoCore IV multimedia processor enables
best-in-class performance in the following areas:
– Full HD 1080p camcorder capabilities in a cell phone with
significantly improved quality over current generation handsets
(which generally have VGA or lower resolution camcorders).
– Up to 20 megapixel digital camera with advanced features such as
multiple shots per second, image stabilization, face and smile
detection and panorama mode.
– The ability to render mobile games natively at up to 1080p
resolution, which in combination with an on-board HDMI output,
allows a console-quality gaming experience on large screen HDTVs.
– In addition to providing these capabilities on new handsets, the BCM2763
has improved power savings using a 40nm process without draining the
battery or significantly reducing talk time. Additional ultra-low power
consumption features include:
– 20% to 50% power reduction in comparison to the prior generation
Videocore III multimedia processor.
– 4 to 6 hours of 1080p video recording and 8 to 10 hours of mobile
playback, with up to 16 hours of full HD playback over HDMI given
sufficient handset storage.
– Only 490 mW of chip power is required for 1080p camcorder H.264 High
Profile encoding and only 160 mW for 1080p playback.
– Only 160 mW of power is required for mobile game graphics
processing, supporting up to 1 gigapixel per second fill rates and
improves graphics performance by a factor of 4x to 6x in comparison
to the prior generation Videocore III multimedia processor.
– The BCM2763 processor integrates the key functionality and components
needed to drive advanced multimedia capabilities in new handsets. As a
result of this high integration, the BCM2763 enables a lower overall BOM
cost, enabling manufacturers to pass these lower costs on and introduce
advanced features to lower tier phones than previously possible.
– The BCM2763 integrates the functions of eight chips including GPU
and graphics memory, image signal processing (ISP) and ISP memory,
video processing and video memory, HDMI and USB 2.0. 128MB of LPDDR2
graphics memory is stacked in a single package.
– The 40nm process enables reduced power, improved performance and
reduced handset board space.
– Benefiting from an existing VideoCore software code base and legacy
architecture, manufacturers of phones and other consumer electronics
devices can easily add these new VideoCore IV multimedia features to
their products, allowing faster time-to-market.
– The BCM2763 is currently sampling to early access customers (pricing
available upon request). Handsets utilizing this new 40nm VideoCore IV
multimedia processor technology are expected to reach the market in

Supporting Quotes:

Mark Casey, Vice President & General Manager, Broadcom’s Mobile Multimedia line of business.

“VideoCore IV is setting new benchmarks for performance, power consumption and affordability and is poised to drive advanced multimedia capabilities into new tiers of handsets. Supported by our comprehensive line of complementary cellular and connectivity solutions, our multimedia processor technology is the right choice for next generation mobile designs.”

Press Release:

Broadcom Announces Next Generation Persona™ IP Communications Platform

New Platform Enables ‘Always On, Always Connected’ Multimedia Consumer Devices for the Growing Connected Home Ecosystem

IRVINE, Calif., Dec 15, 2009 — Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced its next generation Persona™ Internet protocol (IP) communications platform for multimedia connected consumer devices. The Persona platform, consisting of the Broadcom® BCM11211 communications processor and the Broadcom BCM11181 multimedia processor, enables full-featured multimedia applications and advanced capabilities such as 3D graphics and a superior audio experience. By combining lifestyle benefits, such as home energy/automation control and monitoring, reliable high resolution video conferencing, and seamless digital video recorder (DVR) and set-top box (STB) integration into an always-on, always-connected platform, Broadcom is poised to supply products in the emerging connected home device (fourth screen) segment.

Highlights/Key Facts:

– According to ABI Research(1), as the digital home evolves and services
expand, the fourth screen market will slowly take shape. The features
available to the three screens (TV, PC, and mobile) are quickly melding
and ultimately will lead to a relatively homogenous ecosystem. As the
number of households with home networks grows, access to Internet
content and services will continue to expand.
– Broadcom is addressing the growing consumer demand for a connected home
network by enabling ‘always on, always connected’ IP communications
devices. This single portable device will act as an information,
communication and entertainment portal of the connected home,
proliferating into the much anticipated ‘fourth screen’.
– The key differentiator between next generation IP communications
connected devices and today’s products are the inclusion of lifestyle
benefits that allow for the sharing of information, communication and
entertainment. Broadcom enables the consumer to administer, control and
stream DVR and STB content directly to this device, providing a new
means for interacting with a DVR/STB, and allowing the device’s mobility
to be utilized anywhere within the home. With this approach,
information may be readily available, with access to online content as
well as high resolution and high quality video phone capabilities that
stay connected. Other examples of lifestyle benefits include:
– Information capabilities – (i.e. full web browser, widgets, digital
picture frame, STB menu browsing, home monitoring).
– Communication/Connectivity capabilities – (i.e. VoIP, Wi-Fi®, video
conferencing, Bluetooth®, GPS, location based services).
– Entertainment capabilities – (i.e. next generation remote control,
content portability, gaming).
– The new Persona consumer IP communications multimedia platform includes
the BCM11211 communications processor and the BCM11181 multimedia
processor featuring Broadcom’s proven core voice and applications
processing technology.
– The BCM11211 high performance RISC and DSP processor cores enable
advanced end user productivity applications such as rich GUI/web
browsers and multimedia content. Its advanced peripheral support
hosts SDIO for memory cards, dual USB ports to enable external media
devices, as well as PC connectivity. The BCM11211 seamlessly
connects to Broadcom’s industry-leading Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS
connectivity products, allowing OEMs to efficiently add
best-in-class wireless technologies and expanded functionality for
next generation wireless products.
– Designed for advanced mobile multimedia products, the BCM11181
multimedia processor is power-efficient and optimized for images,
video capture and playback, and 3D graphics.
– The Persona platform runs the Broadcom MediaxChange™ Linux®-based
software, which is the latest voice, video and multimedia version of the
field proven Broadcom PhonexChange™ software. Broadcom PhonexChange
is a flexible software platform used across all Broadcom IP phone
communication solutions, allowing customers to leverage a common
software code base across product portfolios, which in turn, minimizes
engineering development resources and time-to-market. It also includes
built-in support for Broadcom’s Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi solutions.
Broadcom MediaxChange optionally supports the Qt Applications
development framework or Google Android mobile operating system.
– The software suite includes Broadcom’s high fidelity SmartAudio® voice
enhancement technology. SmartAudio is based on Broadcom’s innovative
audio clarity technology that significantly improves audio quality over
IP networks. It includes the company’s high quality acoustic echo
cancellation, advanced jitter buffer, high definition voice speech
technologies and packet loss concealment (PLC) technology which
compensates for lost data packets while ensuring the delivery of clear
digital voice communications.

Supporting Quotes:

Martyn Humphries, Vice President & General Manager, Broadcom’s VoIP line of business

“Broadcom is dedicated to connecting everything and the introduction of our next generation Persona IP communications multimedia platform is a testament of that. The ability to enable always on, always connected devices for the home opens up the realm of possibility for the distribution and consumption of content, whether it be informative, communicative or for entertainment purposes. These next generation devices are going to change the way that consumers look at whole-home connectivity.”


Broadcom launches 1080p processor

broadcom-logoBroadcom have outed a number of new chips, including a new 1080p-capable multimedia processor and an IP platform intended to add 3D graphics and multimedia capabilities to DVRs and set-top boxes.  The Broadcom BCM2763 VideoCore IV Processor is a 40nm chip that can process up to 20-megapixel images and 1-gigapixel 2D/3D graphics rendering, along with outputting Full HD 1080p via HDMI.  Meanwhile the Broadcom Persona platform couples a BCM11211 comms processor and BCM11181 multimedia processor, and supports streaming content, complex GUIs and integration with the company’s various wireless and wired networking components.

The BCM2763 actually packages together the functionality of eight chips, including GPU
and graphics memory, image signal processing (ISP) and ISP memory, video processing and video memory, HDMI and USB 2.0.  It also includes 128MB of LPDDR2 graphics memory, and actually uses 20 to 50-percent less power than Broadcom’s last-gen Videocore III chipset.  It’s also capable of supporting image stabilization, face and smile detection and panorama modes in devices with cameras.

The BCM2763 is currently sampling to manufacturers, though you shouldn’t expect to see it show up in devices any time soon; Broadcom don’t expect shipping products to include it until 2011.  No word on when the Persona platform will appear in shipping devices.


ZiiLABS TRINITY Smartphone demos 1080p on a HDTV

As video demos go we’d have preferred to see a little bit more of the ZiiLABS TRINITY smartphone, but a brief splash of the ZMS-05 based handset outputting 1080p High Definition video is not something to be sniffed at.  While the current TRINITY reference design has a proprietary docking connector on the bottom, Creative have already said that it’s a simple matter to switch that to a mini HDMI and microUSB pair.


It looks like the demo model in this video is still using the docking connector, with some sort of dual-headed HDMI and power cable.  Still, the important thing is that Wall-E looks pretty darned impressive on an HDTV, and of course the ZMD-05 supports accelerated OpenGL ES 3D graphics so mobile gaming should be an interesting experience on the TRINITY too.

Unfortunately Creative are still refusing to do the sensible thing and greenlight a production version of the TRINITY that we can actually, you know, buy.  Instead they’re flaunting the handset to OEMs in the hope that someone will decide to build and sell it themselves.

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