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Oct 10, 2007
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Panasonic starts to sell a New-generation UniPhier System LSI

- High-performance, low-power LSI leads the ubiquitous network society -


New-generation UniPhier(R) system LSI(PH1-ProII)(103KB)

Osaka, Japan - Panasonic, the leading brand by which Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is known, starts sample shipment of a new-generation UniPhier® system LSI (PH1-ProII = nickname, MN2WS0038) from October 2007, in which next-generation AV data compression/decompression (codec) technology is applied to UniPhier®, Panasonic's original digital consumer electronics integration platform.

The new-generation UniPhier® uses the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, a next-generation codec. It can compress full-HD large image data down to one third to half that of the conventional methods while keeping high level definition. It also extends the recordable time significantly for the same media, and can realize smooth image data communication.

To mount the next-generation codec on a system LSI, more elements than before must be formed on a limited space; actually 250 million transistors are integrated onto a single chip.
In addition, it is vital to keep the power consumption within a limited range when the number of elements increases. Sample shipment of the new-generation UniPhier® system LSI is made possible through a 45-nm process technology for much higher integration density than before.

Features:

  1. Smooth image data communication can be realized, and this has been achieved by employing multi decoding technology, which is capable of simultaneously processing two large screens of high picture quality and full-HD, and MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 encoding technology, which compresses a full-HD image into 1/2 to 1/3 its original size compared with the conventional technology.
  2. Advanced user interface and easy connectivity to digital electronics, realized by high-performance 3D graphics processing technology and symmetry-type multiprocessor technology.
  3. Compactness and low power consumption realized by utilizing system LSI design technology that allows integration of 250 million transistors onto an LSI chip and 45-nm semiconductor micro processing technology.
  4. Start of sample shipments: October 2007
    Price of sample: Depends on quantity

About Panasonic

Best known for its Panasonic brand name, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the Company recorded consolidated net sales of US$77.19 billion for the year ended March 31, 2007. The Company's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE:MC) stock exchanges. For more information on the Company and the Panasonic brand, visit the Company's website at http://panasonic.net/.


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