The advent of newer applications for specialized computing needs is warranting the development of more customized processing solutions that are stunning in their scope and capability. In a recent development, Japanese electronics giant Panasonic has revealed a new LSI (Large Scale Integration) based processor that is defying nearly all previous developments in the industry.
The new system is called UniPhier by Panasonic and is being currently utilized by the high-resolution televisions segment of Panasonic’s manufacturing division. One of the most favorable features of the UniPhier system is the relatively low power consumption displayed by the unit. It is expected that this particular feature, coupled with greater processing speed, will help fuel the spread of smart televisions. Panasonic plans to start shipping out samples by June 2011.
With the use of advanced electronics in the UniPhier system, Panasonic expects to come up with better UIs (User Interfaces) that enable greater functionality. Some of these would be the ability to enjoy two channels broadcasting at the same time, as well as accessing cyber domains via the television with relative ease—simultaneously. Not only that, all of this takes place in pure HD (high resolution) only, which predicts the success of the UniPhier system, since television and other media broadcasts are now moving toward a completely HD platform.
The improvements in performance brought in by this system are further compounded by greater processing speed and a reduced need for components in comparison to conventional television circuits. The reduction in cost achieved through these means is expected to make the UniPhier system a global success. Most notably, the electronics on the new chip display the following characteristics:
- The new chip has been modeled along the lines of Panasonic’s UniPhier system that has already established itself as robust and reliable processor for dealing with audio and visual content as well as dealing with other data processing applications such as network traffic. This will further aid in promoting this new chip as an auspicious solution for budding needs from the multimedia industry.
- At this point in time, UniPhier is utilizing the industry’s cutting edge of technology by employing a 1.4 GHz processor based on the dual core principle specifically the ARM Cortex A9 Dual processor. This ensures that for the moment nothing even comes close to UniPhier’s processing capabilities and therefore the chance for UniPhier to flourish in reduced competition.
- The UniPhier system has targeted in providing televisions with much awaited optimized components by providing a 3D graphics hard circuit that aids in supporting high-end graphics while also being complemented by independent audio and video codecs. This arrangement ensures that all the base and auxiliary requirements for a modern television application are present within the UniPhier architecture. Optimization within the power end of the new chip has enabled the reduction of power consumption by some 40%.
The superior performance features of the UniPhier system has been made possible through novel innovations that may even signal changing trends in the television industry. For one thing, new parallel processing architectures have been utilized in hardware and the software end has been augmented using open source code. Moreover, the use of such a highly rated processor is still a novel application even for the television industry that is already high end by design and competition. Based on the contentions listed above, it is only short time before the UniPhier system ends up as the new industry standard.