AMD Imageon processors: Three new
Imageon 2298, 2294 and 2192 media
BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
December 22, 2006
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has
announced three new media chips to
meet the growing demand for advanced
multi-media features in mobile phones.
The AMD Imageon 2298, 2294 and 2192
processors, unveiled on Monday at the
GSM World Congress in Barcelona,
Spain, are designed with a number of
media-rich features, including
processing of images up to 12
megapixels, image stabilisation and
multi-channel audio playback.
AMD will be licensing the technology
to other chip manufacturers, including
STMicroelectronics, according to AMD
marketing director Andy Thompson.
The media processor is separate from
the phone’s core processor, enabling
manufacturers to introduce new
multimedia functions more quickly.
The separate architecture also helps
reduce power consumption for longer
device battery life.
The new media chips will support full
DVD resolutions or “five times what
was available in earlier generations,”
according to AMD product manager
Philippe Decotignie. “Consumers can
turn their phones into camcoders and
mobile TVs with a very high, very fast
resolution,” he said.
In addition, the chips will support
simultaneous audio and video encoding
and decoding, acoustic echo
cancellation and video stabilization.
Their TV output function allows
viewing of videos and photos on any TV
Several manufacturers of mobile phone
handsets are currently testing the new
AMD has supplied earlier-generation
media chips to a number of mobile
phone makers, including Motorola and