Intel’s Next Atom CE4200 SoC for Set-tops and Smart TVs to Include H.264 Encoding and 3D Support

Looks like the next generation Smart TVs are going to get a bunch smarter, or if anything… better looking. Intel is announcing the future “Groveland” Atom CE4200 SoC will boast H.264 encoding, 3D support, “sync-and-go” tech for portable devices, and power-saving technologies that can shut down parts of the chip when not in use. Fingers crossed that it will also be optimized to support the free, open-source video codec, WebM/VP8, at launch as well. [via]

Davis: Smart, Connected, Transformed Experiences
Discussing the important role the Intel Atom brand plays in delivering intelligent computing to connected devices everywhere, Davis outlined the complete Intel Atom processor line and how the company is delivering solutions based on Intel® architecture beyond the PC. Davis also emphasized how Intel Atom processor-based solutions can provide the ideal platform for Internet connectivity, intelligence, and ease of design with customer port of choice.

During his keynote, Davis launched “Tunnel Creek,” a new Intel® Atom™ E600 SoC processor series developed specifically for embedded applications such as in-vehicle infotainment systems for cars, smart grid devices and IP media phones. The SoC integrates additional capabilities onto the chip and features an open interconnect for added flexibility. Making it easier to design and customize with these new products, Vendors including OKI Semiconductor*, Realtek Semiconductor* and STMicroelectronics* will offer interconnect chipsets, and other companion silicon offerings from Dialog Semiconductor*and ROHM Co.* will regulate voltages and synchronize clocks, according to Davis.

Davis went on to unveil details of an upcoming new configurable Atom processor, codenamed “Stellarton.” The processor consists of the Atom E600 processor paired with an Altera* FPGA on a multi-chip package; which provides additional flexibility for customers who want to incorporate proprietary I/O or acceleration and enabling developers to differentiate their designs by reacting quickly to changing requirements
Davis also introduced the Intel® Atom™ processor CE4200, formerly codenamed “Groveland,” which is designed to help seamlessly integrate the Internet experience with TV.

The SoC includes 3-D support, H.264 high-definition encoding capability for usage models such as “sync-and-go” between networked consumer electronics and portable devices, and multiple input stream support to enable the design of cost-effective home gateway appliances. To help address regulatory requirements, the SoC features smart power management capabilities that automatically help to turn off parts of the chip when not in use. A software development kit and familiar tools for integrating applications is also available which OEMs can re-use across products, cutting development time. Davis announced ADB*, Samsung*, Sagemcom* and Technicolor* plan to build set-top boxes based on the new SoC.

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