Panasonic has developed the world’s first Blu-ray Disc (BD) player-specific single-chip signal processing LSI, in response to the latest BD standards. This LSI combines a front end to read the signal from the BD, and a back end to convert this into AV data.
By using this product, numbered MN2WS006, Panasonic will be able to realize smaller sizes and lower power consumption in BD players compatible with the latest BD standards.
This product includes functions like as dual-screen simultaneous video playback, high-quality audio playback, and network compatibility achieved on a single chip. Multi-standard video decoding technology enables video playback for BD, DVD, and CD media, and standards including MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and VC-1, and a high-performance and high-speed graphics engine technology which enables not only 2D graphic processing but also 3D graphic processing or curved surface drawing.
Unified memory architecture technology reduces about 45% of major semiconductor parts (including external memories) together with integration of LSIs into a single chip using 45-nanometer process technology.
New-generation UniPhier platform technology makes it possible to reuse the 75% of software assets of BD recorder, and enabling us to improve our development efficiency by three times as a result of concentrated development for function improvement only
The creation of a single chip for the signal processing system, through use of cutting-edge microprocessing, allows for 50% reduction in mounting surface area and 25% reduction in power consumption, compared to current Panasonic products.
Up to now, in order to construct BD players with conventional BD LSI, separate front end and back end LSI were required, in addition to seven external memory chips. Since the BD market is now expected to grow rapidly, it was necessary to rationalize the signal processing components in order to realize better functionality and appeal to the hot-selling zone of LSIs.
Samples of this LSI will begin shipping in June 2008.