MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel and HSINCHU, Taiwan, Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader and Modiotek Co., Ltd., a fabless design house, today announced their joint development of Modiotek's next-generation DSP (digital signal processor) for a wireless camera companion dedicated to Smart TVs. TowerJazz's 0.13-micron CMOS process combined with Modiotek's technology leadership in DSP lays the foundation for rapid and cost-effective DSP product development and its reference design.
According to a study by DisplaySearch, shipments for Smart TVs are estimated to reach approximately 125 million units in 2014. The connected TV market is developing beyond mature regions like Western Europe and Japan into China, Latin America and North America. Since these emerging countries have excellent broadband infrastructure, the adoption of connected TV capabilities is a natural next step in TV feature innovation.
Modiotek's latest DSP – M90, leveraging TowerJazz's 0.13-micron CMOS process, integrates a low-power H.264 video encoder as well as all the functionalities dedicated to wireless camera applications. The M90-based reference system design is an innovative product concept. As Smart TV consumers demand slimmer solutions, there is almost no room for a camera module on the TV. As such, a wireless camera companion can be the best alternative so that Smart TVs can keep the camera-related applications like video phone, gesture control, and gaming. This type of concept has drawn major worldwide TV manufacturers' attention and it is believed Smart TVs shall all be equipped with such wireless camera peripheral in the coming years.Modiotek launched the world's first DSP-based reference design for Smart TV remote controls in 2010 and has continued to develop and mass-produce DSPs with varieties of remote control reference system designs since then. Compared to MCUs which are fully on or off, Modiotek DSPs are configurable, so inherently they can achieve superior performance in remote control and wireless voice communication with lower power consumption. Also the remote control reference system designs based on Modiotek DSPs can utilize various wireless technologies, such as 2.4GHz RF, Bluetooth 2.1, and Bluetooth 4.0 by the end of 2012. Most importantly, customers can differentiate their applications by leveraging the flexibility of Modiotek DSPs. Digital allows them to custom configure the IC to best fit their application while maximizing system performance, minimizing system power and reducing system cost.