RISC Processor IC suits real-time display applications.

Press Release Summary:

Integrating 240 MHz, 64-bit, MIPS-based(TM) TX49/H3 RISC CPU with display controller and hardware graphics accelerators in single system-on-chip, Model TX4961XBG-240 is suited for driver information systems, car infotainment systems, and car navigation systems. It includes on-board DDR SDRAM controller, unified memory architecture, and multiple on-chip buses. Housed in 456-pin PBGA, IC also incorporates video frame grabber, 10-bit ADC, and 16-bit PWM outputs.

Original Press Release:

Toshiba Announces Availability of Highly Integrated RISC and Graphics Controller for Automotive and Other Real-Time Display Applications

New device offers reduced component count with increased reliability for applications that combine general-purpose computing with real-time graphics displays

SAN JOSE, Calif., Embedded Systems Conference, April 3 / / -- Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)* today announced the availability of a 64-bit RISC processor with integrated graphics and display controller designed for applications that combine general-purpose computing with real-time graphics displays, including driver information systems, car infotainment systems and car navigation systems. Designated TX4961XBG-240, the IC expands Toshiba's portfolio of semiconductor products for automotive applications. It integrates a TX49/H3 64-bit MIPS-based(TM) RISC CPU with a display controller and hardware graphics accelerators in a single system-on-a- chip (SoC). TAEC will be displaying the SoC in booth #1510 at the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley 2006 here this week.

"The TX4961XBG-240 is Toshiba's first TX49-based product to combine a 64- bit CPU and a graphics display controller with a 2D hardware graphics accelerator and video frame grabber. By offloading the graphics, display and video functions to dedicated hardware, the full power of the processor is available for application-specific processing," said Shardul Kazi, vice president of the ASSP Business Unit at Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. "The TX4961XBG-240 offers a high-throughput, cost-effective and reliable system design that is optimized for automotive dashboard displays that combine an instrumentation display with navigation information and video. It is also well-suited for numerous other applications that require the high-quality display of real-time data."

The TX4961XBG-240 features an on-board DDR SDRAM controller, unified memory architecture and multiple on-chip buses that ensure that each on-chip subsystem has sufficient memory bandwidth. The TX4961XBG-240 also incorporates a video frame grabber, AC-Link and I2C controllers, various timers and high-speed serial ports, 10-bit ADC, 16-bit PWM outputs, GPIO ports and CANbus and Media-LB interfaces with DMA, interrupt, external bus and NAND Flash controllers.

Highlights of the TX4961XBG-240 include the following:
o 64-bit TX49/H3 MIPS RISC CPU that runs a large code base
o Core operates at 240MHz
o Integrates 16KB instruction cache and 16KB data cache
o Operates in automotive/industrial temperature range of -40 degrees C to 85 degrees C ambient temperature
o Features 24-bit true color pixels with 8-bit alpha blending on all operations to enable very high quality displays
o Has a graphics scheduler that offloads the CPU by reading display list commands directly from memory and dispatching operations to the hardware acceleration engines
o Incorporates a 5-layer graphics architecture that eases the task of managing overlays
o Has engines providing hardware acceleration for flexible transformation operations, for rotation and scaling operations, and for line and triangle drawing operations
o Has a blitting engine that can perform font expansion and scaling
o Has ADC and PWM outputs to control LCD brightness and contrast
o Housed in a 456-pin PBGA with a 1mm ball pitch

Pricing and Availability
Samples are currently available and volume production is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2006. The device is priced at $40.00 each in 10,000-piece quantities.

The RBTX4961 reference board is also available.

For a product brief, please visit: http://www.toshiba.com/taec/components/docs/ProdBrief/06C05_TX4961_ProdBrief.pdf

About Toshiba Automotive Semiconductor Solutions
Toshiba is a leading provider of semiconductor solutions to the automotive industry and ranks among the top five semiconductor suppliers worldwide (source: Gartner Dataquest, 2005). Its products enable the automobile to become an integral part of the owner's digital world. Combining dedicated automotive expertise with Toshiba consumer and networking knowledge creates high-quality, leading-edge solutions that meet the needs of worldwide automobile manufacturers. Through engineering innovation, new products are being developed and deployed in the automotive sectors of entertainment/ information, body/chassis and safety/security. In each sector, solutions are offered that deliver the highest levels of integration, increased functionality and proven quality. Whether it's CD-MP3 chips that support popular compression and sound field formats, RF transceivers/receivers with the industry's best sensitivity, high-fidelity audio power amplifiers or integrated RISC and CISC processors, Toshiba system-level solutions reduce costs, design cycles and enhance reliability. For more information, please visit: automotive.toshiba.com.

*About TAEC
Combining quality and flexibility with design engineering expertise, TAEC brings a breadth of advanced, next-generation technologies to its customers. This broad offering includes memory and flash memory-based storage solutions, a broad range of discrete devices, displays, medical tubes, ASICs, custom SOCs, microprocessors, microcontrollers and wireless components for the computing, wireless, networking, automotive and digital consumer markets.

TAEC is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corp. (Toshiba), Japan's second largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world's ninth largest integrated manufacturer of electric and electronic equipment. In almost 130 years of operation, Toshiba has recorded numerous firsts and made many valuable contributions to technology and society. For additional company and product information, please visit TAEC's website at chips.toshiba.com. For technical inquiries, please e-mail Tech.Questions@taec.toshiba.com.

Deborah Chalmers of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., +1-408-526-2454,

Web site: http://www.toshiba.com/taec

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