GENEVA -- DataPlay Inc. has chosen STMicroelectronics' system-on-chip technology to power its micro-optical engines for DataPlay miniature optical media disks, used with digital music players, electronic books, digital cameras and portable games.
The new chip, which contains more than 7 million transistors, includes an application-specific digital signal processor (DSP) core and an ST10 16-bit microcontroller, plus analog and digital hardware blocks for read channel and servo functions, as well as some functional blocks designed by DataPlay.
``Leveraging ST's traditional strengths in the data storage and consumer electronics sectors, we have designed a system-on-chip solution that enables DataPlay to meet exacting size, cost and consumption constraints,'' commented Aldo Romano, corporate vice president and general manager of STMicro's Telecommunications and Peripherals/Automotive Groups.
Designed for 0.25-micron CMOS technology, the device will be packaged in a 233-lead TFBGA package.
ST plans to deliver samples and prototype quantities of the chip to DataPlay in 2000, with volume production scheduled to begin in early 2001.
To create its the drive system, DataPlay, of Boulder, Colo., used an STMicro development platform optimized for the creation of system-on-chip solutions for optical disk applications. The same platform is also used by DataPlay to develop solutions for DVD drives.
DataPlay disks are miniature optical media designed to record and permanently store large amounts of content, including that downloaded from the Internet, prerecorded or created by consumers.