SEOUL--Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today said it has begun production of a highly-integrated MP3 chip for portable audio players, packing a digital signal processor, microcontroller, and 128-kilobytes of flash memory on a single die.
The new CalmRISC for Portable Audio Devices (C-PAD) operates on 76 mW, which will enable batteries in systems to operate 27% longer that typical MP3 players, according to Samsung. The C-PAD chip is expected to enter mass production by April, the company said.
Samsung said it believes global sales of MP3 players are skyrocketing at 260% a year from 700,000 units in 1999 to a projected 30 million devices by 2002. Samsung said creating its own MP3 core component will enable it to become more competitive in the player market, saving the company $30 million in import costs by 2002.
"Samsung is currently finding ways to improve the competitiveness of our digital products by leveraging our strength in semiconductors," declared Hyung-Lae Roh, vice president of the company's LSI Division. "We have already developed a one-chip solution for CD players and chip sets for DVD players and digital TVs."