LONDON – Toumaz Technology Ltd., a
supplier of wireless ICs for medical and consumer applications, has launched the
TZ1090 chip otherwise known as Xenif. The chip is based on a 400-MHz Meta 32-bit
dual-threaded processor and provides Wi-Fi and DAB baseband processing for DAB radios, photo
frames and other internet-connected consumer devices as well as numerous peripheral connections
The device includes dual UCCP
communications processors from the Ensigma division of Imagination Technologies
Group plc (Kings Langley, England); support for 802.11a/b/g,
DAB+/DAB/T-DMB, and FM with RDS, The chip includes a 2-D graphics accelerator
and display controller to support a colour WVGA panel.
The chip is designed to be implemented in 65-nm CMOS
process from GlobalFoundries Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) and consumes in region of
200 to 250-milliwatts, depending on what applications are running, according to
Noel Hurley, COO of Toumaz (Abingdon, England).
The Xenif SoC integrates many peripherals include an
integrated display processor with 2D acceleration, SD card interface, USB2.0
OTG, I2C, I2S, SPI, UART, Audio line in and out as well as integrated headphone
The Xenif device complements the Fenix DAB+/DAB/FM
CMOS RF chip that Toumaz acquired as part of its purchase of Taiwan-based
Future Waves in May 2009. The TZ1090 Xenif was designed in Taiwan and will be
available as engineering samples at the end of October 2010, with production
devices available in Q1 2011, the company said. Volume pricing was not given.
Pure, the DAB radio subsidiary of Imagination, is set
to use the Xenif device in several of its forthcoming connected audio products,
due for launch over the next six to nine months. “We believe that consumer
devices that can deliver broadcast radio together with web-based media and
content using Wi-Fi will open up significant new opportunities and markets. We
see the Xenif SOC as a major step forward in delivering these capabilities in
new and exciting form factors and price points,” said Paul Smith, general
manager of Pure, in a statement issued by Toumaz.
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