TAIPEI, Taiwan Hoping to benefit from the popularity of digital music, Faraday Technology Corp. is rolling out system-on-chip platforms for portable MP3/WMA audio players. The first is the FIE7005 platform for MP3 audio players based on flash memory.
The FIE7005 uses the embedded 1T8051 and dual audio DSP processors to handle the ADPCM codec, MP3 decode, and WMA decode. It also includes a range of IP blocks from Faraday, such as USB2.0, AD/DA, DC-DC, and battery detector. A software design kit is also included.
Faraday emphasized the low power aspects of the platform, saying that even with LCD and headphone power consumption, it can play MP3 or WMA songs for more than 20 hours on a single battery.
Market researcher iSuppli Corp. has predicted that the market for MP3 players will grow to 131 million units by 2009, more than double the size of this year’s sales. Flash-based players will be about two-thirds of the market, and have a compound annual growth of 22.9 percent from 2003 to 2009.
But hard disk drive-based players will also do well, according to iSuppli, with 56 million units sold in 2009, up from 17 million this year. So Faraday said it would follow-up its flash-based platform with the FIE7010 audio platform for portable hard-disk players. Based on its proprietary FA510 MPU, the FIE7010 will support a wide range of algorithms, including MP3 encoder/decoder, WMA v9 decoder, AAC decoder, and Windows DRM10.
The company also has a “low-power” offering in the works, the FIE7020, based on a 0.13-micron manufacturing process from UMC, and that is due to be released in the second quarter of 2006.