A 500-MHz+ superpipelined TriMedia CPU core, which allows for simultaneous encode and decode of full D1 resolution MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 video, highlights the upgraded Nexperia processor. New instructions were added to Philips' CPU so it could handle H.264 encoding and decoding operations. Standard- to high-definition upconversion with advanced de-interlacing also was added to help deliver high-quality images. The chip supports decoding high-definition video formats, as well as Windows Media Video and DiVX.

Aside from the upgraded CPU core, the PNX1700 is functionally identical to its predecessor, the PNX1500. Yet by offering more than double the compute throughput, the PNX1700 can power IP set-top boxes, digital media adapters, personal video recorders, videophones, and TVs. A complete development package, which includes a hardware reference design, a C compiler, a debugger, extensive software codecs, and application software, supports the chip.

Samples will be available in June. In large quantities, the PNX1700 costs $39 each.

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