Broadcom chooses ARM Cortex R4 processor for Blu-ray player chips
ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMH)] today announced that Broadcom Corporation has chosen the ARM® Cortex™-R4 processor for use in its future Blu-ray player chips. The Cortex-R4 processor offers a unique blend of performance, real-time response and power efficiency, enabling highly cost-effective implementations for Blu-ray players with the highest level of user-responsiveness, quick scene location and reliable playback. The Cortex-R4 processor has been designed for low power and supports complete power down when the player is in standby mode.
A comprehensive software ecosystem supports the Cortex-R4 processor and the portability of this software is made easy by theconsistent ARM Instruction Set Architecture (ISA), enabling a smooth software migration path from the ARM7TDMI® processor-based solution.
“We expect that the Cortex-R4 processor used in our next-generation designs will enable Broadcom to provide high -performance, cost-effective and low-power solutions for manufacturers looking to develop Blu-ray players,” said Dan Marotta, senior vice president and general manager of Broadcom’s Broadband Communications Group. “Reducing prices while providing increasingly high-quality, low-power products is crucial to the growth of next-generation Blu-ray devices.”
“This latest agreement further strengthens ARM’s position in next-generation converged home equipment for the consumer market,” said Mike Inglis, executive vice president and general manager of the Processor Division, ARM. “As Blu-ray players prepare for mass market expansion, OEMs need the flexibility to reduce costs while enhancing feature sets and usability. The ARM Cortex-R4 processor helps enable this by providing access to the industry’s widest range of ARM architecture-based software and tools through the ARM Connected Community™”.
The Cortex-R4 processor is the first deeply embedded processor to be based on the ARMv7 architecture and is targeted at very high volume, deeply embedded applications. The processor provides key savings in cost and power consumption for system developers, offering substantially higher performance than any other processor with similar die size.
One of the key benefits of the Cortex-R4 processor is its “Dormant” mode where the Tightly Coupled Memories (TCM) and Caches are powered while the rest of the processor is switched off. The Cortex-R4 processor also supports substantial synthesis time configurability that enables designers to match the processor precisely to the application requirements.