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Rockchip, SMIC make 65-nm consumer SoC

November 30, 2010 // Peter Clarke

Rockchip, SMIC make 65-nm consumer SoC

Fabless chip company Fuzhou Rockchip Electronics Co. Ltd. has started commercial production of a mixed-signal ARM9-based consumer processor using a 65-nm CMOS process from Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp.

The RK Cayman IC includes ARM9 and DSP dual-core processors as well as numerous peripheral support circuits, including an electrophoretic display driver, and is targeted for use in MP3, MP4, e-book reader, and other digital consumer product markets, SMIC said.

The chip can support a variety of electrophoretic displays and various formats of 720-line progressive scan video playback. The chip makes use of Synopsys' USB PHY, PHY I/O and USB 2.0 intellectual property and features an OTG (On-The-Go) function in support of data exchange.

"The chip also supports CMMB, ISDB, mobile TV and other multimedia features. The camera interfaces also enable video and photo capabilities," said Feng Cheng, vice president of Rockchip (Fuzhou, China), in a statement issued by SMIC (Shanghai, China).

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