WonderMedia, a subsidiary of VIA Technologies, designs low-cost ARM processors. Like many chip designers such as NVIDIA, they do not have their own fabrication capabilities. Still, companies such as TSMC are almost always happy to fulfill orders for interested parties.
While the majority of CES hype is about the devices, they would literally be pretty dumb without logic behind them. WonderMedia is hoping to power your cheap tablets and set top boxes and in the process bring them up to Android 4.2. The System on a Chip (SoC) also supports Miracast in hopes to bring wireless display technologies down to an even cheaper price point.
The PRIZM WM8980 is currently available for sampling with mass production shipments in Q1 2013.
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WonderMedia Announces Dual Core PRIZM WM8980 Platform with Android 4.2 Support
Power-efficient, high-performance dual core ARM Cortex-A9 SoC platform with integrated MiracastTM wireless display technology
Taipei, Taiwan, 9th January 2013 – WonderMedia Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of energy-efficient, feature-rich system-on-chip platforms, today announced the WonderMedia PRIZM WM8980 SoC. Combining a highly energy-efficient dual core ARM Cortex-A9 core running at 1.2GHz with advanced graphics and stunning 1080p video playback capabilities, the WonderMedia PRIZM WM8980 supports the latest version of Android 4.2 and is optimized for innovative tablet applications for mobile, digital home and business applications.
The next generation WonderMedia PRIZM WM8980 platform features seamless integration of the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast standard into the WonderMedia SmartStream for support of DMR (Digital Media Renderer) and wireless display functionalities over standard compliant and legacy WiFi direct and WiFi devices in both embedded and Android environments. With its high-performance, and feature-rich design, the WM8980 is also optimized for a wide range of innovative system design applications, including tablets, Smart TV, SmartStream for wireless display and multimedia streaming, networked projectors, digital signage, and thin clients.
"Our line of PRIZM platforms has spurred the explosive growth in the Android media tablet market," commented Tzumu Lin, President and CEO, WonderMedia Technologies, Inc. "The new WM8980 delivers greater computing power and richer multimedia experiences to meet the ever growing global demand for affordable Android tablets and other smart devices.”
PRIZM WM8980 Highlights:
- 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 Dual-Core processor
- ARM Mali-400 Dual-Processor GPU
- Multi-standard 1080p video decoding engine
- H.264 video encoding
- DDR3/LPDDR2 SDRAM interface
- Multiple video interface including HDMI, LVDS, DVI and DVO up to 1920×1080 @60Hz
- Flexible networking and peripheral interface
- Advanced hardware security engine
- Android 4.1/4.2 and above, Embedded Linux and Windows CE7
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WonderMedia PRIZM WM8980 Availability
The WonderMedia PRIZM WM8980 platform is sampling now and is scheduled for volume shipments in the first quarter of 2013.
About WonderMedia Technologies, Inc.
WonderMedia is a leading fabless SoC company that develops sophisticated, feature-rich solutions for today's fast-emerging networked multimedia applications. With advanced audio, video, networking and connectivity technologies, the highly power-efficient WonderMedia PRIZM platform enables innovative and compact web-centric devices for the converging cloud computing, communications and content environment.
Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, with strong support teams in Shenzhen, Beijing and Silicon Valley, WonderMedia's business strategy builds on its rich experience in technology and open-system platform development to help its customers build innovative, unique and affordable multimedia systems. www.wondermedia.com.tw