Evaluation Board For MPEG-2 Decoder

Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe has revealed its brand new MPEG2 decoder with embedded SDRAM The device was developed at the Multimedia Development Centre located in Frankfurt, Germany.

The MB87P2030 device offers 20 MB of embedded SDRAM and two 32 bit RISC processors each running at 108MHz. The new MPEG2 device, designed in 0.25 micron technology, features two independent transport stream inputs. By separating the data flow for MPEG data and the graphics system, it is possible to achieve features like up to 8 true-colour graphic layers without sacrificing MPEG decoding bandwidth. It’s high integration allows Set Top Box designs with less external components, in actual fact a basic system could run without external memory.

In addition to a 32 bit memory interface, a direct IDE interface and 128Mbyte of address space are provided. The chip supports all standard memory technologies available on the market as well as many kinds of integrated peripheral interfaces (USB, RS232, Smart Card, high speed data port, etc.).

Flexible video resizing (1/8 to 2) is also supported, allowing the picture to be re-scaled. An on-chip Dual Pal/NTSC encoder allows video outputs with and without OSD. This feature enables OSD data on the TV screen while recording of a program can be done simultaneously without disturbing OSD data.

This innovative device is primarily aimed at manufacturers of Set Top Boxes and Digital TV, as well as Car Entertainment and Navigation systems. It is now possible to target the entire market with this one device, as the new decoder will help to bring the overall cost of a system down for the free-to-air market, while in the high end market the device offers the perfect solution due to its flexibility.

The second in a projected family of MPEG2 decoders developed in the European Multimedia Development centre, the MB87P2030 complements, rather than replaces, the existing MPEG device.

The MPEG2 device is housed in a 208 pin cost efficient Quad Flat Pack package. Engineering samples are expected by the end of Q3/2000, and volume production quantities will be available in Q1/2001.