Philips Upgrades Its Mobile Processor, The Nexperia PNX4008

Philips Upgrades Its Mobile Processor, The Nexperia PNX4008


Philips has introduced a new version of their mobile processor chip they call the Nexperia. The Nexperia Mobile Multimedia Processor PNX4008 will take aim at the growing market for smartphones, providing them with better graphics, full frame rate video, and 3D graphics.

Where may we find the new chip in the future? Well, if you have owned a Sony Ericsson P800/P900/P910 which features Symbian OS, then you already have an older generation Nexperia chip. I’d expect to see the chip in more Ericsson phones in the future.

See press release below.

Royal Philips Electronics today announced the release of an advanced Nexperia Mobile Multimedia Processor PNX4008, targeted at the rapidly growing market for smartphones. The Nexperia processor provides sophisticated video, graphics, imaging, audio and security functions for feature-rich mobile handsets, enabling a wide range of applications for the Connected Consumer. Sony Ericsson, who already deployed previous Nexperia generations in its very successful P800/P900/P910 smartphone family using Symbian OS and UIQ user interface, has selected the PNX4008 for future Symbian OS phone products.

The PNX4008 is based on an ARM9 processor accelerated by dedicated, tightly integrated engines providing high-end multimedia functions for excellent power consumption and overall system performance. The video and imaging system from Philips delivers full frame rate video for record/playback and video telephony, an enhanced music/audio system from CEVA, extreme gaming using an advanced PowerVR 3D graphics engine from ARM and Imagination Technologies, and a complex security subsystem from Discretix.
“By introducing the Nexperia Mobile Multimedia Processor to the market, we enable leading-edge multimedia features for smartphones,” said Gert-Jan Kaat, senior vice president and general manager business unit Mobile Communications, Philips Semiconductors. “By deploying the PNX4008, a handset can become truly convergent, acting as a PDA, digital camera, camcorder, gaming console and MP3-player, with minimal power consumption.”