I’d imagine that not everyone is enjoying full HD television in their homes yet, but that hasn’t stopped Renesas from developing a mobile phone video processor that can handle full 1080p high-definition video. Yes, you may soon be able to enjoy the equivalent of a Blu-ray movie right on your cell phone.
It’s not like cell phones are not capable of this kind of resolution, as demonstrated by devices like the HTC Touch HD. That’s still not quite 1920 x 1080, but phones like that are a far cry from the QVGA displays that we’ve been experiencing for some time now. I don’t think there is a current cell phone that does 1920 x 1080 pixels yet, but it’s probably just around the corner.
In this way, you could say that Renesas is jumping the gun a little by creating such a processor, but I’m thinking that the first true HD mobile phone will want the ability play true HD video right out of the box. The Renasas application processor for mobile phones will handle 1080p at 30fps and the processor will be on display at ISSCC 2009 in San Francisco. That’s from February 8 to 12, 2009.
For the more technically inclined, the Renasas chip measures 6.4 x 6.5mm, is manufactured using 65nm CMOS technology, and its CPU core maxes out at 500MHz. It will support MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 video formats. The full HDTV video will be processed in real time via the 166MHz 64-bit DDR-SDRAM.