EE Times writes Renesas has begun sampling the SH-Mobile APE4 processor, this chip for mobile phones and mobile devices is based on the ARM Cortex-A8 design. It is made on a 45nm process and can run at clockspeeds of over 1GHz.
It includes the ability to process 1080 progressive-scan high-definition video recording and playback at 30 frames per second. To support 3-D graphics the device is equipped with a PowerVR SGX2 graphics engine, licensed from Imagination Technologies Group plc. The SH-Mobile APE4 also incorporates an audio subsystem that enables more than 100 hours of audio playback on a standard mobile phone battery.
For design flexibility and reduced system bill of materials, the SH-Mobile APE4 includes two USB 2.0 Host/Function modules, three SD host controllers with support and a 24-bit TFT color LCD controller supporting up to WXGA+ display sizes. Furthermore a PAL/NTSC encoder and an HDMI transmitter are integrated.