Microwave Journal


December 21, 2005

The Heinrich-Hertz-Institute (HHI) of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Germany, has announced a wide-ranging partnership with ARC International that expands Fraunhofer's use of configurable processors to further the development and commercialization of consumer products based on Digital Video Broadcast-handheld (DVB-H) technology. The Digital Video Broadcasting Project is an industry-led consortium of over 250 broadcasters, manufacturers, network operators, software developers, regulatory bodies and others in over 35 countries committed to designing global DVB standards.

As part of this partnership, scientists at the Institute are using the low power, small-gate count ARC(tm) 625D core to develop DVB-H chipset intellectual property (IP) that will provide consumers with mobile access to high quality multimedia content. ARC will gain access to portions of the resulting DVB-H IP from the Fraunhofer Institute's R&D efforts.

"Configurable technology was a natural choice," said Dr Benno Stabernack, head of the embedded systems group at Fraunhofer HHI. "By adopting the ARC 625D processor core, our scientists will be able to quickly develop application-specific processors that meet the power consumption and performance needs of emerging multimedia applications for handheld appliances. This type of flexibility allows our designers to quickly adapt to evolving standards and customer requirements."