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Multi-core will put 3D graphics on the dashboard

Freescale Semiconductor’s multi-core system-on-chip (SoC) processor for 3D graphics on the car dashboard combines a Power core with a PowerVR graphics core designed by UK firm Imagination Technologies. But the chip will also provide audio functions such as noise cancellation and voice recognition for dashboard control.

A programmable 32-bit Risc-based multimedia acceleration core is designed to support compressed audio formats, such as MP3, AAC, WMA and Ogg Vorbis, and will support real-time applications. The Power Architecture-based MPC5121e device combines the e300 core with the PowerVR MBX Lite 2D/3D graphics core, which supports 3D texturing and shading and includes the PowerVR Vertex Geometry processor (VGP Lite) for high-performance vector processing.

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