STMicroelectronics has announced a strategic license agreement with AMD to
deliver next-generation graphics technology for mobile multimedia devices. ST
has licensed AMD’s OpenGL ES 2.0 compliant 3D and OpenVG 1.0 vector graphics
core engine and related software. R&D teams from AMD and ST will work closely
together to integrate AMD’s unified shader-based technology into Nomadik devices
for the next generation of high-end feature phones, smartphones and other
portable multimedia devices. The combination of Nomadik and AMD graphic
technology is expected to considerably improve image quality while delivering
industry-leading battery life.

“A thorough benchmarking study by ST confirmed that AMD has best-in-class
hardware-accelerated technology, with game console quality and high-performance
vector graphics capabilities for the user interface and other applications such
as GPS,” said Jyrki Hannikainen, general manager of ST’s Application Processor
Division. “Combining this with the proven strengths of our Nomadik platform
results in an exciting synergy that will bring tremendous benefits to the
mobile-phone industry, which is demanding increasingly sophisticated graphics
capabilities.”

STMicroelectronics has announced a strategic license agreement with Advanced
Micro Devices to deliver next-generation graphics technology for mobile
multimedia devices. The licensing agreement will combine ST’s award-winning
NomadikTM platform with the 3D graphics core technology from AMD’s Handheld
Division, formerly part of ATI Technologies. The resulting platform will deliver
best-in-class solutions for mobile gaming and user interface applications from
two of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers.

Mobile phones are advancing in functionality at a rate three times that of PCs,
and future high-end phones will incorporate high-quality 2D graphics and
visually rich 3D applications such as gaming. Technology advancements in
reducing power consumption while delivering stunning performance levels means
that the quality of mobile graphics experiences are no longer limited by the
processing capacity of the device platform. This not only helps manufacturers to
deliver mobile devices with graphics that are on par with PCs and gaming
consoles, but also empowers content developers to more quickly adapt
applications to the mobile platform, thereby realizing their innovative visions
in the world of mobile applications.

ST has licensed AMD’s OpenGL ES 2.0 compliant 3D and OpenVG 1.0 vector graphics
core engine and related software. R&D teams from AMD and ST will work closely
together to integrate AMD’s unified shader-based technology into Nomadik devices
for the next generation of high-end feature phones, smartphones and other
portable multimedia devices. The combination of Nomadik and AMD graphic
technology is expected to considerably improve image quality while delivering
industry-leading battery life.

“A thorough benchmarking study by ST confirmed that AMD has best-in-class
hardware-accelerated technology, with game console quality and high-performance
vector graphics capabilities for the user interface and other applications such
as GPS,” said Jyrki Hannikainen, general manager of ST’s Application Processor
Division. “Combining this with the proven strengths of our Nomadik platform
results in an exciting synergy that will bring tremendous benefits to the
mobile-phone industry, which is demanding increasingly sophisticated graphics
capabilities.”

The addition of this AMD hardware-acceleration technology to Nomadik platforms
will allow 2D and 3D applications the ability to offer consumers a rich visual
component that is a better and more intuitive experience. Thanks to its
distributed architecture and complementary multimedia accelerators, Nomadik will
be able to devote more of its computing power to processing game program logic
and delivering best-in-class video and rich audio content,. This will allow
developers and applications providers to implement more complex game play,
similar to features found on high-end PCs and game consoles; and improve
artificial intelligence.

“In addition to bringing more visually rich video game console-quality graphics
to the mobile arena with the lower power required for handheld devices, this
strategic relationship around Nomadik is also intended to deliver additional
features and functionality for next-generation operating systems for handheld
devices,” said Paul Dal Santo, vice president and general manager of AMD’s
Handheld Division. “We are pleased that ST has chosen AMD graphics technology to
enhance their Nomadik platform and we look forward to working closely with ST to
deliver greater usability to developers and value-added 3D and vector graphics
to their customers.”

ST’s Nomadik mobile multimedia processors harness a multi-core distributed
architecture, to deliver superior video, audio and graphics, reduced power
consumption and simplified software development for products such as smartphones,
multimedia feature phones, personal digital assistants (PDA), Internet
appliances and car entertainment systems.