Samsung Selects RMI Processor for 'LED TV Couple' Product Family

Friday, September 4th, 2009 
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RMI® Ultra Low-Power Processors Deliver Best-in-Class Video, Audio and Graphics Processing Performance and Power to Enable Samsung’s New LED TV Couple Multi-Media Experience

CUPERTINO, Calif. — RMI Corporation, a leading provider of high-performance processors for networking, communications, data center, security, storage and media-rich applications, today announced that its Au1250® Ultra Low-Power processor product line has been selected by Samsung Electronics, a global leader in high-tech electronics and digital media, for Samsung’s revolutionary LED TV Couple product family, which was introduced this week at the IFA event in Berlin Germany. Samsung’s new LED TV Couple offers consumers a first-of-its-kind multi-media experience of being able to watch two separate channels of high-quality video on a primary digital TV set as well as on a remote portable LED TV Couple device simultaneously. The remote portable LED TV Couple device features a 7″ screen and integrated high-speed 802.11n Wi-Fi for ubiquitous streaming throughout the home. The LED TV Couple also allows users to access multimedia content on the Internet or on local PCs and storage devices within the home through the integrated PC Content Sharing technology.

RMI’s Ultra Low-Power processor has been selected by Samsung due to its unmatched performance in high-quality video, audio and graphics processing while consuming only half the power of competitive solutions. The unique combination of RMI’s best-in-class processing performance and energy efficiency has enabled Samsung to deliver the portability, networked connectivity and uncompromised rich-media experience required for its new LED TV Couple product family.

“Through our collaboration with RMI, Samsung Electronics has now created the world’s premier LED TV Couple product which redefines the TV watching experience in the home,” said Suk-sun Lee, vice president at Samsung Electronics. “We have been very impressed with RMI’s Ultra Low-Power processors as they offer the ultimate processing performance at extremely low power consumption for ultra portable networked applications.”

In addition to serving as a second TV within the home, Samsung’s LED TV Couple product features a digital photo frame, and doubles as a full-function, interactive Universal Remote Control for the primary digital TV set. The LED TV Couple supports interactive Electronic Programming Guide (iEPG), which provides users with a digital guide to scheduled terrestrial, satellite and cable TV broadcast television programs.

“We are very pleased to have expanded our broad relationship and collaboration with Samsung Electronics to now include Samsung’s new LED TV Couple product family,” said Mike Wodopian, vice president and general manager at RMI Corporation. “Our being selected by Samsung for its new high-profile LED TV Couple product family further strengthens our leadership position in high-performance, low-power processing, and is a testament to the superior feature set and functionality of our ultra low-power processor family.”

The low-power Au1250 processor leverages high levels of integration and very low power to achieve performance up to 700MHz. The Au1250 Processor also includes a best-in-class LCD controller with four graphics planes for 32-bit RGB, and a Media Acceleration Engine™ (MAE) for D1 video decoding of a wide variety of formats including MPEG1/2/4, WMV, Divx, Xvid, and H.264.