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NEC Electronics have announced the start of sample shipments of its newly developed chipset for mobile phones. The LSI AP131 accommodates music playing CPU and DSP on its board and adds support for WMV (ASF) and MP (MP4, M4A, 3GP, 3G2). The previous version of this product, the PD99910, had only support for SD-Audio (MP3, AAC) format. NEC is asking 1,000 yen per sample and plans to output one million chipsets per month in 2007.
NEC achieved a 15% power efficiency in the AP131 when compared with the similar offerings on the market and claims the non-stop playback time has increased to 60 hours from 50 hours on previous products. The AP131 seamlessly integrates with the handset baseband LSI without the need to make changes to baseband LSI. The AP131 product portfolio includes three processors based on their functionality: PD99911, PD99912, and PD99913. Source.
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