Toshiba to Launch World's Highest Performance 3D Graphics LSI for Mobile Phones

17 July, 2007

100mega polygon/second rendering surpasses performance of
handheld game consoles, will stimulate new software

TOKYO--Toshiba Corporation today announced a dedicated 3D graphics LSI that will add previously unseen levels of realism and excitement to games played on mobile phones. The new LSI, "TC35711XBG", can render 100 mega-polygons*1 a second, a performance that far surpasses that of current handheld game consoles. Samples of the new graphics LSI will be available from October.

Mobile phones now integrate larger, higher resolution displays, high spec baseband processors, and increasingly advanced system LSI, shaping an environment increasingly able to support complex software and games. However, the performance of graphics LSI has lagged that of overall system development, and current chips render images at only a few millions of polygons a second. This low level performance has held back development of complex games for mobile phones, add the porting to mobile phones of games developed for other platforms.

Toshiba's new chip integrates a new developed 3D graphics processor that achieves 38 times*2 the performance of existing products. Its extremely advanced capabilities open the way to further development of software applications of mobile phones. The new chip is also compatible with programmable shader*3, and its advanced rendering capabilities will bring realistic shading and reflectivity to mobile phones for the first time.

Alongside the new 3D graphics processor, the new LSI also integrates Toshiba's "Media Embedded Processor" (MeP) to handle sound, a host processor, a WVGA LCD controller for wide-screen displays, and brings all the essential components of a game console onto a single chip dedicated to enhancing mobile phone game performance.

With the launch of the high performance TC35711XBG, Toshiba will contribute to further development in games for mobile phones, while reinforcing its position as a technology and market leader in advanced LSI.

*1 In terms of pixels, it can render 800 mega-pixels a second.
*2 Compared with Toshiba's existing product, TC35296XBG, which offers a high
  performance of 2.6 mega-polygons a second.
*3 The latest programmable technology for 3D graphics which brings realistic shading.

Outline of product
Outline of product

Note: Price is for the Japanese market only

Key Features
1. A performance of 100 mega-polygon a sec. is 38 times faster than that of previous products, due to the development of the new high performance 3D graphics processor.
2. Integration of three processors: the new 3D graphics processor, plus Toshiba's MeP for processing sound, and the ARM1176JZF-S, a high performance processor core.
3. Compliant with programmable shading for 3D graphics. Supports generation of realistic graphics, with shade and reflectivity.
4. Integrates WVGA LCD controller that supports high resolution display.


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