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Innovative System Design Transforms Storage Devices into Powerful Multimedia Servers

Thu, 01/06/2011 - 6:43am
Applied Micro Circuits Corporation or AppliedMicro announced the availability of complete consumer network attached storage (NAS) systems featuring PowerPC®-based APM821x1 and APM8018X processors at 2011 International CES. Designed for OEMs and ODMs, AppliedMicro NAS systems offer processing power, complete system design and application software to transform basic storage devices into high performance storage systems and next-generation multimedia servers for connected digital living rooms. As end products, these NAS systems allow consumers to store, stream and share their digital files at any time across any converged device and allow manufacturers quick entry into a rapidly growing market.

AppliedMicro NAS reference designs provide advanced features such as wireless access and transcoding that enable end users with easy access to growing volumes of multimedia content. The company’s APM821x1 and APM8018X SoCs provide advanced NAS solutions that feature a unique combination of high performance, low-power operation and attractive price points.

Transcoding is a cutting-edge media processing feature in the APM821X1 reference design that allows users to download HD movies and store them in another format, enabling the most effective use of limited storage space while creating interoperability between all types of content. Additionally, transcoding enables consumers to access to growing volumes of digital multimedia content through all display devices connected to the home network such as TVs, PCs, tablets, and mobile devices.

The consumer NAS market is expected grow in 2011 and deliver more than $1.25 billion in revenues, according to ABI Research. At CES 2011, AppliedMicro NAS platforms will offer a roadmap to next-generation capabilities that improve the versatility of these platforms in the connected digital home:

* Network Performance: High-speed wireline and wireless connectivity improves access for on-the-go sharing through smart phones, tablets, laptops and HD displays.

* Next-Generation: New PacketPro™ family of embedded SoCs will improve the performance, energy efficiency and security of future generation NAS systems.

Complete NAS reference designs from AppliedMicro reduce time-to-market for ODMs and OEMs. To see a live demonstration of AppliedMicro’s advanced reference designs, visit the company at CES Las Vegas 2011 in the South Hall in Meeting Place #25933.

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