WonderMedia Prizm WM8950 Cortex A9 SoC

WonderMedia Technologies, a subsidiary of Via Technologies, has unveiled the Prizm WM8950, a single core Cortex A9 processor running up to 800 Mhz with a Mali-400 GPU.

The WM8950 SoC is especially aimed at low cost tablets running Android 4.0 as well as WinCE 7.0 smartbooks, but the company says it would also be suitable for applications such as Smart TV, SmartStream for wireless display and multimedia streaming, networked projectors, digital signage and thin clients.

Cortex A9 Single Core Cortex A9  Mali-400
Prizm WM8950 Block Diagram

Peripheral support includes HDMI, LVDS, and DVO video interfaces, CMOS sensor input for webcams and SD / e-MMC card support.. Additional I/O includes 10/100 Ethernet, USB 2.0, audio, SPI, I2C, UARTs and GPIO. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth can be supported with external chips via SPI and UART interfaces.

PRIZM WM8950 Key Features:

  • 800MHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor
  • ARM Mali-400 3D graphics Processor
  • Multi-standard 1080p video decoding engine
  • H.264 video encoding
  • DDR3/LPDDR2 DRAM interface
  • Multiple video interface including HDMI, LVDS, and DVO
  • Flexible networking and peripheral interface
  • Advanced hardware security engine
  • Android 4.0 and Windows CE 7.0 support

WonderMedia did not provide details on the SDK and it has not made it available yet. The company does not usually release the GPL source (e.g. the Linux kernel) easily. For those interested, the GPL source (Linux, Android, BSP and U-boot) has been made available for the previous versions of Prizm processors, namely WM8505 (ARM9 @ 300 Mhz) and WM8650 (ARM9 @ 600Mhz.) and can be downloaded here.

WonderMedia PRIZM WM8950 samples are available now and mass production will start on Q1 2012. Further information can be found on the Prizm WM8950 product page.

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