The Archos 604 provides video performance across multiple coding standards and has one of the brightest screens in the industry with more than 16 million colors. Texas Instruments' DaVinci technology-based media processor provides the audio, video, imaging and system control functionality for the Portable Media Player (PMP), while offering reduced power consumption. The dual-core processor consists of an ARM9 and TMS320C64x+ Digital Signal Processor (DSP) core plus video/imaging co-processors. The unit's media processing peripherals include a high-speed USB 2.0, a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) interface, on-screen display capabilities and a liquid crystal display (LCD) interface.
One of the biggest walls in embedded software development is the integration of low-level drivers with higher-level middleware and application code, but silicon vendors are stepping up to bring it down.
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