Single Chip Solutions  
The Front End Module is available as a full Multimedia Single Chip Solution . We can provide all the components required for this solution including the GDI - JPEG , GIF , TIFF , MPEG2 , MPEG4 , MOV & AVI , MP3 & AMR encoding , decoding , display and play , character rendering and graphics display - Operating System and Interchip Communication along with the porting . A full componentised play engine using dynamic binding is present within the code . The development and porting is undertaken over an initial 4 month period . Payment for the components is on a per chip royalty basis . Payment for the development and porting is on a 50% upfront payment of the royalty on a full per month basis .
 
World Computers has extensive experience in embedded development including working on Single Chip Solutions and can bring this to bear on the project development in order to ensure that a highly extensive and high quality job is done and that the job is done on time and on budget . We can provide a full range of high quality Single Chip Solutions at a competitive price .
 
Royalty for the Front End Module release :- £ 0.25 per chip as with everything in business and engineering there is flexibility in costings , prices and options .
    0.36 per chip
    U.S.$ 0.44 per chip
       
Platform - GDI , OS + Communications Components Development :- £ 500 000.00
Cost depends on the multimedia side - codec development .   700 000.00
    U.S.$ 800 000.00
 
You will also , in addition be required to pay , as a separate charge , any third party licensing charges - such as for font libraries , GIF and AMR etc. .
 
The above costs also include some ongoing development - the initial payment will be applied to further development - expansion of features , development of operating system components etc. . The income generated will be largely applied to ongoing development producing further add on modules that can be used for an expanded range of single chip solutions . The first release will be at the 4 month point producing a Module and GDI solution with a host processor interface . The second release will be at the 9 month point producing a fully componentised Front End Module solution with an operating system and a sophisticated host processor interface . The third release will be at the 14 month point producing a fully componentised Front End Module solution with a Browser module and with ancilliary modules with an operating system and a sophisticated host processor interface . Further releases will follow as the expansions and new products become available .
 
The minimum purchase is 400,000 units in the first year .
 
We will provide all the components directly from our site to your clients . We will also provide a free porting service ( at our site ) plus full support for your clients .
 
Hardware requirements :-
  1. at least 640KB of Flash PROM - preferably 1MB ( to allow for initial expansion of features + font libraries etc. ) . When the browser is released 4MB will be required .
  2. at least 64KB of RAM - preferably 256KB . When the browser is released 256KB to 1MB ( depending on chacheing requirements ) will be required .
  3. processor + I\O support - fast interrupts , autoboot , timer etc. .
  4. host processor and multimedia device connections .
  5. chip signature - to license the software .
The chip must be supplied with support circuitary such that the code can be easily downloaded and tested . Initial development can occur on PC's but ultimately the chip platform will be required for the final testing . The PC can be used as the host processor . At least 3 platforms will be required . Compilers and linkers and any support software and hardware for the platform will also be required .
 
Initial development work :-
  1. boot loader - chip & host processor sides - transport layer & Flash PROM programmer .
  2. co-operative operating system - based on existing components - heap manager , interrupt & polling manager , asynchronous call management , event manager , timer and file management - logical & physical .
  3. GDI - JPEG , MPEG2 , MPEG4 , MP3 & AMR encoding , decoding , display and play , character rendering and graphics display .
  4. host processor to Front End Module linkage - based on existing linkage .
  5. a combined script editor and system manager .
This will be released - first release - at the 4 month point .
 
The system will be designed such that scripts - such as User Interface scripts and Multi Media scripts - can be executed , via a logical API style interface , from the host processor . As such the scripts will be executed via the External Interface table on the chip .