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MB8AL203x Multi-format HD Decoder LSI

The MB8AL203x is a highly integrated HD Multi-format digital TV decoder and encoder designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s hybrid set-top-boxes, digital signage, home networking solutions and in-car infotainment systems also featuring CI+ and embedded advanced security. The LSI supports up to 1080p HD encode/decode. The high performance multi-media processing allows decoding of various formats including the latest compression standard HEVC and outputting two streams parallel in HD resolution.


  • Quad ARM® CortexTM A5 MPCore TM incl. NeonTM SIMD Engine
  • Multi-format HD Video Decoder incl. HEVC
  • HD H.264 Video Encoder
  • 3D Engine (OpenGL® ES 2.0) ‘POWERVR SGX531-MP1’, 2D Engine
  • Cipher engine with AES/DES, hash and DTCP accelerator, OTP, secure boot • Power consumption 2.0W (typ)
  • Automotive
    • Temp range -40C to +85C
    • I/F: MediaLB® (3-/6-Pin)
    • AEC-Q100

Block Diagram



  • CPU: quad-core CortexA5 @ 396MHz, NEON, 32kB I$/D$ cache
  • Memory: 2x 16-bit DDR3-1080 SDRAM interface
  • Boot devices: NOR, NAND, eMMC4.41 or serial flash
  • Standby: Power Island for deep power down


  • 4x Transport stream demultiplexer incl. descramblers for DVB
  • CSA 3/2.1/1.0, AES/(T)DES, Multi-2, 4x TS input, 2x TS output
  • Cipher engine with AES/DES, hash and DTCP accelerator
  • secure boot, control word protection, OTP & memory encryption
  • Multi-format video decoder for HEVC L4.1, H.264 L4.2 HP, MPEG-2 MP@HL, MPEG 4 ASP L5, AVS Jizhun Profile, VP 6/7/8, VC-1 AP L3, RealVideo® 8/9/10, DivX® 3/4/5/6, H.263, Sorenson Spark
  • H.264 video encoder up to HD resolution (depend on frame rate)
  • JPEG decoder/encoder
  • 2 independent video outputs. Layers (flexible order): 2x backplane, 2x video, 2x cursor, 5x OSD (up to true-color in HD resolution, two layer scalable with flicker fixer), YCrCb/RGB color space
  • 3D graphic engine (Power VR SGX531); separate 2D bit blitter
  • Motion adaptive HD de-interlacer
  • PAL/NTSC/SECAM encoder incl. cross color, luminance filters, Teletext, WSS, CC, VBID insertion


  • HDMI Link and PHY with HDCP and CEC controller
  • 16bit digital video incl. SAV/EAV: 1x Input/1x Output (compliant to SMPTE 296M/274M)
  • 24bit dig. RGB (EIA/CAE-861 compliant), 2x out or 1x out + 1x in
  • ITU-R 656 video: 2x Input/1x Output
  • 4x analog video DACs for YPrPb/RGB, YC and CVBS
  • Stereo audio DACs, I2S: 4x input and 5x output, 1x SPDIF output
  • 2x USB 2.0 with 16 end-points incl. PHY (host or device)
  • Eth. 10/100/1000 Base-T GMAC (RGMII/RMII/MII), IEEE 1588
  • Universal processor interface (NAND/NOR, DVB-CI/CI+, IDE, ATA)
  • Universal slave interface (CI, IDE, ATA)
  • MediaLB, 6-pin and 3-pin interface (MOST25/50/150)
  • 128x Shared GPIO, 2x UART, 2x Smart Card, 2x I2C, 4x PWM, IR Rx, 2xSPI Master/Slave, 2x SDIO, 4x 7-segment LED, 8x Key Input
  • 4 channels Analog-Digital Converter (10bit)


  • PBGA-484 Package/Fujitsu CMOS 55nm technology
  • Operating Temperature range: -40 to +85, AEC-Q100
  • Supply: 1.2V core, 1.5V DDR, 1.8V/3.3V I/O (some are 5V tolerant input) • Power Consumption: 2W (typ)

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