As a result of positive experiences in the MP3 audio player market, developers and manufacturers are avidly pursuing the market for video-enabled portable media players (PMPs). Consumers are showing particular interest in personal entertainment centers that integrate audio, video, navigation, gaming, and mobile TV functionality.

For developers and manufacturers aiming to maximize their success in this market segment, choosing the right processor platform can make a fundamental difference in meeting key challenges, such as play time, security, competitive cost, and time-to-market. This paper discusses the range of processor solutions available for these integrated PMPs, addressing issues such as selection of media standards and formats, power management, and security.