Sunday, December 4, 2005

TI Samples First DaVinci Digital Video Silicon

Texas Instruments released the first products based on its DaVinci technology, including two digital signal processor-(DSP) based system-on-chips (SoC), multimedia codecs, application programming interfaces (APIs), frameworks and development tools.

TI said the advantage of its DaVinci products is that developers are able to add digital video to an application by simply writing to an API.

The TMS320DM644x architecture is a highly integrated system-on-chip (SoC) that has absorbed many of the external components required for digital video, dropping hardware bill of materials by as much as 50% . Offering up to 1080i MPEG-2 decode and up to 720p MPEG-4 simple profile encode, the DM644x devices are based on TI's performance-leading TMS320C64x+ DSP core, an ARM926 processor, video accelerators, networking peripherals and external memory/storage interfaces all specifically tuned for video performance.

The TMS320DM6443, tuned for video decode applications, provides all of the processing components required to decode digital video, including both analog and digital video output with integrated resizer and on-screen display (OSD) engines.

The TMS320DM6446, tuned for video encode and decode applications, adds video encoding capabilities through a dedicated video processing front end capable of capturing various digital video formats.

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