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STB platform simplifies design

Posted: 21 Apr 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:equator technologies? soc processor? soc? sailfish? stb?

Equator Technologies Inc. introduced its Sailfish STB hardware platform that couples the AMD Alchemy Au1550 processor with an Equator BSP SoC, and features enhancements requested by platform developers, including enhanced codec support, integrated security features and expanded video input processing. According to the press release, this new platform simplifies the design process and extends device functionality.

The hardware reference platform includes software support for AVC/H.264 Main Profile/MPEG-4 Part 10, MPEG-4 Part 2, VC-1 and MPEG-2 at high definition, plus extensibility to support other codec formats and video input processing, as well as network router, gateway, higher performance VPN and Voice-over-IP (VoIP) capabilities.

The Sailfish Triple-Play platform uses the Au1550 processor as the host processor, providing a low-power, high-performance MIPS-based design that implements security features directly into the hardware, reducing software load in processing network security protocols. The Au1550 processor handles network communication, router/gateway functions and VoIP, and provides a familiar platform for those supporting IP-STB networking and user-interface functions.

The Equator BSP processor powers the multimedia portion of the IP-STB functionality, supporting today's advanced codec technologies, including VC-1, AVC and MPEG-2, and provides the ability to support H.263++/H.264 video phone capabilities.

Equator said that the combination of both processors yields a scalable, high-performing design that customer premises equipment makers may tailor to network operator requirements and cost targets. "We're taking best-of-breed, pixel-perfect video and multimedia processing to the next level with additional network integrated services," commented John O'Donnell, co-founder and CTO of Equator. "Equator, AMD and associated companies have collaborated to allow operator deployments to begin this year based on products derived from this reference design."

"We look forward to the next step of servicing key customer premise equipment suppliers with the working, cost-effective reference design in conjunction with AMD," O'Donnell added.

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