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Advanced HD video platform runs on TI processors

Posted: 05 Dec 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Polycom? Texas Instruments? HDX 9000? TMS320DM642? HD?

Polycom Inc. has announced that it used multiple, high-performance digital media processors from Texas Instruments Inc. to deliver the Polycom HDX 9000 platform, which promises broad flexibility and high performance to support video collaboration applications, including true high definition (HD). The Polycom HDX 9000 series enables increased productivity and efficiency that result from more lifelike virtual meetings that include HD voice, HD video and HD content sharing, the company explained.

The HDX 9000 series uses multiple TI TMS320DM642 processors to handle the video processing, including compression, for both standard definition (SD) and HD people and content. Built on the architecture of TI's TMS320C64x generation of DSPs, the DM642 devices perform real-time processing of H.264 baseline profile to provide high-quality video picture with true HD resolution. Because TI processors are fully software programmable, Polycom's SD and HD products can be easily upgraded as new standards and future enhancements need to be supported.

The HDX 9000 series is a standards-based, high-performance HD video conferencing system that features industry-first capabilities such as simultaneous HD dual streams for people and content, Siren 22kHz StereoSurround audio, and broad flexibility for customizing HD video communications for specific business applications and meeting environments.

"TI has an attractive, code-compatible roadmap of high-performance processors that address both HD performance and system cost, enabling us to deliver the greatest video, audio and content detail in multimedia collaborative meetings with systems that will continue to evolve to support emerging technology," said Ed Ellett, senior VP and general manager of video communications at Polycom.

TI's production qualified and fully software programmable DM642 processors facilitate real-time HD video conferencing and are code-compatible with the entire TMS320C6000 DSP platform. With performance of up to 5760 MIPS at a clock rate of 720MHz, the DM642 processors offer cost-effective solutions to high-performance DSP programming challenges. For the Polycom HDX 9000 series video conferencing systems, multiple DM642 processors perform video compression to provide unsurpassed video conferencing image quality with 720p HD video (1280-by-720 at 30fps) at bit-rates from 1Mbps to 4+Mbps. In addition to video processing, Polycom has leveraged TI's portfolio of high-performance analog and logic technology, including the THS7303 video amplifier, the TPS40K family of synchronous buck controllers, the INA137 balanced line driver and the DRV134 differential receiver.

The Polycom HDX 9000 series are standards-based, rack-mounted video conferencing systems designed for conference rooms, integrated custom-room environments, telepresence suites and specialized applications. The Polycom EagleEye HD camera delivers unmatched performance at resolutions up to HD720p at 60fps, and the Polycom HDX platform is equipped to deliver 1080p video resolution. The system supports HD in both 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios without image distortion, which enables customers to use existing 4:3 HD-capable monitors. It delivers 4CIF (704-by-576) video resolution starting at 256Kbps providing quality video even at low data rates.

The Polycom HDX series video conferencing systems are available today. For more information, visit the company Website.

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? TMS320DM642 TMS320DM642 Video/Imaging Fixed-Point Digital Signal Processor (Rev. L) EDA - IC Design



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