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Devt platform brings DaVinci to digital video

Posted: 05 Mar 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DSP? multimedia IC? processor? TI? DaVinci?

Driving the adoption of DSP technology in next-generation digital video applications, Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) has released the TMS320DM6437 digital video development platform (DVDP) for its DM643x digital media processors.

The DM6437 DVDP brings the complete DaVinci technology development environment to these processors by bundling a full TMS320DM6437 evaluation module (EVM) with a complete suite of DaVinci development tools and software for less than $500. According to TI, this DVDP provides developers a comprehensive platform for use throughout the entire design process to accelerate the development of digital video across a wide range of applications, including in-flight entertainment systems, IP net cameras, video phones and vision systems.

DSP-only processors
The DM643x digital media processors are the first DSP-only devices supporting DaVinci technology. These devices are powerful enough to perform H.264 video encode at D1 resolution or to run the complete video, audio, networking for a target application like an IP-based network surveillance camera, all at 50 percent cost reduction over TI's previous DSP digital media processors. The DM6437 DVDP gives developers complete access to the DaVinci software and development infrastructure, easing design of video, imaging, speech and audio applications through simple API calls through the DaVinci Codec Engine, which eliminates the need for developers to directly manage codecs.

The complete DM6437 DVDP provides the core DaVinci digital video capabilities and development tools, including the DM6437 EVM and DVSDK, in one complete, low-cost platform. The DM6437 EVM offers multiple expansion slots for extending connectivity to virtually any hardware prototype or peripheral. The PCI host driver expands configuration options for developers by enabling them to plug the DM6437 EVM directly into a PC to use the PC as a host during initial development before prototype hardware is designed and available. The DM6437 EVM can also be used in a stand-alone fashion, connected to a PC using onboard emulation, or through a standard JTAG connector.

Open-source support
As an added value to developers embracing open-source OS, the DM6437 DVDP includes VirtualLogix's Linux at no cost and royalty free. It also includes an evaluation version of VirtualLogix Real-Time Virtualization software. VLX for Digital Multimedia v2.0 combines the performance and existing applications base of TI's DSP/BIOS kernel with the comprehensive networking, GUI and general-purpose features of the Linux OSall running on a single low-cost DSP. DM643x developers can evaluate the power of VirtualLogix's VLX for Digital Multimedia v2.0 through a demo application showing Linux and the DSP/BIOS kernel included in the DM643X DVDP.

The DM6437 DVDP (TMDXVDP6437) is currently available in beta for $495. Codecs and additional software licenses, which are required for production, are available through any of TI's authorized software providers. Production licenses for the VLX for Digital Multimedia, v2.0 are available directly from VirtualLogix.

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