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Low-cost audio, video codecs offer versatile features

Posted: 21 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ASIC? codecs? mask? ASSP? OEM?

eASIC Corp., a provider of zero mask-charge ASIC devices, has announced the immediate availability of the eDV9100, the first member of their eDiVeo family of low-cost single chip audio and video codecs.

The eDV9100 supports MPEG-4 video encoding or decoding for full motion VGA. The versatile eDV9100 is ideal for system OEMs, ODMs and ASSP designers that want to introduce rapidly a wide variety of video solutions such as low-cost digital camcorders, wearable and portable video surveillance, taxi cameras, rear-view automotive cameras and hands-free cameras. It is the first device in eASIC's eDiVeo portfolio, which will also include high-definition H.264 devices.

The eDV9100 is optimized for JPEG and MPEG-4 image processing, and includes a 32bit RISC processor for system control and on-screen display. It interfaces directly to CMOS sensors up to 5M pixels, memory cards, and TFT/STN LCD displays. It is implemented using eASIC's Nextreme zero mask-charge ASIC architecture. This allows designers to rapidly integrate custom features and quickly create derivative devices to meet changing market requirements.

eDiVeo is also said to be an ideal platform for semiconductor vendors that wish to rapidly proliferate a range of rebranded custom video solutions for the ever-increasing number of MPEG and H.264 video applications. Leading market research firms forecast global MPEG IC demand will reach 1.6 billion units annually by 2011.

- Clive Maxfield
Programmable Logic DesignLine

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