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TI video processors offer thrice HD performance

Posted: 07 Mar 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:digital? media? processors? HD? video?

Texas Instruments Inc. launches the TMS320DM8168 and TMS320DM8148 DaVinci digital media processors that are designed to bring people together, increase public safety, enable real-time automotive vision systems to support safer driving, and deliver entertainment to consumers, all via HD video communications.

The DM8168 DaVinci digital media processor claims three times the video streaming capability over competing solutions with up to three simultaneous 1,080p60fps video streams, 12 simultaneous 720p30 fps video streams or a combination of lower resolution streams. This lets customers build video-centric systems that capture, encode, decode and analyze multiple video streams simultaneously on up to three independent displays. It also concurrently allows customers to differentiate their products with advanced analytics capabilities. It is suited for multichannel HD video surveillance systems, video conferencing systems, media hubs and servers, and video broadcasting systems.

The lower-power DM8148 DaVinci digital media processor offers a single 1,080p60 fps video stream, three simultaneous 720p30 fps video streams or multiple lower resolution streams at 3W. It also includes display and analytics capabilities like the DM8168, and it is suitable for power-sensitive, consumer and medical video applications requiring fewer video streams. These include Skype video cameras, interactive digital signage, video surveillance DVRs or IP net cams, streaming media players and network projectors.

Easy product migration options between the DM8168 digital media processor to the power-efficient, software compatible DM8148 digital media processor allow customers to create multiple, unique products quickly and easily within the DaVinci digital media platform. Using TI's EZ software development kit, it allows software code reuse and customization via a single software investment. Customers can also use the same EZ SDK from TI for applications not needing video processing to migrate to the pin-for-pin compatible Sitara ARM MPU or the C6-Integra DSP + ARM platforms to further leverage a single hardware and software investment.

The DM8168 and digital media processors combine video accelerators, ARM Cortex-A8, TMS320C674x DSP, 3D graphics accelerator, display controllers and peripherals, including PCIe Gen 2, SATA 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet Switch, CAN and DDR2/DDR3. Thus they eliminate many discrete components, reducing BOM by 50 percent and board space by a fifth. They also provide high-bandwidth connectivity by reducing latency normally associated with the interconnectivity between many discrete parts.

The chips feature up to three HD video accelerators responsible for all capture, encode, decode and analysis of multiple video streams. These come in up to three 1,080p60fps video channels, and offer multiple combinations of lower or standard definition video channels. This lets customers scale the video resolution and performance to the needs of the application, thereby providing the right balance of power and performance while also allowing end product customization.

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