Texas Instruments has announced the first products based on its DaVinci technology.
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In an attempt to simplify digital video development, TI has announced two DSP-based SoCs (TMS320DM6443 and TMS320DM6446), multimedia codecs, APIs, frameworks and development tools. All are optimized for digital video systems.
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WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
These integrated components are claimed as the industry's first complete offering of an open platform to enable digital video innovation without requiring extensive digital video expertise. According to TI, with DaVinci products, adding digital video to an application becomes as simple as writing to an API, saving OEMs months of development time and lowering overall system costs.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO DEVICES?
The TMS320DM6443, tuned for video decode applications, provides all of the processing components required to decode digital video, including both analog and digital video output with integrated resizer and onscreen display (OSD) engines. The TMS320DM6446, tuned for video encode and decode applications, adds video encoding capabilities through a dedicated video processing front end capable of capturing various digital video formats.
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The DaVinci software infrastructure, from low-level OS drivers to application APIs, makes it possible for developers to implement digital video without having to focus resources on writing and optimizing codecs or programming a DSP.
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How About Tool Support?
Developers can begin evaluation and implementation of the DM644x devices with the Digital Video Evaluation Module (DVEVM). It contains the MontaVista 2.6.10 Linux Preview Kit and MontaVista GNU development tools. In addition, the DV-EVM includes a NTSC/PAL camera, LCD screen, pre-wired video encode and decode codec demos. In addition, TI's Code Composer Studio IDE supports TMS320DM644x devices.
- The TMS320DM644x architecture is a highly integrated SoC that contains many of the components required for digital video.
- The DM644x devices are based on TI's TMS320C64x+ DSP core, an ARM926 processor, video accelerators, networking peripherals and external memory/storage interfaces all specifically tuned for video.
Pricing and Availability
The TMS320DM6443 and TMS320DM6446 are sampling now and are priced at $29.95 and $34.95 each/10,000, respectively. The devices are pin-for-pin and software-compatible with each other, as well as code compatible with previous generations of TMS320DM644x devices. The DVEVM (TMDXEVM6446) is $1,995.
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