Sunnyvale, Calif. . Beefing-up its high performance multiprocessor DSP platform solutions for real-time multimedia, Cradle Technologies, Inc. has launched three devices in its new CT3600 product family. The units integrate multiple general purpose processors alongside multiple DSPs thereby improving processor efficiency of control, data flow and networking stack functions required in today's multimedia applications, said Kourosh Amiri, director of product marketing for Cradle.
The product family integrates eight to sixteen loosely coupled SIMD 32-bit DSP engines, four to eight general purpose CPUs, 128 to 144 programmable I/O pins and a three-tiered memory hierarchy system to accelerate and integrate multimedia infrastructure processing.
The CT3616 can encode sixteen real-time MPEG-4 channels (480fps) at SIF resolution, sixteen G.711 voice channels, perform a complete IP packet encapsulation (RTP/UDP) with a 10/100 Ethernet MAC and provide an integrated hard disk (IDE) or compact flash storage interface achieving 16-channel "digital video recorder on-a-chip" for the surveillance industry. Priced at $5.50 per channel (MPEG4 SP L3), the CT3616 offers 24000 MMACs (Million Multiply-Accumulates) or 275MMACs per dollar.
The CT3608 has eight DSP cores and four general purpose processor cores while the CT3612 has twelve DSP cores and six GPP cores.
The unit's programmable I/O subsystem delivers up to 144 intelligent I/O pins for fast and flexible interconnect. This eliminates external interface chips such as FPGAs typically found in single-purpose DSPs with slow general purpose I/Os further reducing board space and system cost, according to Cradle.
Samples of the CT3616 will be available in June. The other two devices will be available in the third quarter of this year.
Cradle is also launching a complete CT3600 development environment for its new devices. This includes Version 5.0 of Cradle's Software Development Kit (SDK) and the RDS3600 Digital Media Development Platform. The CT3600 MDSP slashes development time when compared to prior multi-core DSP chips or other hardware-based parallel architectures through its innovative multi-processor architecture coupled with a multi-core debugger and an intermediate-level compiler for DSP task optimization.
According to the company, INSPECTOR is the industry's first multi-core development and graphical debugging environment. It provides unique debugging, profiling and performance monitoring functions for up to 24 processors simultaneously while achieving complete source code and single stepping/breakpoint control of each processor. Embedded hardware in the chip acts in concert with INSPECTOR to provide complete visibility into global/local variables, registers, and data memory and activity of all processors.
The CT3600 family dramatically expands the market opportunities of the initial CT3400 Multiprocessor DSP family from Cradle. It delivers new price/performance points for the rapidly expanding video surveillance market including applications such as IP cameras and streamers, network video recorders (NVRs) and multi-channel DVRs. The CT3600 family addresses the performance and integration requirements of the high performance imaging market including multi-function printer and scanner products, film processing equipment and machine-vision systems. It also is ideal for the emerging multi-codec and multi-function requirements of the broadcast & IP TV head-end market including encoding, streaming & transcoding equipment, media gateways, video conferencing systems and video phones.
Version 5.0 of the Software Development Kit and the RDS3600 Digital Media Development Board will be available in June 2005 enabling design starts for all members of the CT3600 family. The CT3616 device will be sampling in June 2005 and is priced as low as $53 in 10K quantities for the slowest speed grade. The other two CT3600 members will be sampling in Q305 and are priced as low as $37 in 10K quantities.
For more information about the devices, visit www.cradle.com.