Reno, Nev. A new FPGA and DSP co-design platform for developing image processing equipment has been launched by Sundance Multiprocessor Technology. At the core of the SMT339 board are Texas Instruments TMS320DM642 DSP-based digital media processor and Xilinx Virtex-4 FX-60 FPGA.
TI's TMS320DM642 processor has been specially designed to optimize image processing performance with the capability of 5760MIPS at a clock rate of 720MHz. The Xilinx Virtex-4 FX-60 FPGA boasts 622Mbps to 10.3125Gbps serial transceivers for high-speed serial input/output. The huge processing power of the FPGA speeds functions such as color space conversion (CSC) and discrete cosine transforms (DCT), while Fast Fourier Transforms (FFT) and convolution can be implemented without using any of the DSP's resources. Boosting performance there is 16MB of fast ZBTRAM and 128MB DSP SDRAM.
Image processing is an essential part of everyday life. At home, HD TV, interactive gaming and media streaming is now common. In hospital, scanning equipment is delivering instant and more accurate images for doctors. In industry, simulators of all kinds enable complex and often hazardous tasks to be practiced in artificially created worlds. Security systems from iris scanning to automatic number plate recognition all depend on image capture, processing and interpretation. Many applications also rely on the ability to achieve high data compression rates specified by H.264 and MPEG-4, the natural replacement for the overworked MPEG-2 standard, according to Sundance Multiprocessor Technology.
The SMT339 also features a Phillips SAA7109AE/SAA7108AE video decoder/encoder. This accepts most PAL and NTSC standards and can output processed images in PAL/NTSC or VGA (1280x1024, or HD TV Y/Pb/Pr).
Software support is from TI's Code Composer Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and 3L's Diamond FPGA. These allow SMT339 users to quick-start their development of cutting-edge image processing functions with live processed image output. The hassle associated with integrating industry-leading hardware is eliminated.
The SMT339 module can be plugged into a standard single width TIM slot and can be accessed by either a standard ComPort or RSL interface. The module can also run stand-alone, making it an ideal platform for embedded applications.
As a powerful, versatile COTS image processing development platform, the SMT339 is unrivalled and is essential for the creation of advanced digital imaging products. Designers wanting technical details should visit
Sundance Digital Signal Processing Inc. (775) 827 3103