SAN FRANCISCO Tensilica Inc. has introduced four new Diamond Standard VDO processor engines customized for multi-standard, multi-resolution video in system-on-chip (SOC) designs, the company said Monday (Dec. 4). According to Tensilica, each of the four Diamond Standard VDO engines are being introduced to meet the varying needs of the market.
Targeted at mobile handsets and personal media players, these video subsystems are fully programmable to support all popular VGA and standard definition video codecs with resolutions up to 720x480 and 720x576, including various profiles of H.264, VC-1, MPEG-4 and MPEG-2, according to Tensilica (Santa Clara, Calif.). The Diamond Standard VDO engines host key video processing functions in software on the coresincluding the network abstraction layer, picture layer, slice layer, bit-stream parsing and entropy decoding and encoding, Tensilica said.
"We're ready to bring these fully tested drop-in solutions to semiconductor manufacturers and system OEMs who want to develop new products with high-quality video," said Chris Rowen, Tensilica's president and CEO, in a statement. "We expect this to be as successful as our HiFi Audio Engine, which has been designed into dozens of mobile handset devices including the new lineup of Motorola KRZR and RIZR phones."
All of the Diamond Standard VDO processor subsystems are delivered as Verilog RTL in a single block, Tensilica said. Software deliverables include an XTMP (XTensa Modeling Protocol) C-level model, API source code, and a full set of software tools, according to the company.
The Diamond Standard VDO family pricing starts at $300,000 for a single-use license for the Diamond 381VDO. Decoders and encoders are priced separately starting at $66,000 for the MPEG-2 decoder. The Diamond 388VDO hardware and all software will be available by the end of March 2007.