Beijing, China Vivace Semiconductor has announced the availability of its VSP100 development and integration systems for the high-performance VSP100 media processing chip, aimed at consumer mobile applications. The company also announced enhanced VSP100 product features targeting portable media and high-end display markets. These include support for D1 video standards at multiple resolutions and the addition of high-performance input options for larger bit streams.
The design tools include the: VSP100 Software Integration Environment, a PC-based development environment for developing host application software; the VSP100 Product Emulation Environment, a FPGA development environment used to integrate all system components, and the VSP100 Digital Media Developer, a VSP100-based development board for advanced evaluation and product integration.
The VSP100 is specifically designed to address the high-volume portable video market. The chip maximizes battery life by operating at low clock rates with advanced power management features, resulting in power dissipation at less than half that of competing alternatives, said Vivace. The devices use highly optimized DSPs to provide software-based codecs such as VC-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264/AVC, and Real Video.
The design tools allow quick and easy development, debug, integration and test of hardware and software for the VSP100. Each of the environments comes with complete documentation for multiple reference designs, utilizing the VSP100 in a portable media player, digital TV player, and USB TV adapter.
Pricing: Ranges from $750-$2000 for the VSP100 Software Integration Environment depending on the PC hosting the environment. The VSP100 Product Emulation Environment will be priced at $2,500-25,000 depending on whether it includes the VSP100 FPGA emulation board. The VSP100 Digital Media Developer will sell for $1500.
Availability: Samples of the VSP100 media processor are expected to be available by December 2007. The VSP100 Software Integration Environment and the VSP100 Product Emulation Environment will be available in September 2007. The VSP100 Digital Media Developer will be available in December 2007.
Product information: VSP100 and development systems
Vivace Semiconductor, www.vivacesemic.com