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Appeared on: Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Texas Instruments Releases First Products Based on the DAVINCI Technology

Texas Instruments announced the availability of the first products based on its DaVinci technology.

The new products include two digital signal processor- (DSP) based system-on-chips (SoC), multimedia codecs, application programming interfaces (APIs), frameworks and development tools. The DaVinci products allow developers to add digital video to an application by just writing to an API.

The TMS320DM644x architecture is a highly integrated system-on-chip (SoC) that has absorbed many of the external components required for digital video, claimed to drop hardware bill of materials by as much as 50 percent. It offers up to 1080i MPEG-2 decode and up to 720p MPEG-4 simple profile encode, based on TI?s TMS320C64x+ DSP core, an ARM926 processor, video accelerators, networking peripherals and external memory/storage interfaces.

The TMS320DM6443 is tuned for video decode applications and provides all of the processing components required to decode digital video, including both analog and digital video output with integrated resizer and on-screen display (OSD) engines.

The TMS320DM6446 is also tuned for video encode and decode applications and adds video encoding capabilities through a dedicated video processing front end capable of capturing various digital video formats.

The DaVinci software infrastructure makes it possible for developers to implement digital video without having to focus resources on writing and optimizing codecs or programming a DSP.

The TMS320DM6443 and TMS320DM6446 are pin-for-pin and software-compatible, as well as being code compatible with previous generations of TMS320DM644x devices and are sampling immediately. The DM6443 is $29.95 and the DM6446 is $34.95, both in quantities of 10KU in 2006. The DVEVM (TMDXEVM6446) is $1995 and available for order entry.


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