Aspex Linedancer used for video processing - Embedded.com

Aspex Linedancer used for video processing

LONDON — Aspex Semiconductor has revealed that da Vinci Systems, a provider of colour enhancement and image restoration products, is using its Linedancer processors to help enable the expansion of the Resolve product line and introduce the PowerGrid acceleration platform.

Da Vinci’s (Coral Springs, Fla) PowerPlant image processing accelerator board implements six Aspex (Buckingham, U.K.) Linedancer processors to address the specific requirements of varying post production environments. By taking advantage of the devices’ software-programmable, flexible and scalable nature, da Vinci has developed its PowerGrid acceleration platform.

Composed of multiple PowerPlant accelerator boards, PowerGrid has increased the speed and performance available in da Vinci’s Resolve product line which now three new hardware configurations of its Resolve digital mastering suite designed to address specific user needs.

Bill Robertson, General Manager of da Vinci, said, “By moving to a common, software-defined core platform, we can keep our engineering talent focused on high value, creative tasks, such as adding new features, rather than re-inventing the wheel. We now have a platform that can be fully scaled to meet the performance needs of even our most demanding customers, while also allowing us to address a new market segment with affordable, entry-level products. The scalability of Linedancer also allows these lower cost systems to be upgraded as soon as the user’s workload demands more performance.”

Jeremy Hendy, VP Marketing at Aspex, said, “da Vinci’s new product lines are a testament to Linedancer’s unique linear scalability. From a single product development effort, da Vinci has continued to create and expand their product line without any major re-engineering, enabling them to address a broad range of requirements, from low cost, entry-level products, through to the extreme performance demanded by their most sophisticated customers.”

Aspex is a fabless semiconductor company specialising in the delivery of extreme processors. In 2005 Aspex formed a partnership with MainConcept AG (Aachen, Germany), a provider of video codec and other multimedia technologies signed a deal to provide an accelerated solution for high definition television video compression.

In 2004 it reached an agreement with Philips Semiconductors to use the Linedancer for wireless infrastructure system development, selling the device under a Philips part number, and is acting as foundry for Aspex.

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