LONDON Ocean Blue Software has been contracted to customize its TV software suite for use on Toshiba's TC9040x 'Donau' series of processors.
The Linux-based software should enable faster development of reduced component count consumer electronics products, such as set top boxes (STBs), integrated digital televisions (iDTVs), personal video recorders (PVRs), and combination hard disk/DVD recorder systems.
Ocean Blue (Bristol, England) is nearing completion of the development which will be used with Toshiba's integrated ICs for 'free-to-air' (FTA) and pay-TV digital television applications.
Toshiba's Donau platforms combine the company's media embedded processor (MeP) architecture with a 64-bit embedded RISC host processor to create multimedia SoCs with compute performances of up to 650MIPS (at 180MHz). The MeP architecture effectively frees the host processor from compute intensive DVB and multimedia processing tasks and allows designers to choose cost-optimised solutions for digital video broadcast (DVB) applications. These applications can range from single-stream decoding, standard definition televisions to dual-stream decoding, high-end multimedia home platform and MHEG-5-based equipment.
“In addition to European requirements for Freeview Playback, support for High-Definition decoding with display in half horizontal resolution and HD-to-SD conversion makes the new platform suitable for applications designed for use in the USA and Japan,” said Ken Helps, managing director of Ocean Blue Software.
Ocean Blue's Voyager MHEG-5 & DSM-CC software was developed in the standard C programming language and is thus portable to many different operating systems and hardware computing platforms.