New platform speeds development of digital video apps

Vincent, Matt
January 2006
Portable Design;Jan2006, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p32
This article reports that Texas Instruments Inc. recently introduced a pair of DSP-based SoCs, as well as multimedia codecs, application programming interfaces, frameworks and development tools. The company says that the integrated hardware and software components help to create an open platform for the design of digital video systems without the need of extensive digital video expertise. It says that the TMS320DM6443 architecture, optimized for video decode applications, provides all of the processing components needed to decode digital video. The TM8320DM6446 adds video encoding capabilities through a dedicated video-processing front-end that is capable of capturing various digital video formats. The DaVinci software infrastructure is designed to help developers to implement digital video without the need to focus resources on building codecs. The company says its DaVinci APIs allow developers to swap out multimedia codecs without having to modify application code. The TMS320DM6443 and TMS320DM6446 are software compatible.


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