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Advanced Imaging Magazine

Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

New SMT339 FPGA and DSP Co-design Platform from Sundance Multiprocessor Technology

Specially Designed to Optimize Image Processing Performance

At the core of the new board are the lightning fast Texas Instruments TMS320DM642 DSP-based digital media processor and Xilinx Virtex-4 FX-60 FPGA.

TI's TMS320DM642 processor has been specially designed to optimize image processing performance with a stunning capability of 5760MIPS at a clock rate of 720MHz. The Xilinx Virtex-4 FX-60 FPGA boasts 622Mbps to 10.3125Gbps serial transceivers for high-speed serial input/output. The huge processing power of the FPGA speeds functions such as color space conversion and discrete cosine transforms, while Fast Fourier Transforms and convolution can be implemented without using any of the DSP's resources. Boosting performance is 16MB of fast ZBTRAM and 128MB DSP SDRAM.

The SMT339 also features a Phillips SAA7109AE/SAA7108AE video decoder/encoder. This accepts most PAL and NTSC standards and can output processed images in PAL/NTSC or VGA (1280x1024, or HDTV Y/Pb/Pr).

Software support is from TI's Code Composer Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and 3L's Diamond FPGA. These allow SMT339 users to quick-start their development of cutting-edge image processing functions with live processed image output. The hassle associated with integrating industry-leading hardware is eliminated.

The SMT339 module can be plugged into a standard single width TIM slot and can be accessed by either a standard com port or RSL interface. The module can also run stand-alone -making it an ideal platform for embedded applications.

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