Nuvation Introduces Four Video Reference Designs Based on Texas Instruments' DaVinci(TM) Technology

DALLAS , Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the worldwide Texas Instruments Developer Conference (TIDC), Nuvation, a leading Electronics Design Services firm, is introducing four reference designs based on TI's DaVinci(TM) technology. The reference...


DALLAS , Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the worldwide Texas Instruments Developer Conference (TIDC), Nuvation, a leading Electronics Design Services firm, is introducing four reference designs based on TI's DaVinci(TM) technology. The reference designs are:

Engineering evaluation units are available for purchase and the reference design source files can be licensed from Nuvation. Nuvation also offers project-based and China Offshore Development Center (CODC) electronic design services.

Nuvation's new IP Camera 'PoE' reference design joins Nuvation's IP Cam 'Mini' reference design introduced at last year's TIDC, with the PoE version sporting a new form factor with enhanced features, COGS and thermal characteristics. Nuvation's IP Camera PoE utilizes TI's TPS23750, a PoE 802.3af-compliant PD controller with integrated DC/DC converter. With the optional PoE board installed, power can be transmitted with the data over Ethernet and thus requires no external power adapter to be connected to the IP Camera. Nuvation's IP Camera reference designs also incorporate Pixim's Orca imaging chipset with revolutionary Digital Pixel System(R) (DPS) technology which improves image quality and color accuracy, critical for positive subject identification in video surveillance applications.

Nuvation's Intelligent Video Server (IVS) is a reference design for a 1-channel audio/video streamer which can adapt a standard CCTV analog camera into an Internet Protocol (IP) streamer. PoE is also incorporated in the IVS reference design.

The IP Camera and IVS reference designs compress real-time, full-color 720x480 (D1) video over Ethernet at up to 30 frames per second as well as optional video analytics intelligence. The reference designs utilize TI's TMS320DM644x processor which is a highly integrated, DSP-based system-on-chip (SoC) featuring an ARM926 processor in addition to the TMS320C64x+(TM) DSP core. They support configurable software implementations from TI and third parties including H.264, MPEG-4/H.263, MPEG-2, MJPEG, G.711, and video analytics. The IP Camera and IVS reference designs incorporate an embedded Real-Time Linux Operating System as well.

Nuvation's new Multichannel Video Front End (McVFE) reference design is geared for video security OEMs that need to merge multiple video streams for encoding in TI DaVinci(TM) devices. The McVFE reference design supports up to 16 analog video channel inputs and utilizes four TVP5154 quad-channel low power video decoders with independent scalers and a low-cost Xilinx Spartan-3A FPGA streaming to a DM6467 DVEVM based on DaVinci technology. Nuvation is demonstrating McVFE here at TIDC with full release scheduled for Q2 '08.

Nuvation is also unveiling its new Scalable Video Platform (SVP) reference design, an advanced video development platform for OEMs working with arrays of TI DaVinci DSPs and/or DSP-FPGA co-processing architectures. Nuvation's SVP features four (4) TI TMS320DM6467 DaVinci digital media processors, a TMS320DM648 DaVinci digital media processor, an expandable Xilinx Virtex-5 LXT FPGA socket, and other advanced video functionality. SVP is being demonstrated here at TIDC running a concurrent HD MPEG-2 decode and MPEG-2 to H.264 transcode. General release is targeted for Q2 '08.

"We are extremely impressed with the features and performance of TI's DaVinci technology," said Chris Hallahan , Nuvation's VP of sales and marketing. "The market has been embracing TI's DaVinci platform and is always seeking greater time-to-market acceleration. Leveraging our family of reference designs, we can enable OEMs to reach volume production release in a few months rather than typical new product development cycles of 18 months or more."

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