Stretch releases hybrid HD DVR reference design

SUNNYVALE, Calif., November 17, 2009 – Stretch Inc., the pioneer and leader in software configurable processors, today announced availability of a new hybrid high-definition standalone DVR reference design for video surveillance OEMs and ODMs who wish to incorporate the most advanced features into their products.

This new reference design kit, called the VRM6016 RDK, is built around Stretch S6000 family processors and delivers unprecedented performance and flexibility. The standalone DVR market is over 4 times greater than PCI add-in cards, and this newest solution from Stretch demonstrates the company's continued commitment to providing the most complete solutions for video surveillance manufacturers.

There are many new capabilities being developed for video surveillance, including HDcctv cameras, networking options, HDMI spot monitors, and H.264 SVC encoding. The VRM6016 reference design incorporates all of these features to enable DVR manufacturers to quickly develop highly-differentiated products.

"Our goal with the VRM6016 is to provide the most features so that DVR designers can easily create differentiated products," commented Bob Beachler, Stretch vice president of marketing, operations, and systems design. "In this new design, we combined the power of Stretch S6000 family processors with a Freescale host processor and created a reference design that delivers world class DVR capabilities, but at a low bill-of-materials cost."

"The video surveillance space is undergoing evolutionary and revolutionary changes with the move to IP-based networking," said Ravi Jagannath, low power processor portfolio manager for Freescale's Networking & Multimedia Group. "The Stretch S6000, combined with Freescale PowerQUICC communications processors, addresses key issues relative to advanced real-time networking of megapixel images while enhancing system features and lowering bill-of-materials costs."

"With this new reference design, manufacturers wanting to incorporate HDcctv support into their standalone DVRs now have a quick path to market," stated Todd Rockoff, Chairman of the HDcctv Alliance. "Stretch is once again leading the way in implementing HDcctv technology."

VRM6016 Reference Design Kit Information

The VRM6016 supports hexaplex operation - live view, recording, decoding, backup, IP camera, and remote viewing, all running simultaneously. Designed for scalability, it supports camera inputs from standard definition CCTV cameras, HDcctv cameras, and IP network cameras. It supports CIF, D1, HD, and multi-stream encoding and decoding in a variety of formats, including H.264 SVC, H.264 AVC, MPEG4, and MJPEG. Multiple spot monitors, including dual HDMI, VGA, and SD composite are incorporated in the design. The powerful S6000 devices enable an infinite variety of tiled and scaled video output, and support multiple planes of alpha-blended, on-screen display information.

The on-board Freescale MPC8377 PowerQUICC II Pro processor is used for running application software and for managing data movement over the dual gigabit Ethernet ports, SATA, and eSATA interfaces. Glueless connectivity is maintained via PCIe interfaces on both the MPC8377 and Stretch S6100 processors. With the same Application Programming Interface (API) found on all Stretch DVR reference designs, application code can be rapidly and efficiently ported to VRM6016 reference design.

The VRM6016 includes the Stretch Intelligent Encoder Software Development Kit (SDK) and is compatible with all Stretch CODEC plug-ins, including H.264 Scalable Video CODEC (SVC), H.264 AVC, and MPEG4

The VRM6016 reference design kit is now available for qualified DVR OEMs and ODM. For complete information, including pricing, please contact Stretch sales at
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