Complete Reference Design Speeds Time-to-Market
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – April 18, 2005 – Cradle Technologies and Digi-flower today announced that Digi-Flower’s IP network video streamer product is based on the Cradle CT3400 Multiprocessor DSP. The Digi-flower IP streamer is a single-channel video and audio IP network streaming device that implements MPEG-4 real-time video encoding with synchronized audio and a complete IP network stack.
“The benefits of digital IP surveillance systems are significant,” said Oksana Kim, CEO Digi-flower, “Our customers’ demand for IP streamers is escalating rapidly and we needed a competitive product solution fast. Cradle’s Bluegill IP video streamer reference design allowed us to get to market with a high performance cost-effective design in record time.”
IP streamers, sometimes called video servers, can be integrated into a CCTV system to distribute digital video over an IP network, essentially turning analog cameras into network cameras. IP streamers enable the user to access real-time video remotely, via an IP network. Live video can be accessed by any defined workstation on the network or over the Internet.
“The IP surveillance market is growing rapidly and IP streamers are an effective means to bridge the analog gap,” said Charles Fox, Senior vice-president of marketing at Cradle Technologies, “We recognized the need to develop an IP streamer reference design using our programmable MDSP technology to speed our customers’ time-to-market, yet provide design flexibility to add user specific features.”
The MPEG-4 IP video streamer is based on the Cradle Bluegill IP video streamer reference design. This design dramatically accelerates OEMs ability to bring a single channel IP streamer solution to market. The design accepts analog NTSC/PAL video and produces an MPEG-4 compressed IP transport stream and delivers 10/100 Ethernet out. The design is based on the 230MHz CT3400 Multiprocessor DSP from Cradle Technologies.
About the Cradle CT3400 Multiprocessor DSP
Cradle’s CT3400 is a C-programmable multiprocessor DSP (MDSP) comprising eight 32-bit DSP cores, six 32-bit general purpose processor cores, and a flexible 128-pin programmable I/O subsystem. The platform provides a flexible and integrated media processor that can support the newest H.264 and MPEG4 codecs. The CT3400’s programmable I/O and RISC subsystem provides single-chip integration and support for many I/O interfaces and protocols including Ethernet, PCI, Hard Disk, Wireless, Video/Audio Ports, Image Sensor Interfaces, and other general purpose I/O.
The loosely coupled MDSP gives the customer reduced system cost, faster time-to-market, and higher product differentiation. Primary applications for the CT3400 include surveillance cameras, surveillance streamers and surveillance digital video recorders.
ISO/IEC MPEG-4 is an international standard for coding audio-visual information in a digital compressed format. Primarily designed to handle content up to approximately 4 Mbps, applications for the MPEG-4 standard are in the areas of IP-based streaming media, conversational appliances such as videophones, and broadcast television. MPEG-4 files can mix video with text, graphics and 2-D and 3-D animation layers.
About Digi-flower Inc.
Digi-flower is a leading Korean surveillance equipment manufacturer known for it outstanding quality and service. The company produces a range of surveillance products including cameras, digital video recorders, multiplexers and converters. Digi-flower is located in Kyunggi-do, South Korea. For more information about the company call +82-31-736-0506 or visit www.dfdvr.com.
About Cradle Technologies
Cradle is a fabless semiconductor company providing the best price/performance, most flexible and most scalable DSP solutions for real-time multimedia applications. Cradle’s multiprocessor DSP architecture innovation delivers high-performance scalable DSP processing with the flexibility, time-to-market and product differentiation benefits of processor-based programmable platforms. Coupled with a Rapid Development System and suite of application software functions, Cradle provides OEMs with all the building blocks necessary to enable flexible yet high-performance DSP designs. Cradle’s corporate headquarters are located in Sunnyvale, California. For more information about the company call 408-636-5000 or visit www.cradle.com.