3DLABS Unveils Linux 2.6.21 Software Development Kit for DMS-02

3DLABS Semiconductor, a pioneer in media-rich application processors, announced the immediate availability of its Linux 2.6.21 based Software Development Kit (SDK), bringing the latest open source innovations to developers and device makers using its DMS-02 processor to deliver unrivalled application and media processing performance within low power environments.

The SDK provides a suite of development tools and production ready applications, CODECs and libraries that take full advantage of the underlying features and performance of the DMS processor, including:

  • Audio, video and imaging decoders and encoders, including: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Microsoft(R) WMV, WMA and VC1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AAC, MP3, Dolby Digital(R) (AC-3), G.276, Ogg Vobis, Xvid, DivX(R) X, JPEG and MJPEG
  • Media Player and Framework
  • Photo Browser
  • 2D/3D libraries including OpenGL ES 1.1, DirectFB and support for GTK+
  • Imaging and camera processing pipeline
  • Compute library
  • Powerful GUI toolkit for enhanced user experiences
  • Access to pre-ported applications (e.g. Opera(TM) web browser, messenger client, video conferencing and games such as Sudoku)
  • GCC 4.x Compiler and wide file system support (iffs2, vaffs and ext2)

“Many of our global customers are looking for an open source solution and need it to be compact, feature rich and production ready so that they can get their products to market quickly and efficiently,” said Tim Lewis, director marketing, 3DLABS Semiconductor. “By implementing the public domain Linux 2.6.21 kernel ourselves we are able to offer customers a competitive end-to-end solution that leverages our intimate knowledge of the kernel and DMS-02 processor to help ensure that their requirements and deadlines are met.”

DMS-02 Processor and Hardware Platform
The Linux SDK supports the DMS-02, a multi-core System-On-Chip that combines two ARM® 926 cores with 3DLABS’s proprietary SIMD array processor and an industry standard set of peripheral functions. The fully programmable array performs all the media intensive tasks such as 2D/3D graphics, video encode/decode and image processing, offloading the ARMs and leaving them free to run CPU friendly tasks. The DMS-02 Hardware Platform supports a wide range of peripheral modules and drivers including; analog and digital displays, LCD touch screens, flash and DDR memory, audio in/out, ethernet, camera sensors, USB 2.0 OTG, IDE, UART and GPIOs. Schematics for the hardware platform and related reference designs are made available to customers.

The Linux-based SDK is available immediately and is pre-installed on the DMS-02 Hardware Platform, enabling developers to evaluate the benefits of the DMS-02 processor and begin immediate application development.

About 3DLABS Semiconductor
3DLABS Semiconductor is a pioneering fabless semiconductor supplier of fully programmable media processors that deliver a rich mix of video, imaging, 2D/3D graphics, audio and floating-point capabilities. Based on an array of floating-point processing elements and dual ARM® cores the architecture has the performance, flexibility and low power consumption required to target a broad range of devices; portable media players, navigation systems, automotive infotainment, video conference and surveillance, mobile handsets and embedded systems. 3DLABS was originally founded in 1994 and has experience in developing fully programmable visual computing solutions with expertise in complex silicon design, parallel processing, hardware design and software development, including pioneering work on OpenGL 2.0 and OpenGL ES. 3DLABS has design centres based in England, and offices in Milpitas, California and Huntsville, Alabama. 3DLABS Semiconductor is currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd.

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