Improv, Denali Combines Tools for Complete Media Processing Solution

3/24/2003 - Improv SystemsTM, a pioneer in application-optimized DSPs, and Denali SoftwareTM, Inc., the leading provider of semiconductor intellectual property (SIP) and electronic design automation (EDA) tools for memory interface design and verification, announced that they will jointly sell Improvís JazzTM BMP (Broadcast-Quality Media Processor) Kits which provide drop-in processing subsystems for popular media applications. The Jazz BMP solution incorporates Denaliís DatabahnTM memory controllers for optimal memory system performance, and includes all applications software, tools, and verification suites for a complete drop-in solution targeted at high-end video applications.

Providing a single source for Improv and Denali products meets the needs of a growing segment of customers who want a streamlined process for acquiring best in class technologies for their SoC designs. "Many of our customers were already using Improv and Denali products in their designs," said Cary Ussery, president and CEO of Improv Systems, Inc. "It makes sense to simplify the acquisition process for end users. By doing this we can also provide a higher degree of integration and cost savings to those customers."

About Jazz BMP
The Jazz BMP kit includes a customized processor, applications software, complete verifications suites and integration blocks for broadcast quality media processing. Targeted at the growing market for high-end video applications, this kit provides the designer with a true drop-in solution for the multi-media requirements of home and automobile infotainment products. Jazz BMP is a platform that supports broadcast quality video and audio processing. It is the first low power solution to support the MPEG4 Advanced Simple Profile (ASP) suitable for broadcast quality video. It also provides the flexibility to support the emerging ITU H.26L standard that many industry experts feel will be the future standard for broadcast video. Support is also provided for the popular audio standards Dolby Digital, Dolby Prologic, and MPEG level 1,2,3 for both encode and decode. These standards support the industry's need for low bit rate, high performance codecs that enable applications such as Video on Demand (VOD) and Personal Video Recording (PVR).

Highlights of the Jazz BMP include D1 (NTSC/PAL) Video Decoding and Encoding including MPEG2 and MPEG4 Advanced Simple Profile, and High End Audio including MPEG L1/2/3 and Dolby Digital.

Each of the Jazz BMP kits include:

Complete Application-Specific Cores

SoC and Implementation Ready

Excellent Software Development Environment

About Databahn Memory Controller Cores
Licensed by over 35 leading semiconductor and system companies, Databahn is the industry leading memory controller IP solution. Databahn memory controller cores are configurable for a wide range of performance requirements and ASIC interfaces. To ensure compatibility with all the latest high-speed memory technologies, the configuration process is tightly integrated with Denali's database of memory component specifications, including all the latest DDRII-SDRAM, DDR-SDRAM, FCRAM, RLDRAM, and DDR/QDR-SRAM devices. Deliverables include: RTL and synthesis scripts, verification testbench, static timing analysis (STA) scripts, programmable register settings, and documentation. The silicon-proven Databahn IP is library independent and covers solutions from .18-micron to .08-micron technologies, and DRAM device frequencies from 100-400MHz (200-800MHz data rate).

About Improv Systems
Improv Systems, Inc. develops and licenses the Jazz PSATM platforms featuring the Jazz DSP and application solution kits for Voice-over-IP, Networking and Emerging Media. Improvís Jazz DSP is a configurable DSP that allows designers to create optimized DSP cores targeted to consumer electronics and telecommunications markets. Through the companyís EnsembleTM Partners program, formed to help accelerate the use and integration of designer-defined DSPs in System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions, Improv customers have access to complementary products and services from companies such as ARM (ARMHY), MIPS Technologies (MIPS, MIPSB), Synopsys (SNPS), Cadence Design Systems (CDN); and Wind River Systems (WIND) among others.

About Denali Software, Inc.
Denali Software Inc. is the worldís leading provider of EDA tools and Semiconductor Intellectual Property (SIP) solutions for chip interface design, integration, and verification. PureSpec is the most robust interface verification solution for bus protocol interfaces. Denaliís Databahn product provides designers with the highest quality solution for producing memory controller cores for all of the new and emerging DRAM memory technologies. Denaliís MMAV product is the de facto industry standard for modeling and simulating memory during all phases of design and verification. Memory selection, memory controller configuration, and memory system performance analysis are supported through Denaliís online infrastructure at More than 400 companies worldwide use Denaliís tools, technology, and services to design and verify complex chip interfaces for communication, consumer, and computer products. For more information, please visit Denali at or contact Denali directly at: 650/461-7200, or email:

The Denali logo, Databahn, eMemory, MMAV, and PureSpec are trademarks of Denali Software, Inc. PCI Express is a trademark of PCI-SIG. Improv, Ensemble, designer-defined DSPs, Jazz DSP, Jazz PSA , Acappella and Crescendo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Improv Systems, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.

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