Equator Unveils Latest BSP-16 Video Processor Chip

6/19/2003 - Equator Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance, programmable and power-efficient system-on-a-chip (SoC) processors for video streaming and image processing applications, announced the BSP-16 chip, the latest addition to its flagship BSP family of video processors. The BSP-16 chip offers higher system performance, wider chip connectivity, lower system cost, and improved power efficiency to consumer video appliances, multi-function DVD player/recorder devices, video security and surveillance systems and video conferencing systems. Equator will present BSP-16 during the Embedded Processor Forum in San Jose on June 18.

Based on the TSMC 0.13-micron process technology, the BSP-16 chip will operate at up to 500MHz with one to two Watt power consumption. Powered by the Equator signature VLIW core and other on-chip video co-processors, BSP-16 delivers up to 50GOPS of video processing power; at 8 billion MAC operations per second, BSP-16 is the highest performance video-centric DSP available. The BSP-16 maintains Equator’s performance leadership in real-time video processing, compression and decoding as its predecessors, and remains the ideal processor for video conferencing, video security and surveillance, low-bitrate broadband streaming video and digital head-end systems. The combination of performance and power efficiency also makes the BSP-16 the natural choice for applications such as wireless and portable video appliances.

The widest range of audio, video and image compression systems are available on BSP-16,, including Microsoft Windows Media 9 Series (in standard definition and 720p high definition), H.264/AVC, DivX Video, Real Video, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, MP3, AC3, AAC, H.263, JPEG, MJPEG, and On2 VP6. A full suite of network transport, stream management, digital rights management, and user interface tools provide very rapid time-to-market for digital media appliance builders. Noise reduction, stabilization, deinterlacing, object tracking, and face recognition systems offer unique value and product capabilities. 100 percent C/C++ programmability also greatly simplifies and shortens the application development cycle. The BSP-16 chip gives the system builder unmatched flexibility in responding to rapidly evolving standards, at the lowest cost and highest image quality.

Beyond processing video, BSP-16 can serve as the main processor in an embedded system and thereby eliminating the need for an additional microprocessor. BSP-16 natively runs Linux, VxWorks and eCos, with a complete suite of system software such as Java virtual machine, web browsers and user interface. The BSP-16 offers new on-chip peripherals, including a new IDE controller, to further drive down the cost of devices such as personal video recorders (PVRs) and DVDs.

“The next wave of growth of home networking will be driven by video; consumers want to connect their TVs to their home networks right after they connect their PCs. The market opportunity for low-cost, multi-service video devices which support multiple media formats and capabilities is exploding. Equator has been the leading supplier for multi-format low bitrate video solutions. BSP-16 extends our performance and maturity lead, and enables the next wave of lower-cost connected devices as they become ubiquitous,” stated John Setel O’Donnell, co-founder and CTO of Equator Technologies. “The BSP-16 further narrows the cost gap between fixed-function, non-adaptable video chips and our programmable, upgradeable, multi-function solution. This provides the best of both worlds to OEMs – market responsiveness and product differentiation, ongoing upgradeability of units in the field, and cost and power figures which enable cutting-edge product positioning to their customers, whether they are in surveillance looking for a MPEG-4 low bit rate IP camera or a networked digital video recorder (DVR) with extra long recording time or super low bit rate video with WM9 or the new AVC.”

"Equator started out doing revolution, and now they’re doing evolution," says Will Strauss, founder and principal analyst for Forward Concepts. "Equator’s video-DSP shortens the business cycle for OEM manufacturers, making the time from requirements definition through shipment months not years. It’s been gratifying to see Equator move from studio and in-the-network video devices to professional edge devices and now, with the BSP-16, tightly focus on the cost and power requirements of the mass consumer market. The broad consumer market is all about system cost; the BSP-16 development indicates to me that Equator is finding their market and responding to it. We’re in for a couple of years of very interesting consumer video products."

The BSP-16 is the fastest video processor available in the market today and will initially be offered at 500MHz, with 350 and 400MHz speeds becoming available in early 2004 for around $20/chip in volume production.

About Equator Technologies Inc.
Equator Technologies is a provider of high-performance, programmable and power-efficient system-on-a-chip (SoC) processors for video streaming and image processing applications. Equator offers its proprietary BSP family of chips, iMMediaTools® software development toolkit, media libraries and reference platforms to more than 180 customers worldwide. Equator’s video-centric SoC solutions are available for digital media, digital video communications and video security and surveillance applications. Founded in 1996, Equator is a privately held company headquartered in Campbell, California, with additional offices worldwide. More information about Equator is available online at www.equator.com.

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