Ateme Unveils Digital Media Co-processing Kit for DSP and FPGA

6/23/2004 - As a major partner of Altera – FPGA manufacturer – and third party speaker in “Altera Code: DSP Video & Image Processing” seminars throughout North America, Ateme is proud introduce a new development kit complementing its existing audio/video hardware platforms: the DMCK (Digital Media Co-processing Kit), dedicated to collaborative processing between DSP and FPGA.

The kit includes a DMCK board with comprehensive documentation and development tools for DSP (Code Composer Studio from Texas Instruments) and FPGA (Quartus II and SOPC Builder from Altera). The kit value also resides in the delivered software, including:

The board integrates the Altera’s Cyclone EP1C20 FPGA and Texas Instruments’ DM642 that combines outstanding processing capabilities with the interfaces needed for the professional video market. The Cyclone FPGA is directly connected to video encoder and decoder thus allowing video pre- and post-processing. Its link to the DSP (via the EMIF) offers synchronous or asynchronous high rate transfer for co-processing.

It features analog / digital audio and video interfaces as well as many communication links: Ethernet 10/100 MBit/s, UART interfaces: RS232, RS422, Emulation port, Host Port Interface, GPIOs.

This feature-rich development kit, dedicated to Multimedia, Video Security, Video Entertainment, Video Conferencing and many more applications prototyping, is the ideal product to speed up end product time-to-market.

“The DMCK platform allows mixed developments between DSP and FPGA. It also eases a step by step migration of functions from DSP to FPGA.” said François-Xavier PARISOT, Product Line Manager.

Thanks to its long experience in the field of Video Compression algorithms (MPEG-4, MPEG-2, JPEG…), and of course the well-known Audio/Video codec Nero Digital (, Ateme is working on an H.264 encoder for embedded applications (using DSPs and FPGAs). This very high quality encoder is designed to meet the most demanding video appliances expectations. A new kit based on mixed DSP/FPGA architecture, featuring Altera Stratix II and digital I/Os is planned. It is designed for mixed development for H.264 and IP’s. “The improved quality of H.264 requires intense computational power making it a very exciting challenge for real-time implementation. DSP and FPGA mixed design is the key to success”, said Marc GUILLAUMET, Ateme’s Marketing Director.

Ateme, headquartered in France (, is a world-leading provider of hardware and software systems for audio and video compression on DSP. Ateme delivers custom services on top of its development boards and algorithms. Since 2002, Ateme centers its strategy on applicative market-oriented reference designs which target video-security, broadband and consumer electronics domains. The result for OEMs is a faster product design, a shorter time-to-market and overall costs reduction. Ateme operates worldwide thanks to its distribution network in Europe, Asia and North America.

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