Ambric Am2045 GT Video Reference Platform

The Ambric Am2045 GT(TM) video reference platform is based on the Ambric Am2045(TM), a massively parallel processor array (MPPA) device with 336 RISC processors. The reference platform is available on Windows® XP and on Apple® Mac OS® X Leopard. Ambric’s Am2000 family of processors and aDesigner(tm) programming tool suite deliver the first practical programming model for massively parallel processing. They enable high-performance, as well as highly scalable solutions, for developers accustomed to using digital signal processors (DSPs) and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).

Ambric chips are 100% software programmable, which enables the reference platform to be extended with new software features and updated for new video processing standards, a compelling advantage over fixed-function video chips. Initial standards supported by the reference platform include MPEG-2 and H.264 High Profile for authoring quality, high-definition resolution. The reference platform will be used for DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and HD DVD authoring, as well as for streaming media and the latest H.264-based Adobe® Flash® CS3 Professoinal video standard. Additional compression formats and other video processing functions will be delivered as field-upgradeable, optional software components throughout 2008.

The Am2045 GT meets the needs of high-end prosumers and video professionals by delivering professional-quality, high-definition video results that are accelerated by up to eight times from within their existing video editing workflow and user interface. The Am2045 GT video reference platform is superior to what is now available in several respects. The reference platform is totally programmable and scalable for a wide range of video processing functions. It provides a superior price-performance solution by accelerating video processing by up to eight times. It reduces complexity and increases reliability, needing just one Am2045 teraOPS-class processor on a small PCI Express® card. The Am2045 GT uses only 15 watts of power while delivering video processing throughput equivalent to four quad-core CPUs. It is easier to install and compatible with a broad range of PCI Express-based computers.

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