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Configurable video processor from Stretch uses less power, has PCIe interface for advanced apps

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Stretch Inc. announced the newest member of its S6000 software configurable processor family. The Stretch S6107 shares the same high-performance S6 engine as other S6000 family members and is optimized for low operating power. Like the Stretch S6106, announced in August 2008, the S6107's compact 17mm x 17mm package makes it ideal for power and space constrained applications requiring high-performance video processing. Included in the new S6107 is a PCIe interface for communicating either with host controllers in embedded applications or directly to the host PC in add-in card applications.

The S6107 has been optimized for video and image processing and is capable of multi-stream H.264 encoding using the Stretch Intelligent Encoder. The bandwidth afforded by its PCIe interface and two high-speed data ports means the processor is equally suited to processing uncompressed video streams or to performing leading edge video analytics. This makes the device ideal for high-performance video capture PC add-in cards, as well as for standalone intelligent video streamers.

In describing the device, Mark Oliver, Stretch director of product marketing said, “The S6107 builds on the success of the S6106. With the addition of PCIe, it can easily interface to host processors and PCs, bringing the winning combination of low operating power and high performance to a new range of applications.”

All S6000 family devices share a common architecture, and the S6107 is compatible with the same development environment and programming methodology used across the family. “Because our S6000 family devices share a common architecture and development environment, designers can select the device with the features that suit their unique applications,” continued Oliver. “This maximizes our customers' re-use of existing application code and minimizes the learning curve when designing for new applications.”

The first Stretch reference design to feature the S6107 is the VCC6008 video capture card. Using a single S6107 device, the VCC6008 card is capable of capturing 8 channels of D1 resolution video at full frame rate. The captured video is de-interlaced and can be preprocessed with image enhancement algorithms and embedded analytics before being transferred to the host computer through the PCIe interface. The VCC6008 card is available as a production-ready OEM card, as well as a development platform for S6107-based designs.

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