SOURCE: Cradle

May 08, 2006 11:02 ET

Cradle's Award-Winning CT3616 to Power Matrox Imaging's New Line of Video Capture/Compression Cards

Morphis QxT Supports Real-Time Encoding of 16 CIF or 4 Full D1 Video Streams

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 8, 2006 -- Cradle Technologies, a fabless semiconductor company providing a line of Multi-core DSP chips (MDSPs) for video and imaging systems, and Matrox Imaging, a leading designer of PC-based hardware and software for machine vision, image analysis, medical imaging and video surveillance, have announced that Matrox's upcoming Morphis QxT board product will feature Cradle's latest multi-core DSP (MDSP) chip, the award-winning CT3616, for video customizable image processing and MPEG-4 encoding.

The Matrox Morphis QxT is a 1/2 length ('short card') PCI Express® video capture/compression card whose 16-channel video input supports simultaneous acquisition, live video streaming and compression from up to sixteen independent standard NTSC/PAL video sources such as CCTV cameras. Live video over PCI Express® allows the PC to display one or all of the inputs without having to decode the compressed video streams, saving significant costs on the host. Cradle's CT3616 MDSP, with downloadable firmware, can perform real-time MPEG4 encoding of 16 CIF (352 x 240/288) video streams or 4 full D1 (720 x 480/576) video streams. The Matrox Morphis QxT also features 32 TTL auxiliary I/Os, 16 audio inputs, and a watchdog timer.

"Matrox's Morphis combination of live video streaming over PCI Express® and MDSP processing will enable a wide range of new applications," said Bruce Schulman, Cradle's Vice President of Applications. "Cradle is very happy to provide the enabling processing technology through our multi-core MDSP chip, giving the Matrox Morphis QxT its multi-application, multi-channel video processing capabilities."

The CT3616, the highest performance member of Cradle's CT3600 MDSP family, runs at 350MHz, supports 16 channels of CIF resolution Simple Profile MPEG-4 encoding and can do over 90,000 8-bit MMACS per second. The CT3600 family integrates multiple general purpose processors (GPPs) along with multiple DSPs, improving processor efficiency for control code, as well as the more compute-intensive media processing algorithms. In addition to the multiple DSP and GPP cores, the CT3600 architecture has an intelligent three-tier memory hierarchy that minimizes stalls due to long access times to external memory, a wide and flexible DDR SDRAM interface, a high-performance 64-bit internal global bus, and several dedicated I/O and DRAM DMA engines to meet the high throughput requirements of compute-intensive audio and video-processing applications. A smart I/O subsystem, comprising up to 18 pin-groups of 8 pins each, provides as many as 144 fully programmable pins that can be customized for each application.

"Cradle's CT3616 chip, with its very high processing performance and unique multi-core programming tools, allowed us to infuse the Morphis QxT with very sophisticated video capture and processing capabilities," said Fabio Perelli, Product Manager at Matrox Imaging. "We found Cradle to be a very strong technology partner for developing a product that will give our customers powerful and flexible video capabilities in their end-user systems. We chose Cradle as our supplier because they provided the most complete and flexible solution for our current and future needs."

About the CT3600

The CT3600 family delivers a wide range of price/performance solutions for the rapidly expanding video surveillance market including applications such as IP cameras and streamers, network video recorders (NVRs) and multi-channel digital video recorders (DVRs). In addition, the CT3600 family addresses the performance and integration requirements of the high-performance imaging market including multi-function printer and scanner products, film processing equipment and machine-vision systems. Cradle's MDSPs are also ideal for applications in the broadcast and IP TV head-end market, including encoding, streaming, transcoding, media gateways, and video conferencing.

About Cradle Technologies

Cradle is a fabless semiconductor company providing the best price/performance, most flexible and most scalable DSP solutions for real-time multimedia applications. Cradle's Multi-core DSP architecture innovation delivers high-performance scalable DSP processing with the flexibility, time-to-market and product differentiation benefits of processor-based programmable platforms. Coupled with a Rapid Development System and suite of application software functions, Cradle provides OEMs with all the building blocks necessary to enable flexible yet high-performance DSP designs. Cradle's corporate headquarters are located in Sunnyvale, California. For more information call 408-636-5000 or visit

About Matrox

Established in 1976, Matrox Imaging is a leading designer of PC-based hardware and software for machine vision, image analysis, medical imaging, and video surveillance. Products include frame grabbers, vision processors, imaging platforms, smart cameras, and development software. Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Matrox is a privately held company with international offices in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, and Hong Kong. For more company information, visit:

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