About 20 years and $200 million in R&D were spent, initially by Lockheed Martin and subsequently Teranex Inc, to create a video supercomputer architecture for real time video processing. A portion of these technologies was implemented in the Realta IC, making it the highest quality video processing IC in the industry. Offering,
Silicon Optix designed the Realta chip with a 3k processor SIMD core, and the ability to run video algorithms extremely efficiently. In fact, one Realta has approximately 70% of the processing power of a $5K GPU-based visualization box, for video processing functions such as convolutions. The Realta is 50X more silicon and power efficient than GPUs for executing video processing algorithms such as de-interlacing and noise reduction. This enables system designers to move HD video processing to a software platform. This technology is now offered by GEO Semiconductor, post its acquisition of the Realta and sxW2 ICs, along with key IP. With the acquisition of key products and IP from Silicon Optix, GEO semiconductor now makes this capability available to system designers.
A Realta chip runs all the video processing algorithms on the SIMD processor in software. This architecture allows system designers to mix and match their own IP with GEO Semiconductor IP. System designers can now eliminate development of expensive custom ICs intended to provide and / or maintain market differentiation using this platform.
Realta encompasses a trillion ops/sec SIMD core allowing for full 1080P HD video processing in software. In addition to the SIMD, the Realta includes a number of system blocks as well as a 32-bit RISC processor. The Realta chip is well suited for upper tiers of the video processing markets that demand the utmost in video quality as well as the opportunity to mix and match customers’ own IP and tune the algorithms for product differentiation. Realta has received immense accolades and recognition.
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With the illumination transition to LED and laser diodes underway, there will be a veritable explosion in the use of optical systems of various types. Geometry processing moves the correction of the optics, as well as many new optical features, to the digital domain where digital semiconductor devices (riding Moore’s Law) can turn low cost optical systems with low cost poor quality assembly and hence poor optical performance, into perfect solutions with digital correction. The traditional approach to optical systems design is that an optics team develops the optics and an electronics team develops the needed circuits. sxW2 makes it possible to look at a system in a new way – actually make trade-offs between the optics and electronic systems to arrive at optimal solutions. For example, all optical design consists of trading off things like focus, lateral color, depth of field, distortion, etc. sxW2 allows designers to optimize focus, for example, at the expense of distortion and lateral color that can be corrected digitally.
The sxW2 IC represents the 3rd generation of geometry processing and was launched in 2008. It is the only device with three sub-pixel precision warp engines (RGB) to enable a wide range of distortion, lateral color correction, security/surveillance, pico-projectors, automotive (rear view camera, 360 view), video blending and other applications. Its growth will be driven by the transition of illumination to HBLEDs and laser diodes. sxW2 will enable large screen ultra thin and light laser TVs that will consume 70% less power and become the green displays of the future. sxW2 can also correct color and brightness uniformity issues for large LCDs.