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RealVision Intros Studio on a Chip; Fully Integrated Video and Graphics Processors

(November 14, 2001)
RealVision announced at InterBEE (Booth No. 6102) the world's first fully unified High-Definition (HD) and Standard-Definition (SD) video and 3D graphics processor -- Studio on a Chip. Based on a powerful video processing engine (Ri5000) and geometry processing engine (Ge5000), the Studio on a Chip will offer Non-linear Editors, Character Generators, Digital Video Effects and Studio Workstation equipment manufacturers a revolutionary new technology for the real-time creation of more compelling video and film content.

"Studio on a Chip ushers in the next phase of video and graphics processing through the integration of these two technologies into a single architecture," stated Dr. Naoshi Sugiyama, Founder, President and CEO of RealVision. "Video and film content are part of our lives, from watching the next major Hollywood blockbuster to viewing training videos produced by major corporations. Studio on a Chip will give producers access to more powerful and cost-effective video and film content creation equipment."

Based on a unique scalable architecture, Studio on a Chip processors give equipment manufacturers flexibility in designing right price/performance level of Non-linear Editor, Character Generator or Digital Video Effects equipment for the range of market segments. Equipment based on Studio on a Chip will become available in Q1/Q2 2002.

"Studio on a Chip is an outstanding piece of technology for the emerging HD and the current SD market segments," said Des Chaskelson, Research Director of SCRI International, the NYC-based broadcast and professional video research firm. "Equipment based on Studio on a Chip will raise the performance level and decrease the cost at the same time. It's a win for the industry and will enable generation of more HD content."

The flexible and fast AGP bus interface and advanced video and 3D processing built into Studio on a Chip will help power the first generation of "Studio Workstations"; PC OEM equipment incorporating video and graphics boards based on Studio on a Chip. Leading DCC and Video software packages based on OpenGL(R) and the new OpenML interface will run on these Studio Workstations giving video and film designers unparalleled flexibility in choice of equipment. Video and graphics boards based on Studio on a Chip will be available in Q1/Q2 2002.

"I am very impressed with the capabilities and potential of the Studio on a Chip for our film and video production and post-production business," said Clark Graff, President of GRANET Studios and GRAFF Network Services, a leading Hollywood production and post-production house. "This Studio on a Chip based solution is just the cruncher that we have been waiting for and will enable us to create more challenging visual effects for the next video and film production."

Key Features of Studio on a Chip

  • Flexible Video Format Support: Fully compatible with all ATSC and DVB formats including HD

  • Advanced Video Processing: Real-time de-interlacing, RGB-> YUV-> RGB color space conversions, up-sampling, gain, contrast, color table effects and FIR filtering

  • Multiple Video Streams: Ability to input, output and process up to two HD or SD streams simultaneously

  • High image-quality: Native processing at 12-bits/component for best visual images

  • High-performance: Up to 50Mpolygons/second setup rate and up to 1600Mpixels/second fill rate for real-time video and graphics effects

  • Film Resolution: Up to 4K by 4K rendering and output support for film quality processing

  • Fast and large frame buffer memory: Support to 1 GB of 256-bit wide 200 MHz DDR SDRAM, 400 MHz data-rate for real-time 3D and uncompressed HD processing

  • Integrated Image Processing: Real-time creation of advanced digital video effects on multiple HD and SD video streams


    The Studio on a Chip processors are sampling now. Equipment and PC OEM systems based on Studio on a Chip technology will be available in Q1/Q2 2002.

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