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3DLABS introduces Linux 2.6.21 developer kit for its DMS-02 media-rich applications processor

Embedded Linux kernel and powerful software tools enable the rapid introduction of next generation portable and embedded devices

London, 12th November 2007: 3DLABS Semiconductor, a pioneer in media-rich application processors, today announced the immediate availability of its Linux 2.6.21 based Software Development Kit (SDK), bringing the latest open source innovations to developers and device makers using its DMS-02 processor to deliver unrivalled application and media processing performance within low power environments.

The SDK provides a suite of development tools and production ready applications, CODECs and libraries that take full advantage of the underlying features and performance of the DMS processor, including:

  • Audio, video and imaging decoders and encoders, including;
    • H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Microsoft® WMV, WMA and VC1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AAC, MP3, Dolby Digital® (AC-3), G.276, Ogg Vobis, Xvid, DivX® X, JPEG and MJPEG
  • Media Player and Framework
  • Photo Browser
  • 2D/3D libraries including OpenGL ES 1.1, DirectFB and support for GTK+
  • Imaging and camera processing pipeline
  • Compute library
  • Powerful GUI toolkit for enhanced user experiences
  • Access to pre-ported applications
    • e.g. Opera™ web browser, messenger client, video conferencing and games such as Sudoku and
  • GCC 4.x Compiler and wide file system support (iffs2, vaffs and ext2)

"Many of our global customers are looking for an open source solution and need it to be compact, feature rich and production ready so that they can get their products to market quickly and efficiently," said Tim Lewis, director marketing, 3DLABS Semiconductor. "By implementing the public domain Linux 2.6.21 kernel ourselves we are able to offer customers a competitive end-to-end solution that leverages our intimate knowledge of the kernel and DMS-02 processor to help ensure that their requirements and deadlines are met."

DMS-02 Processor and Hardware Platform

The Linux SDK supports the DMS-02, a multi-core System-On-Chip that combines two ARM® 926 cores with 3DLABS��s proprietary SIMD array processor and an industry standard set of peripheral functions. The fully programmable array performs all the media intensive tasks such as 2D/3D graphics, video encode/decode and image processing, offloading the ARMs and leaving them free to run CPU friendly tasks. The DMS-02 Hardware Platform supports a wide range of peripheral modules and drivers including; analog and digital displays, LCD touch screens, flash and DDR memory, audio in/out, ethernet, camera sensors, USB 2.0 OTG, IDE, UART and GPIOs. Schematics for the hardware platform and related reference designs are made available to customers


The Linux-based SDK is available immediately and is pre-installed on the DMS-02 Hardware Platform, enabling developers to evaluate the benefits of the DMS-02 processor and begin immediate application development. For more information about 3DLABS Semiconductors processors, technology and digital media software visit: www.3dlabs.com

About ZiiLABS

ZiiLABS is a leader in media-rich application processors, hardware platforms and advanced middleware. Its products enable OEMs, ODMs, System Integrators and Software Developers to deliver industry-leading devices across a broad range of consumer electronics and embedded markets. Originally founded in 1994 as 3DLABS, the company re-branded and joined with the Personal Digital Entertainment group of Creative Technology to form ZiiLABS in January 2009. ZiiLABs with over 800 R&D engineers today has invested US$1billion and 10,000 man years in media processing solutions and has offices in the UK, China, USA and Singapore.

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