Vivante Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) Technology Selected by Cavium Networks

SUNNYVALE, CA – September 22, 2009 – Vivante Corporation today announced that Cavium Networks, a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications, wireless, video, and storage applications, has selected Vivante’s GPU technology to power rich graphical user interfaces (GUIs) in their ARM-based processor family. The Cavium Networks ARM-based processor family with Vivante’s GPU technology will be used by networking, storage and consumer electronic equipment manufacturers building intelligent and interactive FTTH broadband routers, network attached storage appliances, Internet media players, picture frames and other connected home and office equipment.

“Vivante graphics solutions enable our licensees to deliver a differentiated end user experience which is tightly linked to the middleware and application ecosystem,” said Wei-Jin Dai, President and CEO of Vivante Corporation.  “We are proud to welcome Cavium Networks to the growing list of silicon solutions incorporating our GPUs.”

“Vivante’s GPU technology will provide Cavium’s customers with a rich set of graphic capabilities so they can build interactive and feature rich user interfaces,” said Sridhar Gollapudi, Head of Marketing, Connected Home and Office Group at Cavium Networks. “We are extremely pleased with the excellent support and high performance of the Vivante GPU solution. We look forward to working with the talented Vivante team to bring world-class user interface capabilities to next generation connected home and office devices.”

About Vivante Corporation

Vivante Corporation is an embedded graphics technology leader, licensing its Mobile Visual Reality to semiconductor solution providers that serve embedded computing markets for mobile gaming, high-definition home entertainment, image processing, and automotive display and entertainment.  The Vivante ScalarMorphicTM architecture brings a PC-quality visual experience to embedded systems.  Vivante GPUs produce the highest performance per square millimeter in less silicon area, compared to other licensable GPU cores.  Vivante delivers silicon-proven, low-power, high-performance graphics conformant with the OpenGL ES 2.0/1.1 and OpenVG API standards.  Vivante GPU IP also fully supports the Android platform.  The Vivante development environment is used by a worldwide network of application developers and ecosystem partners.  Vivante is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with an R&D center in Shanghai, China.  For more information please visit Vivante online.

About Cavium Networks

Cavium Networks is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing in networking, communications, storage, wireless, video and security applications. Cavium Networks offers a broad portfolio of integrated, software-compatible processors ranging in performance from 10Mbps to 20Gbps that enable secure, intelligent functionality in enterprise, data-center, broadband/consumer and access & service provider equipment.  Cavium Networks processors are supported by ecosystem partners that provide operating systems, tool support, reference designs and other services.  Cavium Networks principal offices are in Mountain View, California with design team locations in California, Massachusetts, India and Taiwan.  For more information, please visit: www.caviumnetworks.com.

 

Ultimate Mini-ITX HD Multimedia Platform Combines DX10.1 and Dual HDMI through both Discrete and Integrated Graphics

Taipei, Taiwan, September 22, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the first ever Mini-ITX board to feature a dedicated on-board graphics processor and dual HDMI ports. The VIA VB8003 is ideally suited for a range of advanced digital media applications, supporting the latest advanced HD codecs and DX10.1 graphics. A wide range of connectivity options are available, including four display configurations using the VIA VB8003’s two HDMI, DVI and VGA ports.

The VIA VB8003 takes advantage of the ‘VIA Trinity’ platform, the codename for a unique combination of 64-bit VIA Nano processor, VIA VX800 media system processor and a dedicated S3 Graphics processor; producing a perfect blend of Hi-Def video playback, DX10.1 graphics and multiple display connectivity, all within a ruthlessly low, industry-leading thermal envelope.

The VIA VB8003 Mini-ITX board can utilize the integrated graphics of the VIA VX800 MSP in tandem with the dedicated S3 Graphics processor to offer developers the widest possible variety of multi-display configurations, including dual-HDMI, LVDS, DVI and VGA technologies. Powering HD content playback across as many as four uniquely configured displays, with supported resolutions of up to and beyond 1080p, the VIA VB8003 is a HD powerhouse, ideal for a range of next-generation digital interactive devices and digital signage applications.

"The VIA VB8003 is the first Mini-ITX board to harness the unique performance efficiency of the VIA Nano processor combined with a dedicated HD capable DX10.1 graphics processor," said Daniel Wu, Vice President of VIA Embedded, VIA Technologies, Inc. "We are confident that the HD adept VB8003 will be massive hit with developers of the latest digital multimedia devices, making it easier than ever to employ high resolution, compression intensive content across multiple displays."

About the VIA VB8003

The VIA VB8003 Mini-ITX board is powered by a 1.6GHz VIA Nano processor coupled with the VIA VX800 media system processor and the S3 Graphics 435 ULP graphics processor. Supporting up to 4GB of DDR2 system memory, the VIA VB8003’s dedicated GPU can take advantage of 256MB of dedicated GDDR3 graphics memory.

On-board I/O includes dual HDMI, a DVI port, VGA port and two RCA jacks, dual Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, serial and PS2 ports. Storage includes two S-ATA ports, a 40-pin IDE and a type 2 Compact Flash slot.

The S3 Graphics 435 ULP Graphics Processor

The S3 Graphics 435 ULP dedicated graphics processor is specially designed to provide advanced multimedia capabilities for next-generation embedded applications and is the lowest power DX10.1 GPU on the market today. The S3 Graphics 435 ULP is a 64-bit processor that supports the latest display connectivity technologies, a DirectX 10.1 graphics engine and OpenGL 2.1 unified shader.

Featuring the ChromotionHD™ engine, a fully programmable video architecture with true HD quality 1080p playback on the latest HD standards including Blu-ray Disk, H.264, VC-1, WMV-9, MPEG-2/4 and AVS, the S3 Graphics 435 ULP offers stunningly smooth HD playback at resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600 pixels.

For more information about the VIA VB8003 please visit:

About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc is the foremost fabless supplier of power efficient x86 processor platforms that are driving system innovation in the PC, client, ultra mobile and embedded markets. Combining energy-saving processors with digital media chipsets and advanced connectivity, multimedia and networking silicon enables a broad spectrum of computing and communication platforms, including its widely acclaimed ultra compact mainboards. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA’s global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world’s top OEMs and system integrators. www.via.com.tw

 

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