DALSA will be demonstrating a prototype of the workstation at NAB, based on Aspex's Accelera 3000 family of PCI cards, which integrate four Linedancer chips onto a simple PC plug-in card. Harnessing the power of 16,384 processor cores, the solution is able to de-Bayer RAW 4K image files at up to five frames per second, which is 10 to 40 times faster than CPU based software solutions.
"At a technical level, we chose the Aspex platform because of its unique combination of software programmability, scalable performance, and fast time-to-market", said John Coghill, Vice President and General Manager of DALSA Digital Cinema. "But the real magic is what it delivers to our customers—the ability to work with our 16-bit, 4K images, efficiently and cost effectively. It's like having an entire render farm in a single workstation."
Aspex's Linedancer processors accelerate key processor-intensive tasks required to convert ultra-high quality, 16-bit RAW Bayer image data captured by the DALSA Origin camera into standard RGB 4K film formats, as well as providing high quality, downscaled "Super 2K" images.
"We're delighted to welcome DALSA as a partner", said Paul Greenfield, CEO of Aspex Semiconductor. "As the leading player in digital cinematography cameras, DALSA's 4K images are amongst the most demanding image processing applications we have seen in terms of quality and throughput, so it is a great match for our leading-edge platforms. With 8 million pixels per frame, and the requirement for full 16-bit dynamic range, our ability to handle tens of thousands of pixels in a single clock cycle leaves even the latest multi-core server farms in the dust, offering significantly reduced cost, space, heat, noise, and power supply requirements."
DALSA and Aspex have entered into a long-term partnership agreement, which includes a limited-term exclusivity period for DALSA in the Digital Cinema market, linked to certain volume commitments.
"As a silicon vendor, we don't usually engage in exclusivity discussions with customers. However, DALSA's market leadership in digital image capture, together with the similar mindset of our two companies, led us to a commercial agreement which makes sense for both sides." said Paul Greenfield, CEO of Aspex Semiconductor. "We anticipate that DALSA will be a multi-million dollar customer over the next few years. The exclusive relationship ensures that we'll focus 100% on enabling DALSA's success, and giving them early access to our latest technology platforms, helping maintain DALSA's competitive edge in this high growth market."
About DALSA Digital Cinema
DALSA Digital Cinema is a leader in the development and commercialization of 4K digital motion picture capture tools. The company's flagship product, the DALSA Origin II, is widely acknowledged as the best cinematography camera available. The camera captures at 4K resolution, the industry's preferred image capture and archiving resolution format. Designed for cinematographers with 35mm cine lenses and a through-the-lens reflex viewfinder, the award winning camera combines industry leading 4K output with the widest possible exposure latitude for the highest quality motion picture production. The camera is distributed exclusively through the company's state of the art, full service camera rental facility in Woodland Hills, California.
About DALSA Corporation
DALSA is an international leader in high performance digital imaging and semiconductors with more than 1000 employees world-wide. Established in 1980, the Company designs, develops, manufactures, and markets digital imaging products and solutions, in addition to providing semiconductor products and services. DALSA's core competencies are in specialized integrated circuit and electronics technology, software, and highly engineered semiconductor wafer processing. Products and services include image sensor components (CCD and CMOS); electronic digital cameras; vision processors; image processing software; and semiconductor wafer foundry services for use in MEMS, high-voltage semiconductors, image sensors and mixed-signal CMOS chips. DALSA is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "DSA" and has its corporate offices in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
About Aspex Semiconductor Limited
Aspex Semiconductor is a leading edge fabless semiconductor company specialising in the development of ultra-high performance, software programmable "Extreme Processors", integrating thousands of processing cores onto a single chip. These high-performance programmable processors replace FPGAs, ASICs and DSPs at a fraction of the cost.
Aspex enables customers to reduce component costs, shorten time to market and reduce risk by moving to software defined platforms. In addition, the company offers services and solutions to speed adoption of Aspex products, including the Accelera family of PCI plug-in cards, and the Advanced Video Encoder, the world's first multi-format HD video compression platform. Aspex Semiconductor has successfully demonstrated its architecture in the market place and by utilising the unique benefits of the Aspex processor family, customers are able to keep pace with the most demanding market conditions. Headquartered in Buckinghamshire, UK, Aspex serves clients and partners worldwide.
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