Multi-media comes to the PMC market

Peritek has launched a new PMC-based multi-media card that provides audio I/O, video capture, a graphic display with a resolution up to 1900 x 1200 and a USB 2.0 controller.

Dubbed the Sirena/PMC, the new card features Peritek’s 128-bit Borealis graphics processor and supports 2D, 3D, OpenGL, and DirectX-compatible displays in Solaris, Linux, Windows, LynxOS, and VxWorks environments.

“The Sirena/PMC is an ideal solution for capturing and displaying audio and video from standard off-the-shelf USB 2.0 peripherals including digital video cameras,” said Victor Gold, Vice President of Graphics Technology. “It quickly adds multimedia functionality to any computer that has a single available PMC slot.”

Sirena/PMC’s Borealis graphics accelerator supports screen resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 with up to 16.7 million colours (32 bpp) and is supported with 16 Mbytes (32 MB optional) of high speed SGRAM display memory which provides ample local storage for image and off-screen data such as texture maps, Z-buffer, and backing store.

Software support for the Borealis includes drivers for Solaris, Linux, and Windows. With its 128-bit wide memory bus, the Borealis can draw up to sixteen 256-color pixels each memory cycle for a raw drawing speed of 2 Gbytes/sec.

Using the new PLX Technology PCI 6520-CA, the board supports all currently available PMC interfaces from 32-bit, 33 MHz PCI to 64-bit, 133 MHz PCI-X.

The board’s four-channel USB 2.0 host controller supports data rates in excess of 400 Mbit/sec, two primary channels available on the front panel (mini-AB USB OTG style) and two secondary channels via the optional rear-panel I/O connector. Only one USB OTG connector is available when the audio jacks are installed.

Video input is provided via an on-board Conexant Bt878A quad-input digitizer for NTSC, PAL, or SECAM composite video or S-Video capture. The video input option uses spare pins on the optional DVI-I connector. A breakout cable splits the functions into a DVI connector, BNC connectors for video input, and the Ch 2 USB connector.

Audio I/O, mono or stereo, is provided with a Micronas UAC 3555B USB Stereo CODEC. Two 3.5 mm ‘Walkman’-style stereo connectors are located on the front panel. The card’s audio subsystem includes a 5-band equalizer, volume, balance, tone controls, and dynamic range control.

To simplify boot-up in different operating system environments, the Sirena/PMC features a custom BIOS that supports both VGA and FCode. This enables the board to operate in virtually any x86 or SPARC system using VGA, Sync On Green (SOG), or DVI displays.

Software provided by Peritek includes SDL (Standard Drawing Library) a compact, scaleable graphics subroutine package for Linux, VxWorks and LynxOS. Windows drivers are available for 2000/XP. For SPARC-based systems, Peritek offers Solaris 2.6 – 9 SunX DDX drivers and GLDX, a 3D OpenGL acceleration package.

Audio and USB 2.0 support is provided for Solaris and Windos. Third-party drivers are also available.

Pricing for the standard configuration, including VGA out, 16MBytes SGRAM, Audio I/O & mini-USB is $866 in 100 piece quantities.

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