Texas Instruments Enables DSP High-Speed Printing Applications With Free End-to-End Software Platform

New Freeware Simplifies DSP Design, Speeds Time to Market for Printer OEMs



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Texas Instruments Incorporated Semiconductor Group

    DALLAS, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to further the development of
 advanced printing applications using digital signal processors (DSPs), Texas
 Instruments Incorporated (NYSE:   TXN) (TI) is offering its end-to-end software
 platform to imaging original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and TI third party
 developers for free.  TI's xStream DSP(TM) Technology Software Platform
 simplifies the design of high-speed printers based on DSPs, by offering a
 complete imaging pipeline that has been modularized and well documented.  This
 DSP software platform enables OEMs to rapidly take advantage of the DSP's
 flexibility, performance and system cost savings.  The software is available
 to any imaging OEMs including those designing products that range from simple
 desktop ink-jet printers to networked color laser printers, plus copiers,
 scanners and emerging imaging Internet applications.  (See
 http://www.ti.com/sc/xstreamdsp.)
     The free software provides a complete end-to-end printer imaging backbone,
 including TI's RealTIme RIP(TM) (raster image processing) subsystem.
 Functionality includes network and local connectivity, page description
 language (PDL) interpretation, page rendering, compression/decompression and
 screening.  The software is modular, thoroughly documented and downloadable
 from TI's Web site, making it useful as both a learning vehicle and a
 launching platform for the creation of DSP-based printing applications.  In
 addition to the software, customers can order a DSP development system with a
 programmable engine interface for lashing up to laser or inkjet printer
 engines.
     Third-party software and services including device driver technologies
 from Software 2000, Universal Font Scaling Technology(R) (UFST(R)) from Agfa
 Monotype and the DSPLinux(TM) embedded OS from RidgeRun, as well as hardware
 and software development and integration services provided by companies such
 as CompuMetric Labs and Wipro Technologies, are available under a separate
 agreement to help OEMs develop turnkey printing solutions.
     "TI's xStream DSP Technology is well suited for the legacy PDL
 architectures of today, as well as the next generation of hardcopy appliances
 requiring programmability, flexibility, performance and advanced connectivity
 options previously unavailable in printing applications," said Eric Braddom,
 manager of the DSP Imaging business at TI.  "By offering our software for
 free, we are driving down the system cost, risk and learning curve that OEMs
 face in undertaking an advanced DSP-based printer design."
 
     An End-to-End Printing Solution
     TI's C6000(TM) family of DSPs supplies outstanding performance for the
 math-intensive calculations used in next generation hard copy appliances
 running advanced imaging applications.  When combined with TI's in-depth
 expertise in imaging software, digital motor and motion control as well as
 wired and wireless communications, xStream DSP Technology provides a pivotal
 solution for the development of future networked printing and imaging
 appliances.
     At the heart of the xStream DSP Technology Software Platform is the Real-
 TIme RIP pipeline, which applies DSP performance to speed repetitive pixel
 operations.  These include rendering fonts, fills and graphics primitives,
 clipping print areas, compression and decompression of images in compliance
 with JPEG and other standards, screening for monochrome and color images, and
 a variety of other functions.  In addition, the xStream platform provides
 building blocks for other related operations such as copy processing, photo
 printing, inkjet motor/motion control and connectivity solutions such as
 Ethernet, Bluetooth(TM) and 1394.  PDL support includes source code access for
 the PCLxL 2.1 Color pipeline, with PCL font technology available from Agfa
 Monotype.
 
     Product Availability
     Information about the xStream DSP Technology Software Platform can be
 found at www.ti.com/sc/xstreamdsp, including details about licensing and
 downloading the platform source code for free.  The software operates on TI's
 xStream DSP Development Platform, priced at $25,000, or on TI's TMS6711 DSP
 Starter Kit (DSK), priced at $295.
 
     Texas Instruments Incorporated is the world leader in digital signal
 processing and analog technologies, the semiconductor engines of the Internet
 age.  The company's businesses also include sensors and controls, and
 educational and productivity solutions.  TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas,
 and has manufacturing or sales operations in more than 25 countries.
 
     Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the
 symbol TXN.  More information is located on the World Wide Web at:
 http://www.ti.com
 
     Trademarks:
     xStream DSP, RealTIme RIP, and TMS320C6000 are trademarks of Texas
 Instruments Incorporated.
 
 

SOURCE Texas Instruments Incorporated Semiconductor Group
    DALLAS, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to further the development of
 advanced printing applications using digital signal processors (DSPs), Texas
 Instruments Incorporated (NYSE:   TXN) (TI) is offering its end-to-end software
 platform to imaging original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and TI third party
 developers for free.  TI's xStream DSP(TM) Technology Software Platform
 simplifies the design of high-speed printers based on DSPs, by offering a
 complete imaging pipeline that has been modularized and well documented.  This
 DSP software platform enables OEMs to rapidly take advantage of the DSP's
 flexibility, performance and system cost savings.  The software is available
 to any imaging OEMs including those designing products that range from simple
 desktop ink-jet printers to networked color laser printers, plus copiers,
 scanners and emerging imaging Internet applications.  (See
 http://www.ti.com/sc/xstreamdsp.)
     The free software provides a complete end-to-end printer imaging backbone,
 including TI's RealTIme RIP(TM) (raster image processing) subsystem.
 Functionality includes network and local connectivity, page description
 language (PDL) interpretation, page rendering, compression/decompression and
 screening.  The software is modular, thoroughly documented and downloadable
 from TI's Web site, making it useful as both a learning vehicle and a
 launching platform for the creation of DSP-based printing applications.  In
 addition to the software, customers can order a DSP development system with a
 programmable engine interface for lashing up to laser or inkjet printer
 engines.
     Third-party software and services including device driver technologies
 from Software 2000, Universal Font Scaling Technology(R) (UFST(R)) from Agfa
 Monotype and the DSPLinux(TM) embedded OS from RidgeRun, as well as hardware
 and software development and integration services provided by companies such
 as CompuMetric Labs and Wipro Technologies, are available under a separate
 agreement to help OEMs develop turnkey printing solutions.
     "TI's xStream DSP Technology is well suited for the legacy PDL
 architectures of today, as well as the next generation of hardcopy appliances
 requiring programmability, flexibility, performance and advanced connectivity
 options previously unavailable in printing applications," said Eric Braddom,
 manager of the DSP Imaging business at TI.  "By offering our software for
 free, we are driving down the system cost, risk and learning curve that OEMs
 face in undertaking an advanced DSP-based printer design."
 
     An End-to-End Printing Solution
     TI's C6000(TM) family of DSPs supplies outstanding performance for the
 math-intensive calculations used in next generation hard copy appliances
 running advanced imaging applications.  When combined with TI's in-depth
 expertise in imaging software, digital motor and motion control as well as
 wired and wireless communications, xStream DSP Technology provides a pivotal
 solution for the development of future networked printing and imaging
 appliances.
     At the heart of the xStream DSP Technology Software Platform is the Real-
 TIme RIP pipeline, which applies DSP performance to speed repetitive pixel
 operations.  These include rendering fonts, fills and graphics primitives,
 clipping print areas, compression and decompression of images in compliance
 with JPEG and other standards, screening for monochrome and color images, and
 a variety of other functions.  In addition, the xStream platform provides
 building blocks for other related operations such as copy processing, photo
 printing, inkjet motor/motion control and connectivity solutions such as
 Ethernet, Bluetooth(TM) and 1394.  PDL support includes source code access for
 the PCLxL 2.1 Color pipeline, with PCL font technology available from Agfa
 Monotype.
 
     Product Availability
     Information about the xStream DSP Technology Software Platform can be
 found at www.ti.com/sc/xstreamdsp, including details about licensing and
 downloading the platform source code for free.  The software operates on TI's
 xStream DSP Development Platform, priced at $25,000, or on TI's TMS6711 DSP
 Starter Kit (DSK), priced at $295.
 
     Texas Instruments Incorporated is the world leader in digital signal
 processing and analog technologies, the semiconductor engines of the Internet
 age.  The company's businesses also include sensors and controls, and
 educational and productivity solutions.  TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas,
 and has manufacturing or sales operations in more than 25 countries.
 
     Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the
 symbol TXN.  More information is located on the World Wide Web at:
 http://www.ti.com
 
     Trademarks:
     xStream DSP, RealTIme RIP, and TMS320C6000 are trademarks of Texas
 Instruments Incorporated.
 
 SOURCE  Texas Instruments Incorporated Semiconductor Group

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