Atmel's Low-Cost CAP Starter Kit Hosts Image Viewer Reference Design from PGC
February 27, 2009 -- Atmel Corp. and PGC (Progate Group Corp.) have announced the availability of a JPEG image viewer reference design ported onto the low-cost AT91CAP9A-STK Starter Kit for Atmel's AT91CAP9S customizable microcontroller. When connected to a host PC via its USB device port, the CAP-STK appears as a mass storage device for JPEG images. Running stand-alone, the CAP-STK de-compresses the images and displays them on its VGA screen, using JPEG de-compression and display IP supplied by PGC, and mapped into the FPGA that emulates CAP's Metal Programmable block.
Michel Le Lan, Atmel's Marketing Director for ASICs, commented, "This reference design highlights CAP's benefits for application developers. The JPEG IP is easily mapped into the CAP Metal Programmable block, where it runs extremely efficiently, and can co-exist with other application-specific functions. The USB device port is just one of CAP's many standard interfaces, enabling rapid data transfer from external sources. The CAP Starter Kit is very attractively priced, lowering the barrier to entry for customers with modest development budgets."
E.J. Chiang, PGC's Sales & Marketing Director, commented, "Atmel's CAP series provides a robust ARM platform with a rich IP portfolio. PGC's SOC team can support designers to focus on a customer's own design on the CAP MP block, and provide a better time to market service. This JPEG reference design is just to show one of the many applications targeted by the CAP series and the mature design service provided by PGC. PGC can also provide technical training to customers who have CAP Development Kits. PGC is now ready to launch a design service for customers in Greater China with Atmel's CAP series."
The PGC JPEG Encoder and Decoder IP Blocks used to create this reference design are available now from www.pgc.com.tw/ip-digital.htm.
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