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MAP3D: a media processor approach for high-end 3D graphics
Author(s): Lucia Darsa; Steven Stadnicki; Chris Basoglu
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Paper Abstract

Equator Technologies, Inc. has used a software-first approach to produce several programmable and advanced VLIW processor architectures that have the flexibility to run both traditional systems tasks and an array of media-rich applications. For example, Equator's MAP1000A is the world's fastest single-chip programmable signal and image processor targeted for digital consumer and office automation markets. The Equator MAP3D is a proposal for the architecture of the next generation of the Equator MAP family. The MAP3D is designed to achieve high-end 3D performance and a variety of customizable special effects by combining special graphics features with high performance floating-point and media processor architecture. As a programmable media processor, it offers the advantages of a completely configurable 3D pipeline--allowing developers to experiment with different algorithms and to tailor their pipeline to achieve the highest performance for a particular application. With the support of Equator's advanced C compiler and toolkit, MAP3D programs can be written in a high-level language. This allows the compiler to successfully find and exploit any parallelism in a programmer's code, thus decreasing the time to market of a given applications. The ability to run an operating system makes it possible to run concurrent applications in the MAP3D chip, such as video decoding while executing the 3D pipelines, so that integration of applications is easily achieved--using real-time decoded imagery for texturing 3D objects, for instance. This novel architecture enables an affordable, integrated solution for high performance 3D graphics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 December 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3970, Media Processors 2000, (29 December 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.375233
Show Author Affiliations
Lucia Darsa, Equator Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Steven Stadnicki, Equator Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Chris Basoglu, Equator Technologies, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3970:
Media Processors 2000
Sethuraman Panchanathan; V. Michael Bove Jr.; Subramania I. Sudharsanan, Editor(s)

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