Exar acquires configurable processor pioneer to move into digital security

Exar acquires configurable processor pioneer to move into digital security

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The deal provides Exar with the digital technology to deliver an end-to-end high-definition solution for both digital and analog transmission of data from the camera to the digital video recorder (DVR) in surveillance applications.
“Stretch brings several important attributes to Exar," said Louis DiNardo, CEO and president of Exar. "First, the team is excellent and hails from world-class companies where best practices are developed. Second, the Stretch S6000 series and S7000 series products provide Exar a unique platform to integrate complex and high-value discrete components and improve time to market for customers. Perhaps most importantly, the Stretch software configurable processor can support our need for digital processing on both the transmitter and receiver side of uncompressed high-definition composite video transmission up to 1000 meters without the need for expensive repeaters. Coupled with our high-performance analog products we are now positioned to deliver best in class solutions for a wide variety of camera, transmission, and recording technologies in the high growth video surveillance market.”
Craig Lytle, President and CEO of Stretch, will report directly to DiNardo as Senior Vice President of System Products. “Stretch has built a leading position in the video surveillance market and we are both excited and committed to furthering the Exar effort," said Lytle. "We have industry-leading customers who have been committed to our products for years. The combination of Exar and Stretch technology with Exar’s financial strength and sales reach will be a powerful combination.”
Stretch was founded in 2002 in Silicon Valley and in 2004 licensed the Xtensa configurable architecture from Tensilica (now part of Cadence Design Systems) for its S5000 processor. IT combines the Tensilica core with its proprietary Stretch Instruction Set Extension Fabric (ISEF). This is designed specifically for implementing variable-sized ALUs, multipliers, and shifters — all datapath extensions to the processor. The ISEF computes complex functions "in parallel" like an FPGA, but tailored by system designers to meet the needs of their own compute-intensive applications. Using the ISEF, system designers extend the processor instruction set and define new instructions using only their C/C++ application code. As a result, they get C/C++ development simplicity with the performance of logic.
The S7000 family of processors, gained traction in camera systems and digital video recorders through 2012.

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