TAK Imaging Unveils New Rapid Prototyping Platform for Next Generation Photo Printers; Solution Speeds Development and Time-to-Market for Dye Sub Models

Sept. 27, 2005--TAK Imaging today announced full availability of a complete hardware and software development solution for accelerated and streamlined development of next generation dye sublimation photo printers. The TAK Imaging SKRRPP-DS rapid prototyping platform (RPP) enables developers to significantly shorten time-to-market design cycles, reuse software development efforts and integrate a range of competitive price/performance based features in printer designs.

"Our new RPP gives designers the most cost-effective tools and solution available to quickly develop a range of next generation dye sublimation photo printers -- from ultra-low cost devices to robust, full featured systems," said TAK Imaging CEO, Doug Goodyear.
Powering the new platform is the TAK S1, a highly integrated System-on-Chip (SOC) that delivers industry-leading image processing performance of 2.4 seconds for a four-mega pixel dye sublimation print. Software for direct print application support from PCs, memory cards and PictBridge enabled cameras as well as software development tools for the embedded processors on the TAK S1 are also part of the package.
Featuring a highly flexible engine interface for seamless connection to all types of Dye Diffusion Thermal Transfer (D2T2) engines, the complete RPP package includes a development board with
-- Up to 128 Mbytes of DRAM
-- Connectors for all popular memory cards
-- USB 2.0 Host and Device connectors
-- JTAG connectors for software development and debug
-- Other connectors for LCD, TV out and keyboard
The TAK Imaging RPP enables software developers to easily write and debug code on the platform for tasks as diverse as developing a new GUI to supporting a new engine. Easy access to the software modules allow developers to make changes or add features for photo printer designs that support multiple price/performance points using the same underlying hardware and software base.
The SKRRPP-DS ships with a complete set of PC-based development tools, including compilers, linkers, and debuggers for the ARM and VersaRISC(TM)controllers for code written in C and C++. The package also includes a compiler, a performance analyzer and a simulator for the integrated Image Processing Engine (IPE) Digital Signal Processor on the TAK S1, enabling developers to fine tune their DSP algorithms for optimal performance. TAK Imaging also provides support to OEMs for development projects by providing schematics, application notes, design tips and training on hardware and software.
The SKRRPP-DS is available now. Please contact TAK Imaging sales for pricing and delivery.
About TAK Imaging
TAK Imaging is a leader in providing the consumer photo printer market with ready-to-customize, system solutions including imaging technologies, semiconductors and software. Headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., TAK Imaging has offices in Mobile, Alabama, France and Japan.
VersaRISC is a trademark of TAK Imaging. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Posted: Tue - September 27, 2005 at 09:15 AM