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Renesas MS7724 and DirectFB

Mar 9, 2010 8:51:45 PM

I have been working lately on a new platform for Storyboard, the Renesas MS7724 Platform.  This is a really nice platform to work with and came with an 800x480 LCD screen.  It has 2D hardware acceleration for blitting including alpha blending and color keying.  It also has multiple display layers, a camera input and onboard video decode.  It is nice to work with a platform which has some horsepower for a change.  I also liked the fact that it booted from a USB key which made it very easy to work with.

Storyboard is running well on the platform and is fully accelerated though the DirectFB driver.  The main core ran right away on the SH platform with no changes.  And with a few tweaks to the DirectFB support animations and transitions are snappy and the layer support is a nice plus.  Next we will be working on the hardware video integration.

Brian

Brian Edmond
Written by Brian Edmond

Brian co-founded Crank Software in 2007, after leading the graphics development group at QNX Software Systems where he spent the majority of his career working and consulting on UI design, embedded software architecture, and web browser technology. As he watched embedded graphics teams struggle, he developed an acute understanding of the common workflow problem between the designers and engineers. Brian built Crank Storyboard out of this need to help these teams collaborate more effectively, optimize for exceptional performance, and get their award-winning touch screens to market, close to 50% faster. A triathlon and mountain biking enthusiast (explaining the name Crank Software), Brian is a regular Ironman and cyclocross participant, and can often be found biking the trails with his co-founders behind the Crank offices in Kanata, Ottawa. Brian holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the Technical University of Nova Scotia.

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