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[News] Tao and Weblogic to develop hardware acceleration for IntentANN.lu
Posted on 11-May-2000 09:55 GMT by Christian Kemp8 comments
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Teemu I. Yliselä writes: Tao Group has announced that the Japanese Weblogic Corporation will be developing a custom VHDL module specifically for accelerating Intent's 2D performance. Intent is Tao's advanced multimedia toolkit used also in Ami. Read more below.
VHDL IP Module specifically targeting Tao’s graphical libraries.

Reading, UK, May 10th 2000 -- Tao Group and Tokyo based Weblogic Corporation, a leading Mobile Group Messaging Service Developer for Internet enabled cellular phones and LSI design specialist, today announced an alliance to develop a custom VHDL module providing hardware 2D acceleration for the intent(TM) Media System.

Today’s announcement highlights Tao’s ability to provide the next generation of mobile network-enabled devices with true multi-media capability.

The partnership will be licensing this technology and LSI IP to manufacturers incorporating Tao’s advanced graphics technologies in the new generation of consumer network appliances.

Y. Kawashima, President of WebLogic Corporation stated: "Even in software alone, WebLogic recognizes that Tao’s leading edge graphics solution is acknowledged as the performance leader worldwide. This technology is clearly vital for next generation, mobile network-enabled emerging applications. WebLogic’s goal to work with Tao on hardware acceleration is to provide the best cost effective and power saving turnkey solutions in the network appliance market which will enable this remarkable technology to reach an even higher performance."

Francis Charig, Chairman of Tao Group said: "By working with WebLogic, we can offer a more powerful multimedia solution, while allowing the manufacturers to use an even cheaper, less power hungry CPU by off-loading graphics functions to WebLogic’s accelerator. Weblogic has great expertise in hardware design, mobile products and some world-class alliances in China and the US upon which Tao can heavily leverage. The fact that silicon providers want to embed hardware support for our libraries in their silicon is evidence that our software has emerged as a de facto standard to be reckoned with."

Notes to Editors:

About Tao The Tao Group is an intellectual property generator and software company specializing in technologies for home and mobile networks. Incorporated in 1992, the Company provides leading edge products for the emerging markets of intelligent consumer devices. The company's philosophy is based on providing powerful frameworks for use right across the range of networked appliances from smart phones to digital television, into which Tao's clients can build in their own branding and incorporate their own added value. Tao's clients include blue chip technology corporations in the United States, Japan and Europe, and its intent toolkit is the applications foundation layer for the New Amiga. Motorola and Sony are investors in Tao Group. Tao is headquartered in Reading, United Kingdom, with offices in Japan and the US, and its staff includes more than fifty world-class software engineers. Tao is a Deloitte & Touche Fast 50 Winner and has won a series of innovation awards for its operating system and Java(TM) based engine.

For more information please see the Tao Group homepage.

About Web Logic

WebLogic Corporation is a Tokyo based technology company specializing in IP development, hardware design, system implementation and service development dedicated to the emerging mobile network market such as network enabled mobile phones and network appliances.

For more information, please see the Weblogic homepage. Contact: y.kawashima@weblogic.co.jp

Tao and Weblogic to develop hardware acceleration for Intent : Comment 1 of 8ANN.lu
Posted by Graham Briggs on 10-May-2000 22:00 GMT
This is nice - I hope the new Amigas have this bit of logic embedded into their graphics chips. Fast hardware based 2D graphics would be great for the Amiga, instead of doing everything in software.
Does this Intent library have 3D functionality?
Tao and Weblogic to develop hardware acceleration for Intent : Comment 2 of 8ANN.lu
Posted by Victor on 10-May-2000 22:00 GMT
So, we will have a powerful Blitter! (Surely better than those in today's VGA-chips, to make sense.) I miss only some sort of a Copper yet!
(About 3D: left it to its masters, NVidia, 3DFX, etc.)
Tao and Weblogic to develop hardware acceleration for Intent : Comment 3 of 8ANN.lu
Posted by ACGregory on 11-May-2000 22:00 GMT
How come the Weblogic website is under construction? No corroborating
information there.
I couldn't find the announcement on the Tao Website under "News"..
what url contains TAOs statement that they are working
with Weblogic?
The announcement you quoted didn't say anything about Amiga
being involved....though it would not be ruled out...
any more info?
Tao and Weblogic to develop hardware acceleration for Intent : Comment 4 of 8ANN.lu
Posted by ACGregory on 11-May-2000 22:00 GMT
Sorry about previous comment...I found press release of TAO
working with Weblogic in their press release section....
Coolll....I hope Amiga/Elate will work with that...
Tao and Weblogic to develop hardware acceleration for Intent : Comment 5 of 8ANN.lu
Posted by Michael Jantzen on 11-May-2000 22:00 GMT
2D graphics I think are very important (especially for us video fx people :)).
I am wondering if you could make some custom i/o processor for an advanced 3D chip (Geforce/3dfx etc etc) to not only manage memory, but also I/O - which is really all the blitter was on the Amiga right?
Michael Jantzen ^_^
Tao and Weblogic to develop hardware acceleration for Intent : Comment 6 of 8ANN.lu
Posted by ACGregory on 11-May-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 5 (Michael Jantzen):
Isn't the "blitter" what made the Amiga even more special?
So that we could move all kinds of data around the screen
without redrawing the screen...If we could have an advanced
2d blitter that would be cool,,,how about an advanced 3D blitter?
even cooler..... that could work with video too, no?
Tao and Weblogic to develop hardware acceleration for Intent : Comment 7 of 8ANN.lu
Posted by Michael Jantzen on 12-May-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 6 (ACGregory):
I believe all the blitter did was fill in boxes and polygons - which is useful for doing 3d - without textures.
Ironically the blitter is only really faster then the CPU on slower (A500 slow...) Amiga's. Or in other words having a blitter on a modern machine would probably be useless.
I believe the Amiga's 2d power (and yes I find even an old A3000 ECS chipset can still do some cool things a new PC can't do) comes from being a planar gfx system, and from having the co-processer (copper) - which I believe is just a series of bitplane/memory pointers that was actually don't by the CIA chips.
Who knows?
Michael Jantzen ^_^
Tao and Weblogic to develop hardware acceleration for Intent : Comment 8 of 8ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 13-May-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 7 (Michael Jantzen):
Better don't put your nose things you aren't familiar with...
Blitters is mainly for mem-copy and 2D-acceleration.
There is a blitter in every latest gfx chips. Amiga's blitter is only slow now because of it's 16-bits @7MHz. Now think about 64/128-bits ones @200 MHz...
And the Copper is much more than just a series of pointers, just ask an 'Amigan'. And CIA's has nothing to do with it and the bit-planes.
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