Case study for the Argon Design project for StarLeaf. – Electronic design services with Argon Design Ltd.

Multimedia Video Conferencing

Skill sets used

Multimedia, Image and Video Processing, Embedded products, Electronic engineering, Algorithms and mathematics, Software engineering, Network processing and DPI, Product definition

The Challenge

As an innovative technology start-up, StarLeaf recognised the importance of minimising time to market and reducing risk during the product development process. They also needed to extend their product range faster than they could recruit their own in house development team.

StarLeaf’s solution was to select Argon Design to develop their Group Telepresence system, which forms a key component in their recently announced voice and video solution for enterprise communications.

Our Approach

Working from StarLeaf’s initial product brief, we were able to create a detailed product specification and take this through all stages of development to a completed solution ready for volume manufacture. Argon Design’s multi-disciplinary team managed the whole project; providing the schematic and PCB designs, FPGA design, multicore software for test and the basic operating framework, production and test of the prototype units.

At the heart of the system we used a TILEPro64 from Tilera Corp, which provided a multicore processing engine running an embedded version of Linux. This interfaces with multiple High Definition video input and output streams through a Virtex 5 FPGA.

The Outcome

StarLeaf were able to make use of Argon Design's multi skilled development team to develop the product in parallel with building their in house design team, enabling a significantly earlier market launch than would have been possible if they had to develop all the components of their communications solutions in-house.

See http://starleaf.com/room for more information on the Telepresence system.

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