In the field of arcade games and amusement machines, the expressive power of the 3D graphics has risen a notch in recent years. We are now seeing games that give players control from a free perspective in three dimensional space as well as spatial representations that use the depth dimension for displays, and in recent years we have also seen a demand for high resolution, photo-realistic video representations using advanced shader technology and cinematic depictions, as seen in the latest CG animation. As real-time processing allows 3D graphics technology to make further progress to meet these advanced requirements, the entertainment capabilities of arcade games and amusement machines is likely to increase even further.
Consumer game consoles, arcade game machines, pachinko machines, slot machines
The DMP IP core supports various industry standard graphical API specifications that have been established by the Khronos Group. It also complies with industry-standard SoC bus specifications such as OCP and AMBA.
MAESTRO technology is a 3D graphics extension function that DMP has developed independently, which uses hardware to implement various shader functions. This allows PC/console-grade high quality graphical representations to use in various car electronics products in smoothly manner.
DMP uses optimized graphics pipelines and dynamic clock gating to provide low power solutions that are suitable for portable devices where there is a need for long battery life.
SoCs for portable devices impose strict cost requirements. (SoC stands for“System on Chip.”) The DMP IP core provides the smallest gate size of its class available in the embedded industry, which contributes to the development of lower cost SoCs.
The DMP IP core does not just have excellent graphical processing performance, but it boosts the industry’s highest level of processing performance per unit area of silicon. This delivers efficient graphical rendering at lower silicon cost.
The degree of parallelism for the graphics processing pipelines within the DMP IP core can be changed in a scalable manner. This allows the DMP IP core to flexibly support the performance requirements for a wide range of graphics systems, from low-end to high-end graphics systems.
There are various specifications required for graphics for portable devices. The DMP IP core can be customized flexibly in accordance with your demands, in terms of both software and hardware. IP core customization is supported by DMP’s industry-leading development and testing environment.
The MAESTRO technology featured in the DMP IP core can provide a level of shader rendering quality that is normally associated with high-end PC computers, even in amusement machines where the system environment (CPU, memory and so on) is not always fully adequate. The scalable architecture of the DMP IP core can support a wide range of platforms and devices, including both handheld game consoles that need to run on batteries and fixed amusement machines where there is a demand for high rendering performance with full high definition resolution. For example, beautiful, realistic 3D video depictions once required high production costs, but not anymore when the installment of the PICA®200 or SMAPH®-S 3D graphics IP cores in handheld game consoles or fixed amusement machines can achieve the same level of realism at much lower cost.