Gemicer becomes Connex Technology

MAY 27--Gemicer (Manchester, NH), developer of the ConnexArray digital image-processing platform, has changed its name to Connex Technology (www.connextechnology.com).

MAY 27--Gemicer (Manchester, NH), developer of the ConnexArray digital image-processing platform, has changed its name to Connex Technology (www.connextechnology.com). Connex Technology is a fabless semiconductor company developing image-processing platforms that enable capabilities in digital imaging and video. ConnexArray, its flagship technology, powers digital image processors, offering throughput capabilities of more than 200 Mpixels/s and less than 4 mW/Mpixel per second power consumption. ConnexArray is a convergence of established architectures that combines the performance of digital signal processors (DSPs) with the efficiency of ASICs.

"Upfront investment in a single ASIC can exceed $6M and time to market can reach 12 to 18 months. Although DSP solutions overcome some of the increasing difficulties and limitations of an ASIC solution, they cannot achieve the performance/power efficiency of an ASIC. Consumer-electronics manufacturers need quicker time to market and more agility in responding to competitive threats. They also need competitive performance and battery life. They need a software-programmable signal-processing platform that doesn't compromise on performance or power efficiency. Connex Technology, with its ConnexArray Architecture and CATalyst Software Development environment, can offer this," said Paul Conley, president and founding CEO of Connex Technology.

Founded in April 2002 by an international team of engineers and scientists from both academia and industry, Connex Technology brings together experts in processor architecture, compiler design and -digital imaging to offer OEMs an alternative to existing digital image processing technology without the compromises found in the two leading approaches. The programmability of ConnexArray-based imaging platforms allows OEMs to rapidly migrate their own intellectual property in the form of imaging algorithms and pipelines to this architecture, yet retain the high performance/power efficiency of their current ASIC designs.

Connex Technology unveiled its new logo and Web site on May 27. The parallel multihued planes of red, green, and blue comprising the 'E' in the Connex logo reflect the parallel-processing and digital-imaging capabilities of the company's core technology.

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