ArcSoft Launches ArcSoft SimHD™, for Upscaling Standard-Definition Files and DVD Videos to Near High-Definition Quality
Utilizes NVIDIA CUDA architecture for exceptional video output while maintaining low CPU consumption
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In this split-screen capture, the left half of the butterfly is in standard definition, and the right side of the butterfly is up scaled to near-HD quality using Arcsoft SimHD and the NVIDIA CUDA architecture.
NVIDIA GPUs are the only processors that can process SimHD’s sophisticated algorithms in real time.
SimHD is a plug-in for ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre high-definition multimedia player. SimHD simply brings most standard-definition video to near high-definition quality by utilizing the NVIDIA® CUDA™ parallel computing architecture to solve complex calculations in a fraction of the time required on a CPU.
Fremont, California — April 1st, 2009 — ArcSoft, Inc. announced today the retail version of ArcSoft SimHD, a plug-in for ArcSoft TotalMedia™ Theatre, its universal high-definition multimedia player. SimHD is ArcSoft’s in-house upscaling technology, which simply brings most standard-definition video to near high-definition quality. SimHD performs this video upscaling work by utilizing the NVIDIA® CUDA™ parallel computing architecture to solve complex calculations in a fraction of the time required on a CPU.
"Our newly released upscaling technology, ArcSoft SimHD, is available now in retail to allow viewers to obtain an HD-like viewing experience on the PC from the existing standard DVDs,” said George Tang, ArcSoft Vice President and General Manager of Video and Home Entertainment Group. "The partnership with NVIDIA is an important step for us in delivering such an extraordinary experience to users with extremely sufficient power usage.”
TotalMedia Theatre takes advantage of the powerful graphics processing unit (GPU) in today’s PCs by using the NVIDIA CUDA architecture to provide sufficient power for SimHD‘s intensive post processing algorithms. NVIDIA GPUs are the only processors that can process these sophisticated algorithms in real time. The application is compatible with millions of NVIDIA GPUs from the GeForce 8 Series onwards, including GeForce® and Quadro® processing units line.
“What a great way to upgrade your existing library of DVDs! All you need is TotalMedia Theatre and an NVIDIA GeForce GPU, and you can instantly turn your movies into near-HD quality,” said Michael Steele, General Manager of Visual Consumer Solutions at NVIDIA. “ArcSoft SimHD is another great example of how GPU computing is changing the world and providing consumers with real value.”
TotalMedia Theatre with SimHD technology is currently available as a TotalMedia Theatre plug-in for end users. For more information about the product, please visit http://www.arcsoft.com/intouch/simhd_totalmedia3_nvidia.
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