SUNDANCE – The Company.
Sundance Multiprocessor Technology Ltd. was established in 1989. The Sundance company strategy is to produce a comprehensive range of competitively priced and well engineered products for the high-performance embedded processing market.
Our first products were designed for the parallel processing market. The product portfolio included PC add-in boards and modules. Sundance rapidly developed and built a wide range of processor modules and boards. The range included many special purpose modules and allowed Sundance to act as a ‘one-stop’ shop for system designers and manufacturers.
Today, the Sundance product range includes modular systems based on the Texas Instruments TMS320C6x (‘C6x) range of processors as well as the Xilinx Virtex FPGA. Many products are now in their second or third generation, having been enhanced in response to customer demand.
SUNDANCE and Signal Processing
High-performance computers and Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) are increasingly being used to address a diverse range of automation tasks. Typically, the applications which benefit include real-time control, robotics, image processing and pattern recognition. Digital signal processing brings the benefits of increased efficiency, higher quality and lower running costs to many manufacturing and industrial organisations.
Sundance Multiprocessor Technology Ltd. has a leading role in the marketing and development of sophisticated products which meet the myriad requirements of system builders. The Sundance range of boards and modules offers a fast turn-around and economical means of solving end-user requirements.
Sundance products are typically either board level, or conform to defined module and carrier standards. In each case, they are designed to be used either as stand-alone solutions, or in multi-processor systems. Benefits to the user include:
- Ease of design – Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) products remove the expense and risk of in-house development
- Flexibility – A common format makes it simpler to tailor the system configuration to application requirements
- Expandability – Systems can be easily expanded and functionality is increased by the addition of more boards
- Cost – Boards can be re-used, and components of installed systems can be upgraded and changed without the expense of replacing the entire system.
Specifically, many of Sundance’s products conform to the TIM (Texas Instruments Module) standard for the TMS320C4x (‘C4x) and TMS320C6x (‘C6x) DSPs.
Custom Designed Solutions
Many companies choose to focus on what they offer to the customer by way of solutions and skills. System providers and niche market OEMs often sub-contract their computer hardware design. If your application has unusual requirements, Sundance has the skills and resources to specify, design, manufacture and test a custom solution for you.
Once the basic engineering concept has been agreed, Sundance will rapidly develop an ‘optimised’ system or board to meet your performance, size or environmental constraints. Our design engineers will help you to develop a specification that meets your requirements, whilst making every effort to ensure that your product conforms to appropriate industry standards. By doing so, your product will be re-useable in future system-building applications. As a result, you will enjoy the benefits of both compatibility and an optimised solution, along with a fast, cost-effective route to market.
All designs are implemented using surface mount technology, resulting in lower costs, compactness, increased reliability and lower power consumption.
Areas of Expertise
Sundance business strategy is based on its skills in the following key areas:
- Digital Signal Processing
- The design and manufacture of efficient and reliable systems, using leading-edge DSPs, is a complex and demanding task. The Sundance team of engineers has many years’ experience in designing a range of DSP architectures.
- Digital Video Interfaces
- Digital cameras offer significantly higher quality images than traditional analogue cameras. This is especially advantageous when they are used as inputs for DSPs. Sundance has developed a range of digital video capture systems.
- Re-configurable Computing Hardware
- Sundance makes extensive use of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), as these products enable rapid prototyping and development. In addition, they allow standard products to be tailored to meet specific customer requirements.
- In many applications, parallel architectures are the only method of achieving a viable solution. Sundance has been designing both large and small parallel systems since the company’s formation.
Quality Control and Management System
As a modern enterprise, Sundance maintains an integrated quality management system that coordinates the requirements of quality processes, environmental protection, industrial health and safety as laid down by the ISO9001:2008 standard.