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ChipWrights, Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company and a leader in innovative digital and visual signal processing for embedded video and audio applications. ChipWrights specializes in developing all-in-one high definition solutions for complex application-specific standard products (ASSPs)—in particular, System-on-a-Chip (SoC) devices—which integrate a complete system on a single chip.

ChipWrights’ fully programmable, low cost, low power, and high performance SoCs are ideal for building competitive products in the digital imaging and video markets. Its vector DSP achieves very high parallelism when operating on image data. The instruction set, address indexing schemes, and data access mechanisms are all tuned for image and video processing. Even the system Direct Memory Access engines are designed to move data in two-dimensional patches.

ChipWrights’ goal is to provide customers with the best combination of Price, Performance, Power, Peripheral Integration, and Programmability. ChipWrights believes that image processing should be based on programmable solutions rather than fixed function ASICs. As system product life cycles get shorter and product requirements grow more complex, the improved flexibility of a programmable solution provides tremendous benefits to the system designer and manufacturer.

The company offers a complete set of development tools, reference boards, and application libraries for its chips. In addition, a network of third party DSP algorithm and application developers is beginning to emerge whom can work together to create innovative and differentiated imaging products around the ChipWrights platform.

ChipWrights History

ChipWrights was formed in 2000 with the vision of producing the best programmable DSP solution for imaging applications in the world. Since then, ChipWrights has built four high performance, low-power ViSPs. The company has garnered design wins with leading imaging companies including Sony, Agilent Technologies, Noritsu and several others in a diverse range of applications in both the consumer and industrial markets.

In 2005, UK-based AD Group acquired ChipWrights. The AD Group companies are dedicated to a philosophy of constant innovation, with emphasis placed on research and development. ChipWrights SoCs are now used throughout the AD Group lines, in products such as digital video recorders, cameras, and image processing applications such as smoke detection and license plate recognition.

At the end of 2011 John Redford and Cary Robins executed a Management Buyout of the assets of ChipWrights Inc. and formed ChipWrights LLC. This new company continues to manufacture and sell ChipWrights products. The company is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.
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