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ARM Releases Free OpenMAX DL Sample Software Library


15 November 2006


ARM announces that the source code for its sample implementation of OpenMAX DL (Development Layer) software library, designed to enable rapid implementation and seamless portability of video, image and audio codecs (encoders/decoders), is freely available for download from the company’s website. The ARM® OpenMAX DL software library supports the OpenMAX DL Application Programming Interface (API) specification, developed by the Khronos Group.

The Khronos OpenMAX DL API requires a software library that implements the functions it specifies. ARM’s sample OpenMAX DL software library provides source code written in C for easy platform portability and code readability. ARM’s optimized libraries will be hand-coded in assembly and designed to achieve maximum performance. Now codec porting to new platforms is as simple as swapping in the new DL library.

The OpenMAX DL software library adds significant value to OEMs, ODMs and codec and middle providers by improving time-to-market for advanced codecs, reducing software development costs and enabling silicon providers to offer an open-standards-based platform for optimized codec development.

ARM plans to create a series of highly optimized libraries including an implementation that will take full advantage of the ARMv6 architecture found in the ARM11™ family and an implementation for the NEON™ signal processing technology found in the Cortex™-A8 processor.


ARM’s sample OpenMAX DL software library is freely available for download at:

The OpenMAX DL API specification is freely available from the Khronos Group at:


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