Distributed Codec Engine

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Written inC
Operating systemUnix-like
LicenseRevised BSD License and some additional terms
The TI Ducati SIP core does video acceleration and accelerated image processing. The actual IC doing the calculations is controlled by software running on two Cortex-M3 microcontrollers. The operating system (running on the host CPU) only needs a shim to interface with the subsystem.

Distributed Codec Engine (DCE) is an API and its implementation as software library ("libdce") by Texas Instruments. The library was released under the Revised BSD License and some additional terms.

It enables and provides remote access to hardware acceleration for audio and video decoding on the IVA-HD in OMAP4-based platforms via a syslink/rcm shim layer accessing the OMAP's Codec Engine API codec interface on the co-processor (Ducati/M3) from the host under Linux without needing OpenMAX.[1][2][3] The "Ducati Sub System" comprises two ARM Cortex-M3 processors (CPUs), and the ASICs IVA-HD and ISS.[4]

Software supporting DCE[edit]

GStreamer uses the ASICs of Ducati

See also[edit]


It uses a custom vanity license. It does not use an established free open source software license.


  1. ^ "libdce: The Distributed Codec Engine". Phoronix. 2012-01-03.
  2. ^ a b "Announcing libdce and gst-ducati". Rob Clark. 2010-11-27.
  3. ^ http://pandaboard.org/content/libdce libdce
  4. ^ "The Ducati subsystem – Introcution".
  5. ^ "gst-ducati on github".
  6. ^ "Video player for OMAP framebuffer".
  7. ^ "VideoToolbox - Apple Developer Documentation". developer.apple.com. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  8. ^ http://developer.amd.com/gpu/AMDAPPSDK/assets/OpenVideo_Decode_API.PDF OpenVideo Decode (OVD) API

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