Austin, Texas (PRWEB) June 04, 2014
Founded on June 4, 2004 by Pierrick Vulliez in Reno, Nevada, 4DSP’s first hardware product was developed to execute a groundbreaking FPGA IP core capable of performing a 1M points Fast Fourier Transform algorithm. The FM480, as the card was known, was based on a Xilinx semiconductor and was the precursor to all the FPGA cards now offered by the company. It also marked the beginning of a long and effective partnership with FPGA chip industry leader Xilinx that continues to this day.
4DSP’s sales grew and it became an international company in 2006 with the opening of an office in the Netherlands. New product development continued steadily over the next few years, and 4DSP significantly broadened its portfolio of FPGA Mezzanine Cards (FMC) in early 2010 with the release of eight new high-performance analog-to-digital/digital-to-analog boards. Later that year, 4DSP relocated its US headquarters from Reno to Austin, Texas to take advantage of the dynamic technology environment in the “Silicon Hills.” The company quickly expanded its engineering staff and sales boomed, fueling the growth of its customer base, product line, and list of partners.
4DSP continued to add to its solid family of FMC products that year, but the company also began to diversify into new technology in search of additional challenges and opportunities. In 2011 it was granted a license by NASA, a customer, to refine and commercialize an elegant fiber optic sensing and 3D shape rendering technology developed at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center (now Armstrong Flight Research Center) in California. Building on a collaboration that began in 2007, 4DSP was selected by NASA because of its proven expertise in high-speed and parallel reconfigurable solutions to develop a turnkey, state-of-the-art data acquisition and processing platform. Introduced in 2012, 4DSP’s RTS150 fiber optic sensing system is a real-time shape, strain, and temperature sensing instrument designed to improve efficiency, safety, and performance in a variety of industries including aerospace, oil & gas, and biomedical.
4DSP continued to address the demanding requirements of FPGA designers in 2013, releasing highly-configurable DSP modules with FMC sites and multiple I/O options in both the XMC and VPX form factors. These products target such applications as software defined radio (SDR), RADAR/SONAR imaging, and satellite communications. That year the company also expanded its FMC family with new clock distribution, analog-to-digital, and multicore DSP modules ideally suited for the aerospace, defense, medical, and telecom industries.
4DSP’s momentum in the industry did not go unnoticed in 2013, and the company was named by the Austin Business Journal as one of the top ten fastest-growing private companies in Central Texas. 4DSP reached another milestone in June of that year when the business achieved AS9100C certification, reflecting its growing presence as a provider of cutting-edge and mission-critical systems for the aerospace and military industries. Shortly afterward, 4DSP and NASA jointly won the prestigious R&D 100 award for the fiber optic sensing system, and by the end of the year, the company was distributing the RTS150 in Europe.
“We are extremely proud of our track record. Our team has been constantly surpassing its goals over the past few years,” said Pierrick Vulliez, 4DSP’s CTO and founder. “By constantly innovating and delivering cutting-edge solutions, we exemplify America’s leadership in the high tech industry for the most demanding applications,” he added.
The future remains bright for 4DSP as it works toward the spin off of its fiber optic sensing operations as a separate company. Slated for the second half of 2014, the launch of the new brand will better distinguish the growing business from 4DSP’s core FPGA and high-end analog electronics operations. Meanwhile, 4DSP continues to build its family of high-performance FPGA boards and systems while developing new additions to its diverse portfolio of about 25 FMC products.
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4DSP LLC, 1210 San Antonio Street, Suite 801, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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About 4DSP LLC
4DSP is an innovative company specializing in compact, low-power, and low-weight FPGA-based signal and image processing systems. Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, with offices in the Netherlands, 4DSP develops reconfigurable computers of advanced architecture that offer maximum flexibility and scalability. 4DSP's hardware platforms deliver unmatched performance for advanced digital signal processing (DSP) in embedded computing applications. More information about 4DSP can be found at http://www.4dsp.com.