Computer Modules, Inc. today based in San Diego was founded in 1982 by an engineer who worked at Central Dynamics Ltd. in Canada, Tektronix in Canada, and Matrox in Canada and USA. Our original products were Multibus cards and CMI became a leader in a niche until the industry died as the PC took over industrial control. Later in the early 90's CMI focused on high speed data communications cards. We once again evolvedto a leadership role with x.25 communications cards until Cisco took over the data com market. We were really wondering where to go next. In 1999 we created a low cost DVB ASI PCI interface card for someone who did not want to pay $5000 for a high end card. The rest of the story is now visible in our product line today…
Engineering for CMI is done in Canada by Linear Systems Ltd. We are very closely linked and essentially operate as one. Marketing, sales, and support, and integration are done in San Diego. The core team who developed our current products have been with the companies since the early 80's. Today we have a world class team of hardware and software engineers who have learned to overcome issues with "buggy" Chips, PCI interfaces, FPGA's, Surface Mount manufacturing and even Windows 95/98/2000/XP drivers.. Because of this experience CMI/Linear has a thorough understanding of digital TV technology.
Our first "broadcast" product was the MPEG Shuttle which is a system product that marries MPEG-2 encoders with our own T1 and E1 interfaces. We pioneered inverse mixing of MPEG-2 over our T1 cards and created our own CSU/DSU's. Next came the DVB Master 1 in 1999. Next came the ATSC Master and the DVB Master FD. Others in far away places make copes sometimes. In January 2002 we introduced the IP Caster, our Linux based DVB to IP encapsulator. Others spent over 30 million dollars to develop similar products. We developed ours at the request of Nortel Networks at a cost of $300,000. It has built-in features such as SNMP management, Supports unicast and multicast technology and other IP layers. From there we introduced DVB Loop, our industry and cost leading DVB Streamer. We believe that most of the world's STB boxes are tested with it.
In the spring of 2003, as a joint effort with our partner company Cypress Semiconductor, we introduced a new technology for us SMPTE 259M interfaces and Quad density DVB ASI. In 2003, due to a customer's request, we created the world's first DVB ASI Video Timeshifter, a low cost device that allows networks to time shift their video feeds..
The story continues as we rush towards a challenging future…
Today we continue with Research and Development efforts into key technologies in the TV, computer and communication fields. Not only do we maintain our products' functionality in step with developments in the Broadcast Industry, we are expanding our product line. The path we take for expansion is determined by what key technologies we think are important to automation in the TV industry.
We have big plans to become a major player in the worldwide TV equipment business. We are however in no huge hurry to
get there. We are a private company with no debt and a conservative, doable, growth plan. As a potential customer you need to know
this. It means that we will be around years from now when you need help with your products. And, then as now, our products will be at the cutting edge of technology with a clear path to new technologies.
Our vision is to create and sell state-of-the-art, cost efficient,
DVB ASI, SMPTE 310M, SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M, and HDTV products
and services that meet the evolving needs of our Broadcast
Oriented customers, enabling them to develop solutions that
result in profits and success by lowering their development
and ongoing costs. Since 1982 we have been focusing on relationships
and not on merely individual transactions. This "long run"
attitude has positioning CMI to be here for customers of all
types both small and large. We are here to serve you and exist
only because we offer superior value to the rapidly evolving
DVEO is continually looking for new technology to develop
or license. Should you have a product or concept that you
would like to discuss with us, please contact us. Our primary
areas of interest are:
- DVB ASI Technology
- MPEG -2, 4, H 264
- Video Standards Conversion
- Digital Video Test Equipment
- HD Encoding and Decoding
We offer competitive compensation for ideas and products transferred to DVEO. You will work with a team of dedicated and knowledgeable
scientists who will help develop your material or idea into a commercial product. For more information, please contact: