Deutsche Thomson OHG (DTO) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Thomson with R&D sites in Hannover and Villingen-Schwenningen. With its laboratories DTO is part of Thomson’s worldwide Corporate Research organization within the Technology Business Unit.
DTO Hannover is a development competence centre for 10G+ professional networking (Ethernet, InfiniBand, FiberChannel), distributed architectures from UPnP-coupled media devices up to high end infrastructure for uncompressed 2K/4K content production, high speed data storage as well as algorithms for audio and video signal processing and their implementation in software and hardware, ranging from embedded devices to special purpose processors (GPU, Cell).
Through intense collaboration with other Thomson units like Grass Valley and Technicolor, DTO is well aware of emerging business & technical requirements of those units and makes its own knowledge available to them, with a strong focus on developing and improving the digital content production and management chain.DTO has comprehensive knowledge on current and emerging digital content production workflows and is actively identifying challenges related to global collaboration in content creation and is contributing to their resolution.
As a research platform, DTO has a continuously evolving digital content production infrastructure and workflow test bed, comprising high-end workstations, small render farm, SANs, as well as digital cinematography camera (GV Viper) and projector. Thomson Grass Valley workflow solutions such as Bones are part of the software running on this platform.DTO has a long history of previous cooperative projects funded by the federal government of Germany or the European Union, including VADIS, MINT, COMMEND, ITEA HomeNet2Run, AMSAS and BRAVISSIMO.
Most recently in the project IP-Racine a new flash-based solid state storage was developed & demonstrated. In the current final project phase a newly developed embedded 10 Gbit Ethernet interface on this storage enables real-time video transfer beyond HD and 2K resolutions answering anticipated demands in the digital content production industry.