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Xilinx-Convergent Designs design to integrate DV into IEEE 1394 devices

Posted: 30 Jan 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:xilinx? convergent designs? digital video? dv? ieee 1394?

Xilinx and Convergent Designs announced the availability of Centauri, a DV IEEE 1394 hardware reference design based on the Xilinx Spartan FPGA and Divio NW701 DV codec, to provide OEM manufacturers with a low-cost solution for integrating DV over IEEE 1394 devices.

The Centauri is targeted for consumer DV products such as DVD-RWs, digital VHS recorders, STBs, residential gateways, PVRs, DTVs, video projectors, video editors, and professional digital audio and video equipment.

Centauri supports CCIR656 video I/O, I2S audio I/O and compressed DV data ports. It also extends support for 32kHz (12-bit and 16-bit), 44.1kHz (16-bit) and 48kHz (16-bit) audio. The device also features audio error correction to eliminate pops and crackles, auto recovery on 1394 cable disconnect, full audio-video sync via onboard clock dithering, and auto-detection of NTSC and PAL formats.

"The introduction of this hardware reference design is a great example of the compelling value that FPGAs offer the consumer marketplace," said Robert Bielby, senior director of Strategic Solutions Marketing at Xilinx. "Working closely with Convergent Designs and utilizing their digital video and audio design expertise allows us to provide some exciting solutions for the consumer market."

The 60-by-60mm device operates from a 3.3V supply at 500mA, and is quoted at $450.

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