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Altera FPGAs, embedded processors support Tandberg

Posted: 15 Oct 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:altera? stratix ii fpgas? nios ii soft-core embedded processors? dvb-asi?

Altera Corp.'s Stratix II FPGAs and Nios II soft-core embedded processors have been chosen by Tandberg Television to deliver low-cost, highly-integrated digital video broadcast asynchronous serial interface (DVB-ASI) capabilities for selected next-generation products. DVB-ASI is a serial data transmission protocol that is widely used as a link between equipment in broadcast facilities. Altera's DVB-ASI solution replaced Tandberg's existing ASSP-based solution after an exhaustive evaluation that included other programmable logic devices.

Simon Bigg, Tandberg's director of engineering, stated, "The Stratix II FPGAs and Nios II processors, enabled us to replace several ASSPs with a lower-cost, flexible alternative that reduces our board space and power consumption, allowing us to offer a more highly-integrated product to our customers. In addition, Altera developed a comprehensive plan for our success, including very competitive pricing, broadcast-specific support, and shared product roadmaps."

In the broadcast delivery chain, DVB-ASI is used by compression encoders, multiplexers and other broadcast equipment to transport MPEG-2 packets over copper-based cables or optical networks. In the past, broadcast equipment vendors have relied on ASSPs to provide DVB-ASI capability in their products, but this solution is often expensive and inflexible. Programmable logic-based DVB-ASI solutions enable broadcast suppliers like Tandberg to integrate DVB-ASI and other functions into fewer devices, which reduces their costs and allows them to offer more compact equipment solutions, explained Bigg.

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