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Altera, Gennum team on next-gen video broadcast interface

Posted: 15 Apr 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:video interface? Stratix GX FPGAs? cable equalizer? driver?

Altera Corp. and Gennum Corp. announced that they are working together to deliver a next-generation video interface for the broadcast industry.

The solution combines the Stratix GX FPGAs from Altera and cable equalizer and driver products from Gennum and enable a 3Gbps signal over a coax.

"The movement in the broadcast industry toward 1080-line progressive video formats is creating demand for a 3Gbps serial interface," said Alan Ferguson, director, video transport products at Gennum, in a statement. "Copper is still the lowest cost method of transporting digital video, so the industry will be pleased to learn that 100 meters of coax is possible at 3Gbps."

Altera's Stratix GX FPGA's serializer and deserializer, combined with Gennum's equalizer and cable driver, produce a multi-rate link that supports Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) protocols 259M-C (270Mbps) and 292M (1.485Gbps), and twice the SMPTE 292M data rate (2.970Gbps).

- EE Times

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