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Altera Stratix FPGAs off-load critical functions in Inlet's Fathom

Posted: 19 Apr 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:stratix? fpga? dsp processor? inlet technologies? fathom?

Altera Corp. disclosed that Inlet Technologies is leveraging their Stratix series of FPGAs for Fathom product. Fathom is a real-time encoding solution for VC-1, an advanced compression format for high-definition video content. Inlet's Fathom solution combines Stratix-based hardware acceleration with workflow and analysis software to make next-generation distribution methods such as Blu-Ray, high definition (HD)-DVD, video-on-demand, and digital dailies.

"We chose Altera's Stratix series of FPGAs to off-load critical functions from the DSP processors in order to achieve high-quality, real-time HD video encoding," said Scott Labrozzi, CTO of Inlet Technologies.

"Besides high performance, the flexibility provided by Stratix devices allows us to rapidly develop video compression products and respond to customer needs by adding hardware-based feature upgrades. In addition, Altera offers a low-risk path to future increased cost optimization and higher performance via their HardCopy structured ASICs," Labrozzi added.

"The higher data rates and processing challenges associated with HD video production require the levels of performance and flexibility that Stratix FPGAs offer," said Todd Scott, senior director of Altera's broadcast and consumer business unit. "Altera's products enable broadcast equipment innovators like Inlet Technologies to get to market quickly, while addressing the changing needs of an increasingly dynamic market."





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