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Xilinx announces new solutions for flat-panel displays

Posted: 07 Feb 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Xilinx? digital display? flat-panel?

Xilinx Inc. announced the immediate availability of several solutions that promise to enable digital display designers to accelerate the development of complex image enhancement algorithms in high-quality flat-panel displays.

Available through partners in the Xilinx Alliance Program, the reference designs are proven on a Spartan -3 based validation platform developed specifically to address key technical challenges faced by LCD and PDP television panel and video board designers, said the press release.

"Designers of display systems compete to the be the first to deliver advanced imaging processing techniques and differentiated value-add features for high-quality television viewing at price points that enable them to capture the largest market share for a given panel size," said Krishna Rangasayee, senior director of vertical marketing and partnerships at Xilinx. "[Our] Spartan-3 FPGAs have gained wide acceptance across key digital display manufacturers worldwide and continue to help them manage time-to-market, differentiation and cost pressures."

The new solutions have been validated on an advanced FPGA-based digital displays hardware development platform based on the Spartan-3 FPGA family. The platform provides a connection to a video source where the Spartan-3 FPGA stores the image in memory and manipulates it on a frame-by-frame basis. The enhanced image is then output to either LVDS or DVI connectors, enabling support for multiple panel types. The development platform uses an integrated 32bit MicroBlaze RISC processor in the FPGA to run complicated processes, such as false contour reduction, which requires a high-speed memory interface for frame-by-frame motion compensation and estimation.

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