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FPGA solution targets image-processing apps

Posted: 01 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IP core? development kit? FPGA? reference design? Altera?

Altera Corp. announced an FPGA solution for designers of video and image processing applications. Comprised of IP cores, development kits, FPGAs and reference designs, the new offering aims to address the need for increased processing bandwidth in video and image processing applications as video standards continue to advance and technologies evolve.

The video and image processing technologies can be implemented as stand-alone FPGAs or as FPGA co-processors supporting DSP processors. In high definition applications, multiple stand-alone DSP processors may be required because a single DSP processor cannot efficiently perform compression algorithms, said the company.

Altera's latest device families, including Cyclone II FPGAs, high-density Stratix II FPGAs and HardCopy II structured ASICs, support the video and image processing solution. Key components of the solution include nine configurable IP cores, including a deinterlacer, scaler, 2D filtering for smoothing and sharpening images, 2D median filtering for noise removal and a color space converter; a video development kit, Cyclone II Edition with two composite standard definition inputs and a Cyclone II EP2C70 device for testing and evaluating designs; an A/V development kit, Stratix II GX Edition targeted for higher-end applications using the transceivers on the Stratix II GX device; input devices for standards, including asynchronous serial interface, serial digital interface, digital video interface and audio interfaces; and a video reference design included in the development kits.

The Video and Image Processing IP Suite will be available in May and costs $995. The Video Development Kit, Cyclone II Edition is priced at $1,095 and the Audio Video Development Kit, Stratix II GX Edition at $4,995. Both development kits will be available in July.

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