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FPGA-based A/V kit supports triple rate SDI

Posted: 14 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Stratix II? FPGA? FPGA kit? FPGA tool? Altera?

The Audio/Video development kit, Stratix II GX edition from Altera Corp. is touted to be the industry's first FPGA-based audio/video development kit designed to support triple rate serial digital interface (SDI), including the new 3Gbps SMPTE 424M standard.

By supporting the 424M standard defined by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the development kit enables designers to create or design next-generation studio and broadcast applications such as switchers, H.264 encoders, transcoders and integrated receiver decoders (IRDs) based on the HD (high-definition) 1080p format.

The current practice for supporting the HD 1080p format is to use a dual-link connection (SMPTE 372) from cameras to the mixing and recording equipment. Dual-link connections require twice the number of cables as single-link connections. This results in increased equipment complexity within the studio facility as well as higher cost, said Altera. SMPTE 424M is a single-link, 1080p-capable standard that simplifies hardware design while reducing facility setup complexity and cost.

The new audio/video development kit features a wide array of input and output devices for standards, including asynchronous serial interface (ASI), SDI, digital video interface (DVI) and other additional audio interfaces. The kit also includes Altera's video and imaging processing technologies that designers can implement in a single FPGA or as an FPGA co-processor supporting digital signal processors. The Stratix II GX device supports SDI, HD-SDI or 3Gbps SDI serial data speeds on up to 20 full-duplex transceiver channels operating across a range of 270Mbps to 3Gbps. The transceivers are capable of supporting data rates up to 6.375Gbps.

"Designers of broadcast audio and video equipment now have a development kit that allows the design of their systems on a single programmable platform for addressing their cost, performance and quality requirements with the latest technology while meeting their time-to-market goals," said Louie Leung, marketing director for Altera Asia Pacific. "With the impressive performance and flexibility of our Stratix II GX audio/video development platform, designers can easily meet the rigorous requirements of today's high-definition standards."

The audio video development kit, Stratix II GX Edition is available for $4,995. Additional information on this kit can be found at Altera's website.




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