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Indian firm picks Altera FPGAs for HD video decoder engine

Posted: 08 Mar 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA? DSP? IP core? HD video decoder? HD-DVD?

Altera Corp. announced that Ittiam Systems, a Bangalore-based company specializing in DSP systems, has selected the company's Stratix II FPGA family to develop and deliver the Trinity multi-format high-definition video decoder (MFVDEC) soft intellectual property (IP) core. Altera's IP core is designed for digital TV, high-definition (HD) DVD, HD IPTV and HD STB solutions.

"Stratix II FPGAs provide Ittiam with a new and innovative architecture that offers higher performance and higher density at a lower cost," said Ravi Shankar Ganesan, vice president of the SoC business of Ittiam. "Altera's Stratix II FPGAs have enabled Ittiam to deliver the MFVDEC IP core with a complete FPGA-based validation platform for the IP."

By using Altera programmable solutions, Ittiam's MFVDEC IP core can handle complex functions such as context-adaptive binary arithmetic coding, motion compensation, motion vector prediction and deblocking for H.264 and Video Codec 1. The combination of Altera's Stratix II FPGA family, Quartus II design software and Nios II embedded processor cores provided Ittiam with a user-friendly toolset for developing soft-core IP.

"Stratix II FPGAs enable Ittiam to engage in the development of DSP systems and offer customers a high-quality product with a compelling time-to-market advantage," said David Greenfield, senior director of product marketing for high-end FPGAs at Altera.

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