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FPGA-based kit revs up video apps development

Posted: 02 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:video development kit? parallel processing? embedded memory?

Altera Corp. and Bitec Ltd have announced a video development kit that enables designers to rapidly develop and prototype high-performance, cost-sensitive video applications.

At the heart of the kit are Altera's Cyclone III FPGAs, which are a suitable video processing platform given the device's large parallel processing capabilities with up to 288 multipliers, 4Mbit embedded memory blocks and low power consumption. The kit supports multiple video I/O formats, allowing video application developers to quickly develop, debug and prototype designs using their lab video signals and displays.

"The Cyclone III FPGA architecture, with its abundance of logic, multiplier, and embedded memory resources, delivers high-performance video processing capabilities cost-effectively," said Andy Robertson, CEO of Bitec. "We have designed this video development kit jointly with Altera to appeal to customers developing applications in video surveillance, video conferencing, industrial imaging and other video applications."

The video development kit features a Cyclone III development board with two High-Speed Mezzanine Connector (HSMC)-based video interface daughtercards developed by Bitec. The kit supports composite, S-Video, DVI and RGB video and contains several compenents. These include: Cyclone III EP3C120F780 development board, quad-video HSMC daughtercard (8 composite or 4 S-Video inputs) and DVI HSMC daughtercard and DVI cable. The kit also offers Quartus II Web Edition software, access to Altera OpenCore Plus evaluation IP megafunctions including the Video and Image Processing (VIP)

The Cyclone III FPGA-based video development kit is currently available exclusively through Bitec. Interested customers can find additional information about the kit at Bitec's Web site.

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