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Panasonic favors Altera FPGAs for HD camera recorders

Posted: 05 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:camera recorder HD? FPGA? Cyclone III?

Panasonic has selected Altera Corp.'s Cyclone III FPGAs for its P2 HD professional-broadcast high-definition (HD) camera recorders. The P2 HD AJ-HPX2700 and the P2 HD Handheld AG-HPX170 are part of a new series of tapeless cameras developed to meet the growing demand for HD broadcast.

"We evaluated a number of different programmable solutions to determine which would enable us to quickly deliver cameras with the highest image quality and greatest power efficiency," said Akihito Nakatsukasa, manager of the materials and purchasing management department at Panasonic. "Cyclone III FPGAs met our strict requirements by offering the best digital signal processing performance, which allowed us to offer our customers the highest level of quality in the broadcast industry. Because the Cyclone III devices consume less power, we were also able to reduce significantly the amount of heat generated inside the camera. As a result, fewer parts were needed in the camera, which shortened development time and lowered costs."

The new P2 HD AJ-HPX2700 is a professional camera that replaces traditional tapes with high-density flash memory storage. The P2 HD Handheld AG-HPX170 meanwhile is a pro-sumer camera that takes the high image quality and reliability of the AJ-HPX2700 and adds superior mobility with its compact and lightweight system.

"The use of Altera's Cyclone III devices expands a strong partnership that reaches back to Panasonic's use of Altera's Stratix II FPGAs in the first series of P2 camera recorders in 2006," said Luanne Schirrmeister, senior director of low-cost product marketing at Altera. "For these new devices, not only were Altera's Cyclone III FPGAs the top choice for video processing capabilities with low power consumption, but the ease of design allowed Panasonic to roll out its cameras much quicker, which helps Panasonic maintain its competitive edge in the broadcast HD market."





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