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DTV design platform eases interface integration

Posted: 12 Jan 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA? DTV? design platform? interface?

Xilinx Inc. unveils the first market-specific targeted design platform optimized for creating DTV solutions with the Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA family. The Xilinx Consumer DTV Targeted Design Platform streamlines development of advanced video algorithms with the latest video interface standards, including DisplayPort, V-by-OneHS, HDMI and LVDS.

DTV OEMs can now bring consumer digital displays to market quickly with HD picture quality and greater feature differentiation. The functions of multiple ASSPs can be designed into a single Spartan-6 device with the integrated hardware and software platform tailored specifically for DTV applications, ranging from standard LCD and PDP products to newer and 3DTV systems.

"In the age of the FPD, DTV providers have to be both extremely innovative and agile. While they have the financial and intellectual resources to produce sophisticated video algorithms, they are being challenged to differentiate products in an increasingly competitive marketplace with fewer resources, smaller budgets, and tighter schedules," said Harry Raftopoulos, director of consumer segment marketing at Xilinx. "Our consumer DTV platform with Spartan-6 FPGAs provides the design flexibility needed to keep pace with the rapid release of new consumer video platforms and digital standards, and the programmable hardware optimized for cost and power-sensitive applications."

Xilinx already ships more FPGAs to top tier DTV OEMs today than any other programmable logic supplier. The Consumer DTV Targeted Design Platform builds on this market leadership with next-generation programmable technologies and smarter design methodologies delivered in the Spartan-6 FPGA Consumer Video Kit. Developed in collaboration with Tokyo Electron Device Ltd, the new Consumer Video Kit is fully integrated and scalable with all the hardware and software needed to design right out of the box. This includes a Spartan-6 LX150T FPGA base board along with several daughter cards based on the industry-standard FPGA Mezzanine Card specification, soft IP from Xilinx and TED supporting emerging and de facto high-speed display interfaces, the ISE Design Suite Embedded Edition software environment, and Targeted Reference Designs.

The Targeted Reference Designs provided with the kit leverage the high-speed connectivity and low-power features of Spartan-6 FPGAs to implement single-chip systems that save power, space, cooling and improve performance, while reducing bill of material cost as compared to multi-chip ASSP-based alternatives. Support for DDR2 memory interfacing and power-optimized serial transceivers embedded in the Spartan-6 LX150T device enable design, debug, and integration of high-speed video interfaces, including DisplayPort, V-by-One HS, HDMI, PCIe and LVDS.

Together with the base development board and FMC daughter cards, the Targeted Reference Designs can be used to jumpstart development of consumer DTVs and digital still and motion cameras, as well as industrial surveillance products. Multiple examples provide best practices for compiling, debugging, and profiling Spartan-6 FPGA-based video applications and demonstrate how to customize designs for maximum end-product differentiation.

The RoHS-compliant base board with Spartan-6 LX150T device and four FMC connectors enable integration of picture quality enhancement algorithms with daughter cards supporting DisplayPort 1.1, V-by-One HS, HDMI 1.3, and 1.05Gbit/s LVDS interfaces. The platform allows designers to evaluate and modify video algorithms in silicon earlier than is typically feasible with ASSP or ASIC implementations, and easily update systems throughout product development and production with the latest video standards and proprietary algorithms.

The Spartan-6 FPGA Consumer Video Kit is available today in two configurations. The full-featured kit is priced at $2,495 and includes the DisplayPort, V-by-One HS, HDMI, and LVDS daughter cards. An entry-level kit with LVDS daughter card is priced at $1,255. Both configurations come with all the documentation, cables, and power supplies needed to get started. The ISE Design Suite Embedded Edition included with the kits is device locked to the Spartan-6 LX150T-FG676 FPGA.

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