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Platform enables 3D TV broadcasts, other HD apps

Posted: 14 Sep 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA? development platform? 3D TV?

Xilinx Inc. introduces a development platform for 3D TV broadcast and other HD video applications. The Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA broadcast connectivity kit and broadcast processing engine IP core makes it easy for broadcast system designers to build full systems that drive high-speed transmission and real-time processing of video in a full range of professional broadcast applications, such as cameras, switchers, routers, encoders, monitors and cinema projectors.

The new kit is a comprehensive broadcast-targeted design platform developed with Tokyo Electron Devices. It supports the development of systems using the Spartan-6 family of FPGAs. It provides triple-rate Serial Digital Interface (SD, HD, 3G), HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI and V-by-One HS standards, so designers can use the kit to evaluate and incorporate into their designs a variety of pre-defined video interfaces used across the professional broadcast market.

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Integrating multiple interfaces into a flexible, single chip FPGA design and bridging between the different standards used for uncompressed video and new display technologies allows for a reduced BOM in the final end system. Xilinx has successfully delivered SDI development platforms over the past decade to dramatically reduce the cost per channel required to bring in uncompressed video, perform video processing and switching, and transmit to video displays or storage. The anticipated widespread adoption of 3D TV will double the bandwidth requirements as compared with 1,080p60 formats, thus increasing the number of SDI ports required in each system implementation or increasing the speed of these ports to 6Gbit/s and beyond. The broadcast connectivity kits will also accommodate the higher speeds required by 3D, Digital Cinema and Ultra HDTV (6G-SDI, 10G-SDI and 12G-SDI) in the future.

The Spartan-6 FPGA broadcast connectivity kit is available for order for $1,995 and is scheduled to begin shipping in December.

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