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SDK aims to ramp up "Beyond HD" video processing

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:video processing? dual-FPGA platform? PCI Express? HSMC? COTS?

Altera Corp. has introduced what it touts as a high-performance system development kit (SDK) capable of handling "beyond HD" resolutions and formats for customers designing multichannel and high-resolution video processing systems. Unlike typical FPGA broadcast SDKs that only have basic design examples, Altera's SDK supports a complete board support package (BSP) with firmware and PCI Express (PCIe) streaming drivers, noted the company. It is also PCIe form-factor compliant, enabling customers to deploy it in both commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) and purpose-built servers, Altera added.

"At Snell, we differentiate our image processing and content management solutions through our extensive portfolio of intellectual property," said Gerard Phillips, engineering group manager for Technology Development at Snell. "In working closely with Altera, we recognized the need for a common platform that enables a faster path from algorithms to our broad mix of products. Altera's Advanced SDK provides significant productivity advantages for our development teams and will allow us to bring new products to market in even less time."

Altera's kit incorporates enough logic resources, I/O bandwidth and external memory bandwidth to handle up to 8K ultra HD video processing, detailed the company. It features two 28nm Altera Stratix V FPGAs, >1.5Tb/s external memory throughput, PCIe Gen3x16 bandwidth, FPGA mezzanine card (FMC) front-panel expansion, for connectivity via popular standards such as SFP+ and QSFP, high-speed mezzanine card (HSMC) expansion, and option for BSP with Linux and Windows 7 drivers and an example video application software, detailed the company.

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