JVC Selects Xilinx Spartan-3E FPGAs for HDV Camera-Recorder

Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), the world leader in programmable logic solutions, today announced that Victor Company of Japan, Limited (JVC) has adopted Xilinx low-cost Spartan(TM)-3E field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) for their latest handheld high definition video (HDV) GY–HD 250 series camera-recorder. Xilinx programmable devices provided JVC with the competitive edge by substantially reducing development costs and providing faster time-to-market and improved functionality.

Xilinx Spartan-3E FPGAs

Launched October 2006, the GY-HD 250 series features two HDV formats, progressive and interlace, thus fully covering 720p/50:60 format while allowing output of 1080i/50:60 format. The GY-HD 250 series also features SD/HD-SDI output with embedded audio/time-code.

“Xilinx Spartan-3E FPGAs made a huge contribution to the development of our HDV camera-recorder that meets the countless needs of the professional video market. We fully expect high-performance and low price professional HDV camera-recorders to boost new demand in various fields, including broadcasting and digital cinema. Professional HDV is one of the most important strategic fields for our company and we intend to strengthen our ties with Xilinx in the future to accelerate our development of competitive and unique products,” said Mr. Kazuya Yamada, engineering manager at JVC.

JVC and Xilinx Spartan-3 Generation – A Design Legacy
In 2005, JVC developed a professional HDV series boasting features such as high image quality and system performance and mobility, aimed at the professional video market (e.g. digital broadcasting, digital cinema and video service markets.) The flagship product of this series, the Spartan-3 FPGAs enabled HDV camera-recorder GY-HD100, received the prestigious ‘Good Design Award’ (the only comprehensive design evaluation and commendation system in Japan) from Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization and was also awarded a National Association of Broadcaster’s (NAB) award for ‘Innovation in Media’ at NAB 2005. The GY-HD 250 series is the higher grade type of this award-winning model.

About Xilinx Spartan Generation FPGAs
The Spartan Generation, leading the market with its combination of high performance and very low price, has been adopted in a wide range of consumer applications such as DVD players, plasma display panels (PDP) and HDTV. Since its 1998 introduction, the Spartan series has grown from zero to 26 percent of total company revenue with a record-setting 150 million devices shipped to date.

With the release of the Spartan-3E family, Xilinx introduced a low-cost Spartan FPGA family with new features designed specifically to address the requirements of the high volume consumer market.

About Xilinx
Xilinx is the worldwide leader in complete programmable logic solutions.