Sagem Selects Celoxica IP for Altera Cyclone II, Nios II FPGA

Celoxica (LSE:CXA) announced the deployment of its multimedia, video and imaging (MVI) intellectual property (IP) solutions by Sagem Défense Sécurité (Sagem-DS), a part of the SAFRAN Group of high-technology companies and leading provider of defence and security electronics. Celoxica technology was used by hardware and software teams and the product design was targeted at a Cyclone II/ Nios II FPGA based system-on-programmable-chip (SOPC) from Altera Corporation.

Sagem–DS identified Celoxica as the only ESL provider delivering the global coverage, the mix of tools and IP and the design flow compatible with their development methodologies. The design teams used Celoxica technology to accelerate the development and deployment of ground defence systems, streamline design flows and integrate off-the-shelf programmable MVI IP with proprietary, in-house IP. The end product was a configurable and upgradeable platform for battlefield optronics with real-time performance, compact form factor and low power consumption.

“We have led the development of defence optronics for more than 30 years through a continual program of research and innovation,” said a spokesperson for Sagem Défense Sécurité. “Our investment in Celoxica’s system level design technology is a part of that on-going process and has delivered benefits in terms of reduced design times and increased product design flexibility.”

Sagem-DS engineers made extensive use of Celoxica’s PixelStreams product, an imaging framework and library of source level MVI IP that applies high-level language design and synthesis techniques to substantially reduce development time. The parameterizable nature of PixelStreams IP enabled Sagem-DS to quickly optimise and configure the IP to their specific product requirements. Chip implementation was enabled by connecting PixelStreams to Celoxica’s DK Design Suite and SOPC Builder tool from Altera. The end product is a completely reprogrammable and upgradeable optronics solution that also provides a common platform for future derivative products.

“For such a demanding product specification the combination of Celoxica technology and MVI IP targeting FPGA was the optimal choice. Sagem-DS engineers have brought together off-the-shelf solutions with their own expertise and know-how to create a truly exceptional product,” said Edouard Vincent, engineering manager for Celoxica.

About Celoxica
A leader in electronic system level design (ESL) and FPGA-based Accelerated Computing, Celoxica is enabling the next generation of advanced electronic products by producing tools, boards, IP and services that turn software into silicon. Celoxica technology raises design abstraction to the algorithm level, accelerating productivity and lowering risk and costs by programming semiconductor hardware directly from C-based software descriptions. Adding to a growing installed base, Celoxica provides the world’s most widely used C-based behavioural design and synthesis solutions to companies developing products in markets such as consumer electronics, defence and aerospace, automotive, industrial and security. Celoxica is a publicly traded company on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange under the symbol CXA.