Ittiam Selects Altera's Stratix II FPGAs

Altera Corporation announced that Ittiam Systems, a Bangalore-based company specializing in digital signal processing (DSP) systems, has selected the industry-leading Stratix(R) II FPGA family to develop and deliver the Trinity multi-format high-definition video decoder (MFVDEC) soft intellectual property (IP) core. This IP core is designed for digital TV, high-definition (HD) DVD, HD IPTV and HD set-top-box solutions. Ittiam selected Altera’s Stratix II FPGA family for its high density, high performance and superior signal integrity.

“Stratix II FPGAs provide Ittiam with a new and innovative architecture that offers higher performance and higher density at a lower cost,” said Ravi Shankar Ganesan, vice president of the SOC business of Ittiam Systems. “Altera’s Stratix II FPGAs have enabled Ittiam to deliver the MFVDEC IP core with a complete FPGA-based validation platform for the IP.”

By using Altera(R) programmable solutions, Ittiam’s MFVDEC IP core can handle complex functions such as context-adaptive binary arithmetic coding (CABAC), motion compensation, motion vector prediction and deblocking for H.264 and Video Codec 1 (VC1, the SMPTE video standard based on Microsoft’s Window Media codec). The combination of Altera’s Stratix II FPGA family, Quartus(R)II design software and Nios(R)II embedded processor cores provided Ittiam with a user-friendly toolset for developing soft-core IP.

“Stratix II FPGAs enable Ittiam to engage in the development of DSP systems and offer customers a high-quality product with a compelling time-to-market advantage,” said David Greenfield, senior director of product marketing for high-end FPGAs at Altera. “Ittiam has taken full advantage of Altera’s programmable solutions to achieve both their business objectives and technology goals.”

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