Xilinx, Barco Develop Single-Chip JPEG2000 Encoder, Decoder

At the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading supplier of programmable solutions, and Barco Silex, a leading micro-electronics design house, announced joint development of single chip JPEG2000 encoder and decoder solutions. Based on successful implementation of Barco Silex JPEG2000 cores on Xilinx(R) Virtex(TM)-5 FPGAs, the solutions significantly reduce the cost of broadcast and digital cinema initiative (DCI) archiving, post-production, distribution, and server systems. The new JPEG2000 solutions will be demonstrated at this week’s IBC, Xilinx Stand 10.421 and Barco Silex Stand 10.620, RAI Congress Centre, Amsterdam.

The encoder chip solution allows the creation of a single board capable of real-time encoding, performance that previously required a cluster of PCs or application specific standard products (ASSPs). The encoder and decoder solutions sustain the high encoding requirements of DCI formats including 2048 x 1080 and 4096 x 2160 resolutions with up to 48 frames per second, and broadcast formats including 1080i and 1080p. The decoder chip solution replaces up to twelve separate ASSP chips. System developers further benefit from the capacity and flexibility of Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs with the ability to add encryption or watermarking functionality.

“Our success in implementing JPEG2000 cores on Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs provides the broadcast and digital cinema industry with access to JPEG2000 board solutions, offering a unique combination of high-performance (real-time HD or DCI) and cost-effective programmability,” said Frederic Devisch, sales and marketing manager at Barco Silex.

Robert Green, senior manager for Broadcast Vertical Marketing added, “Barco Silex and Xilinx have demonstrated efficient implementation of JPEG2000 IP leveraging the industry’s highest performing FPGAs, delivering significant benefits to the broadcast and digital cinema industry. Designers can now integrate JPEG2000 encoder and decoding solutions benefiting from maximum flexibility and time-to-market without compromising overall system cost.”

Barco Silex has developed and implemented JPEG2000 hardware cores since 2002. For enhanced security, Barco Silex’ IP portfolio also includes crypto cores such as advanced encryption standard (AES) and public key crypto engines. As a custom electronic design house, Barco Silex can also provide integration design support as well as chip and board solutions.

The Barco Silex JPEG2000 hardware cores are immediately available for third party licensing.

About Barco
Barco, a global technology company headquartered in Kortrijk, Belgium, designs and develops visualization products for a variety of professional markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. For fiscal year 2005, Barco posted net sales of Euro 712.0 million. Barco’s ordinary shares are listed on the Brussels/Euronext stock exchange. Barco is a BEL 20 and a Next 150 company. Share information may be accessed on Bloomberg under the symbol BAR BB and on Reuters under BARBt.BR.

About Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs
Named ‘Product and Innovation of the Year’ by EDN Magazine, the Virtex-5 family represents the fifth generation in the award-winning Virtex series. Built upon the industry’s most advanced 65nm triple-oxide technology, breakthrough new ExpressFabric(TM) technology and proven ASMBL(TM) architecture, the Virtex-5 family includes four domain-optimized platforms for high-speed logic, digital signal processing (DSP), embedded processing and serial connectivity applications. Production devices are shipping now and may be purchased online or through Xilinx distributors.

About Xilinx in Broadcast
Xilinx offers a wide array of solutions for the broadcast industry, ranging from video, audio and network connectivity, real-time HD video processing and high speed DSP for transmission and modulation. Xilinx offers reference designs and IP cores as building blocks for complete broadcast systems.