Xilinx Introduces HD Real-Time MPEG4 AVC/H.264 Encoder Solution

At the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading supplier of programmable solutions, announced availability of a high definition real-time MPEG4 AVC/H.264 encoder solution leveraging the high-performance features of Xilinx(R) Virtex(TM)-5 FPGAs. The solution is based on ATEME’s high definition H.264 encoding platform, ideal for markets such as IPTV and satellite broadcast which require the best video quality at the lowest possible bit rates. The Virtex-5 FPGA based solution delivers the programmability and computing power required to deliver high definition video quality.

ATEME’s high definition platform is designed to handle 720p60 or 1080i30 high definition content and encodes in H.264/AVC main and high profile at bit rates ranging from approximately 3 Mbps for IPTV applications, while supporting bit rates for contribution and archive server applications.

“In the highly competitive, fast changing H.264 encoding market, making available the best video quality with fast time-to-market and ease of use is paramount,” said Pierre Larbier, chief technical officer at ATEME. “Today’s high performance FPGAs provide the programmability and performance required by designers to meet market demands.”

“Virtex-5 FPGAs deliver unrivalled processing performance for leading broadcast video solutions such as ATEME’s high definition H.264/AVC encoder,” said Paolo Masini, senior manager of Broadcast Vertical Marketing at Xilinx. “The Virtex-5 family offers the industry’s largest and fastest FPGAs in the market today, enabling the most flexible and extensible platform for delivering continued H.264 efficiency and quality enhancements, a critical requirement in the highly competitive and rapidly advancing H.264 encoding market.”

The high definition real-time MPEG4 AVC/H.264 encoder solution will be available in calendar Q4 2007.

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.