intoPIX to Port IP Portfolio to Xilinx Virtex-5 Platform

Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading provider of programmable logic solutions, announced that intoPIX, a leading provider of JPEG2000 solutions, will port its wide intellectual property (IP) portfolio to Xilinx(R) Virtex(TM)-5 high-performance platform FPGAs. Additional information on the first successful implementation, a JPEG2000 encoder and codec is available to IBC attendees, intoPIX Stand 9.520, RAI Congress Centre, Amsterdam.

The intoPIX JPEG2000 encoding algorithm running on a Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA, allows encoding at up to 120 frames-per-second (fps), over 20 percent faster than previous solutions. This creates the potential to create a multi-stream encoder delivering up to four channels of HD-SDI image management at 30 fps. Xilinx Virtex-5 devices support all relevant video interfaces including HD-SDI and ASI, while offering built-in PCI Express(R) endpoint and Gigabit Ethernet blocks, ideal for addressing the challenging bandwidth, power and cost targets of the broadcast industry. The intoPIX implementation of a JPEG2000 encoder and codec on a single Virtex-5 FPGA still leaves available logic for additional functionality. This can be designed by the customer, or selected from the Xilinx or intoPIX IP portfolios.

“We work at the leading edge of digital cinema and broadcast technology, with customers who demand the highest quality, leading edge solutions. Porting our JPEG2000 algorithms into the industry’s most powerful FPGA has allowed us to deliver exceptional quality, performance, and flexibility as well as reduce overall system cost,” said Keith Morris, sales and marketing manager at intoPIX.

John Heighton, Xilinx product solutions manager for Europe, added, “JPEG2000 is starting to see significant interest in the broadcast industry, and the success of the intoPIX project demonstrates how our leading edge FPGA technology allows designers to respond quickly to emerging market trends and requirements. In this highly competitive market, designers must differentiate their products from the competition. They can achieve this only through the use of a flexible, cost-effective FPGA platform.”

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. Devices are shipping now and may be purchased online or through Xilinx distributors.

The JPEG 2000 decoder will be available in October 2007, while the JPEG2000 encoder to follow in calendar Q4 2007.

About intoPIX
intoPIX develops and markets handling tools for large data stream with intrinsic high value with special regard to pictures having value in their quality, security and authoring rights. Based in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, intoPIX was established in 2005 following a decision taken in 2001 by the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) to direct the activities of its Electronic, Cryptographic and Image Compression laboratories towards the provision of JPEG 2000 compression solutions. intoPIX’s world leading competences include FPGA and software engineering, JPEG2000 image compression and symmetric-asymmetric security.

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.