Xilinx, MindWay Announce Digital Television Modulation IP Cores

Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading provider of programmable logic solutions, and MindWay S.r.l., an IP core and design services company, announced availability of new digital television modulation IP cores based on Xilinx(R) Virtex(TM)-5 FPGAs and Spartan(TM)-3E FPGAs for digital video broadcast (DVB) technology. This is an integral part of global broadcasting standards for satellite, cable, and terrestrial transmission equipment. The new IP cores support DVB-T/H, DVB-C, DVB-S and ATSC 8-VSB transmission standards, enabling design engineers to quickly adopt DVB technology in their design while drastically reducing overall system cost. The programmable solution offers ultimate flexibility to adapt to user requirements and emerging next generation modulation schemes.

The modulator cores perform all the digital baseband functions required for the transmission side of DVB and ATSC broadcast links. The cores accept an MPEG transport stream, perform various coding, interleaving, modulation, shaping functions, and output an I/R filtered output for use by an external modulator. A DVB-T/H Filter core is also available to perform linear and non- linear pre-distortion, spectrum shoulder filtering, and gain control depending on the 2K, 4K, or 8K transmission mode used by the DVB-T/H modulator.

“The implementation of these modulation cores on Xilinx devices provides designers a lower cost-per-channel solution capable of outperforming DSP-based systems and competing FPGAs,” said Michele Corvo, sales manager for MindWay. “We feel strongly that broadcasters will ultimately benefit from the performance and flexibility of our Xilinx FPGA-based designs, giving them the ability to provide cost effective, high performance solutions.”

“The collaboration with MindWay to deliver important modulation solutions adds a key element to our expanding broadcast portfolio,” said Paolo Masini, senior manager of Broadcast Vertical Marketing at Xilinx. “Through this solid collaboration and innovative technology we are able to meet designers and broadcasters needs to maximize the use of available bandwidth.”

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.

IP cores for the DVB-T/H, DVB-S, DVB-C, ATSC 8-VSB modulators and the DVB-T/H Filter are available now as netlists or complete design environments.

About MindWay S.r.l.
MindWay S.r.l., founded in 2005, continues the design and consulting experience of Siscad, started in 1984. Headquartered in Agrate Brianza, close to Milan, MindWay is a fast growing privately owned company focused on providing synthesizable HDL or SystemC IP cores, ASIC (SoC) or FPGA design and design verification services. MindWay has a strong background of more than 20 years of design activity and has an internal IP core development program focusing on image compression, broadcasting, telecom and aerospace. MindWay can also develop IP cores according to customer specification.

About Xilinx
Xilinx, Inc. is the worldwide leader of programmable logic solutions.