Dolby Selects Virtex-4 SX FPGA Chipset for LED-Backlit LCD Display

Xilinx Inc., (Nasdaq: XLNX) announced that its Virtex(TM)-4 SX field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) chipsets have been approved for Dolby Laboratories, Inc.’s (NYSE: DLB) recent high dynamic range (HDR) innovations. Dolby joins a growing number of industry leaders leveraging the Xilinx high-performance XtremeDSP(TM) solutions to introduce innovative technologies.

“The Xilinx FPGA chipset enables the timely implementation of Dolby’s complex high dynamic range algorithms for next generation LCD televisions with LED backlighting technology,” said Guido Voltolina, director, Image Technology, Dolby Laboratories. “Working with Xilinx, Dolby now brings manufacturers one step closer to integrating our HDR technologies into LED-backlit LCD televisions.”

“The inherent ability of FPGAs to implement highly parallel architectures enables astounding DSP performance — up to two orders of magnitude higher than discrete DSP processors. Forward-thinking developers such as Dolby are leveraging the capabilities of our high-performance XtremeDSP solutions to deliver their innovative technology solutions efficiently and effectively,” said Tim Erjavec, director of Embedded & DSP marketing at Xilinx.

Flexible architecture allows tailored solutions
Display technology preferences vary across geographies and end markets. By combining the flexibility of a programmable architecture with high-performance DSP capabilities, high-definition display developers can create tailored solutions based on the specific needs of each end customer or partner. At speeds of 500 MHz, Xilinx Virtex-4 SX DSP slices deliver an aggregate DSP bandwidth of 256 GigaMACs/second, while consuming a mere 57 micronW/MHz.

Dolby’s LED-backlit LCD display technology
Dolby’s HDR technologies provide improved contrast ratio and image quality by leveraging light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with local dimming. In addition it adds advanced high dynamic range capabilities to LED-backlit units, increasing both the brightness and contrast of an LCD display. Dolby HDR technologies offer a picture quality that virtually matches real-world perception of depth, detail and color, surpassing the picture quality of conventional LCD displays.

About Xilinx XtremeDSP Solutions
Xilinx is the world’s leading supplier of high-performance reconfigurable DSP solutions optimized for performance, price and power. Xilinx XtremeDSP solutions come complete with silicon platforms, design tools, development boards and kits, reference designs and a host of signal processing IP for wireless and multimedia video applications. The XtremeDSP silicon portfolio delivers maximum flexibility with three device platforms: the Virtex(TM)-4 SX platform with over 250 GMACS at 500MHz, Virtex-5 SXT platform for ultra-high bandwidth with over 350 GMACS at 550MHz and integrated low-power serial connectivity, and the Spartan-3A DSP platform with the most price-performance optimized devices offering over 30 GMACS at 250MHz.

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