At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Conference, Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading programmable logic supplier, and OmniTek announced the successful deployment and broad adoption of the Advanced Video Development Platform (AVDP). OmniTek is the product division of Image Processing Techniques Ltd., a leading UK consultancy company providing electronics design services to the broadcast and post-production industries. The AVDP is based on the Xilinx(R) Virtex(R)-5 LXT and SXT platforms with integrated Endpoints for PCI Express(R) technology and is now in full production for all Virtex-5 field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
Xilinx and OmniTek will demonstrate the AVDP and associated video processing intellectual property (IP) offerings at NAB in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center from April 14-17 in Booth #SU9926 (Xilinx) and Booth #SL11705 (OmniTek).
“We are pleased that the AVDP is helping customers get to market quickly with lower risk,” said Roger Fawcett, managing director of OmniTek. “The mix of serial transceivers, embedded PCIe(R) interface, and high-performance DSP capability made the Virtex-5 FPGA family an obvious choice on which to build our platform. The resulting combination of hardware, IP and broadcast design expertise we offer is very appealing to video system engineers.”
Broad Industry Adoption
The AVDP is a complete system development environment that also includes: source code for scaling, deinterlacing, combining, PCI Express direct memory access (DMA) and memory control, software drivers and graphical user interface, and user documentation. The platform has gained traction among broadcast and digital cinema equipment designers because it supports SDI, HD-SDI, Dual Link SDI, 3G-SDI and DVB-ASI connectivity protocols via a daughter card option. This enables streaming of broadcast and digital cinema quality video to and from a standard personal computer through a PCIe 1x/4x interface.
“With the AVDP, Xilinx and OmniTek offer a high-performance, low-risk way to evaluate and develop video algorithms that can be retargeted and integrated with other IP on our latest design, the RHDM-2301 High-Definition reference monitor. This means I can get into production faster and more cost effectively,” commented Jeroen Debonnet, R&D manager from Barco, global technology company that designs and develops visualization products for a variety of selected professional markets.
Jean-Francois Nivart, chief executive officer of intoPIX, agrees that the platform provides a competitive advantage, “Using the AVDP enables our customers to speed-up their development based on our JPEG2000 IP cores without worrying about a hardware platform. Used as evaluation board and as design platform, the AVDP reveals to be a key system-level solution to our cinema and broadcast customers.”
The Advanced Video Development Platform is now available for purchase from OmniTek and Xilinx distributors, Avnet, Inc. and Nu Horizons Electronics. The list price ranges from US$3,900 to US$7,400 depending on the Virtex-5 FPGA and daughter card required.
OmniTek is an innovative test and measurement company formed in 2001, specializing in the development of video analysis equipment for SD, HD and digital cinema applications. OmniTek’s market-leading products are standard equipment at broadcasters, post-production facilities, and R&D laboratories the world over.
About Xilinx in Broadcast
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