At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Conference, Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading programmable logic supplier, announced that Miranda Technologies Inc. (TSX: MT), a developer and manufacturer of high-performance hardware/software for the television broadcast industry, has launched a new 3G/HD/SD universal audio/video processor that incorporates Xilinx(R) Virtex(R)-5 field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) to lower system costs and accelerate time to market.
Today’s announcement builds on the history of success between the two companies, which was integral to accelerating development of the new processor, the first from Miranda Technologies with triple rate data input/output capabilities. The processor features dual triple-rate serializer and deserializer functions for real-time audio and video processing with automatic frame accurate Aspect Ratio Conversion (ARC), enabled by the ultra high-performance digital signal processing (DSP) capabilities of the Virtex-5 SXT platform. The new offering is targeted for high-end broadcast and television applications with the Miranda Technologies Densite Series of signal processing and distribution products. The company will demonstrate its new device during NAB, April 14-17 in Booth #SU6811 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
“Our familiarity with Xilinx offerings certainly factors into the efficiency with which we are able to development new products. But, the Virtex-5 silicon portfolio and accompanying ecosystem of tools and IP stand on their own when it comes to high-performance design,” said Jean-Marc d’Anjou, senior vice president of the Infrastructure Business Unit at Miranda Technologies. “For us, triple rate SDI was a prerequisite in order to offer 3G/SD/HD input/output in a single chip. The embedded serial transceivers in the Virtex-5 SXT FPGA made it possible to integrate the functionality and achieve the price-performance we needed for our device.”
Programmable Logic in Broadcast
Miranda Technologies is among the growing number of broadcast manufacturers to benefit from the inherent flexibility and time-to-market advantages of Xilinx programmable logic solutions. With a dedicated team focused on the broadcast market, Xilinx offers a range of silicon platforms, design software, reference designs and intellectual property (IP) cores that provide broadcast equipment designers with a cost-effective, comprehensive development environment.
The Xilinx silicon portfolio includes the DSP-optimized Virtex-5 SXT platform, which integrates triple-rate SDI (3G/SD/HD) capabilities with a single multi-gigabit transceiver. The high-speed serial design supports dynamic switching, without reconfiguring the FPGA, between standards for transmit or receive with automatic standard detection. As in the case of Miranda Technologies, with the ability to implement multiple channels in a single Virtex-5 SXT device, product developers save board real estate and reduce overall system costs.
“The needs of infrastructure suppliers to the broadcast industry continue to change at a rapid pace, as content delivery mechanisms, standards and formats evolve,” said Gregg Hawkes, principal engineer at Xilinx. “We are committed to bringing the performance, lower power, and cost benefits of our application-specific solutions and programmable platforms to industry innovators like Miranda Technologies, so they can quickly accommodate market requirements while ‘future proofing’ their products.”
Xilinx is conducting demonstrations of broadcast solutions including its advanced video development platform (AVDP), connectivity and video over IP applications at this week’s NAB in Booth #SU9926 located in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
About Xilinx Virtex-5 Series FPGAs
The Virtex-5 family is the fifth generation in the award-winning Virtex series and is built upon the industry’s most advanced 65-nanometer triple-oxide technology, breakthrough ExpressFabric(TM) technology and proven ASMBL(TM) architecture. The Virtex-5 family features four domain-optimized platforms for high-speed logic, digital signal processing, embedded processing and serial connectivity applications. Production devices are shipping now and may be purchased online or through Xilinx distributors. For further cost reductions, the Xilinx EasyPath(TM) program enables customers to use Virtex-5 devices in high-volume applications. Visit http://www.xilinx.com/virtex5 for more information.
About Xilinx in Broadcast
Xilinx is the worldwide leader in programmable logic solutions offering a wide array of solutions for the broadcast industry, ranging from video, audio and network connectivity, real-time HD video processing and high-speed digital signal processing for transmission and modulation. Xilinx offers reference designs and IP cores as building blocks for complete broadcast systems. For more information, visit http://www.xilinx.com/broadcast.
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