Silicon Labs, Xilinx Team on Solutions for Digital Broadcast Video

Silicon Laboratories Inc. (NASDAQ: SLAB), a leader in high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs, announced support for a range of Xilinx development platforms that increase flexibility and performance in applications such as digital broadcast video. Xilinx, a leader in complete programmable logic solutions, leverages Silicon Labs’ frequency-flexible timing IC solutions in a number of its latest development platforms, including the new Spartan-6 FPGA Broadcast Connectivity Kit, where Silicon Labs’ low jitter technology maximizes link integrity.

Xilinx’s Virtex-6 FPGA and Spartan-6 FPGA Broadcast Connectivity Kits use Silicon Labs’ Si5324 clock IC to address the increasing complexity of clock synthesis in broadcast video applications. These applications require a frequency flexible solution for clock synchronization and generation in high-definition serial digital interface (HD-SDI) and 3G SDI designs. The Si5324 generates a wide range of video clock rates synchronized to an HYSNC signal or reference clock input while eliminating the need for external VCXO and loop filter components. In addition, the Si5324 delivers programmable sub-10 Hz jitter attenuation bandwidth and industry-leading jitter performance of 5 picoseconds peak to peak, providing significant margin to 3G SDI standards. By meeting these standards with considerable margin, the jitter budget that would otherwise be allocated to clock generation can be applied to other system components, simplifying component selection and design.

“Xilinx focuses on enabling customers to get to market faster by providing an FPGA development platform that gives them the flexibility and performance needed to reduce design cycles,” said Raj Seelam, senior marketing manager, Platform Solutions at Xilinx. “The programmability of Silicon Labs’ timing solutions offers an innovative way to evaluate different frequency plans without changing hardware or increasing the bill of materials, enabling a single IC design to address multi-frequency applications.”

Silicon Labs’ complementary crystal oscillators (XOs) and voltage-controlled crystal oscillators (VCXOs) are also ideal for broadcast video applications, providing low jitter clock generation and support for any frequency from 10 to 1.4 GHz, any format (CMOS, LVDS, LVPECL, CML) and any supply voltage (1.8, 2.5, or 3.3 V) with guaranteed jitter as low as 0.5 ps rms (max). The Si53x/Si55x/Si59x/Si57x family includes single, dual, quad and any-frequency I2C programmable XO/VCXOs capable of supporting any video or audio frequency using a single XO/VCXO. These devices can dramatically simplify clock generation and reduce BOM cost in multi-rate HD and 3G SDI applications.

Pricing and Availability
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