SiliconGear and Namsong design their video
sys using Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGAs
Xilinx, Inc. has announced that its Spartan-6 field programmable
gate array (FPGA) is used by SiliconGear in its latest generation
high-definition (HD) video security and video display platform
and also another Xilinx' old customer Namsong Industrial
Co., Ltd. has designed its newest line of professional,
multi-format portable field monitors using Spartan-6 FPGAs.
SiliconGear makes low-cost, high-performance HD-serial
digital interface (SDI) digital video recorder (DVR) and
set-top box surveillance equipment. The company recently
introduced its new Spartan-6-based multi-channel HD video
multiplexer, HD digital video recorder (DVR) solution at
Secutech 2011, the 15th international conference for electronic
and information security.
Xilinx says SiliconGear selected Spartan-6 FPGAs over competing
FPGA and application-specific alternatives because its built-in
transceivers, high-speed memory controllers and HD-SDI capability
met end market requirements for superior DVR video and image
processing performance. Over the past year, the company
has also designed Xilinx FPGAs into three generations of
DVR and set-top box solutions.
"Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGAs were ideally suited to our
customers' application requirements, making it possible
for us to get to market quickly with a low-cost, high performance
HD-SDI DVR solution ahead of our competition," said
SiliconGear Chief Technology Officer Jong-Yoon Im. "With
our new HD-SDI platform, manufacturers can easily implement
high-speed transmission of HD video over cable, while significantly
reducing their bill of materials by integrating system functionality
previously performed by discrete logic for video MUX (multiplex),
controllers and other glue logic.
"Going forward, we see tremendous potential for Xilinx
28nm 7 series FPGAs for our next-generation DVR and set-top
box platforms. We're also looking at developing a complementary
HD-SDI camera image signal processing solution."
Where as Namsong credits the performance and flexibility
of Spartan-6 with enabling high-reliability, high-precision
image processing features in the XMD-9900, including built-in
vectorscope, standard auto-sensing HD-SDI (high-definition,
serial digital interface) input, analog-to-digital conversion,
and re-clocked output. Namsong selected Spartan-6 over competing
FPGA and application-specific alternatives due to superior
video image processing performance enabled by its built-in
HD-SDI receiver/transceivers and memory bandwidth controller,
as per Xilinx.
"For more than a decade, Namsong Industrial has counted
on Xilinx as a valued supplier and key contributor to our
success in delivering more than 20 professional broadcast
display systems to our customers over many generations,"
said Namsong Industrial Director of R&D Chang Joon Lee.
"Our new XMD-9900 system is the latest example of Namsong
engineering innovation with Xilinx FPGAs. In the future,
we expect to further integrate system functionality onto
Xilinx 28nm Zynq(TM) and 7 series FPGAs."
Xilinx says with Spartan-6, Namsong was able to significantly
increase architectural efficiency for tri-speed video by
taking advantage of consolidated clock management tiles
(CMT), including phase-locked loops (PLLs) with various
digital clock managers (DCMs). In addition, the design team
was able to build in more features into the system using
extra memory space enabled by Spartan-6's multi-boot memory
Xilinx claims it has sold more than 10,000 Targeted Design
Platforms. More than 30 6 series Targeted Design Platforms
and 70 FMC daughter cards are available in production today
from Xilinx and members of its global ecosystem (Distribution
Channel and Alliance Program).
For more information on Xilinx 6 series FPGAs, visit: http://www.xilinx.com/products/devices.