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  Date: 30th Jun 2011

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 configuration.

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).

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