Date:17th Jan 2012
FPGA gaining space in consumer electronics
Generally due to cost, complexity and power consumption,
design engineers stayed away from using FPGA in consumer
electronics design. However with the new 28nm chips, and
even the larger node chips designed exclusively for consumer
gadgets, FPGA is finding more space in consumer electronics.
Also another reason is, these days consumer electronics
need more computing power and the flexibility in hardware
for product diffrentiation and new-standards adaptability.
Developers are exploring methods to leverage FPGA in offering
unique differntiating features. FPGA vendors are also supporting
the domain with exclusive product families and reference
designs. The major drawback of FPGA is higher cost (both
chip and development), over the time it may also change.
At Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012, Xilinx and Lattice
semiconductor have showcased some of their products.
Xilinx has announced it has demostrated Field Programmable
Gate Array (FPGA) based Ethernet Audio/Video Bridging (EAVB)
network implementation optimized for carrying high-speed
data traffic within the automobile. The EAVB Development
Kit was co-developed with Xilinx Alliance Program member
Digital Design Corp. (DDC). In the Xilinx/DDC demonstration,
video data from four different cameras are streamed over
an EAVB network to an FPGA where further DA video and graphics
processing can be performed (e.g. 3D vehicle surround view).
The EAVB Development Kit is based on the Xilinx Automotive
(XA) Spartan-6 FPGA.
Xilinx, Inc. has introduced new 28nm Kintex-7 Field Programmable
Gate Array (FPGA)-based reference designs and a new development
baseboard for development of 3D and 4K2K display technologies.
At CES 2012, Xilinx has demonstrated 4K2K Mosaic and HDTV-to-4K2K
up-converter targeted reference designs and the new ACDC
(Acquisition, Contribution, Distribution and Consumption)
1.0 Baseboard using Kintex-7 FPGAs, all jointly developed
with Premier Xilinx Alliance Program member Tokyo Electron
Device Ltd. (TED).
In addition to the 4K2K display, the demonstrations at
CES 2012 by Xilinx includes:
smart immersive 3DTV , New glassless 3D 8-way viewing technology
, A 3D head mount visor, and 3D eyewear: that simulates
viewing a 75-inch 3D 16:9 display from 10 feet away. Each
eye features a single 852x480 monitor and supports input
resolutions up to 1280x720.
An eReader that can display sheet music or kanji characters
in 12 pt font with a fast page turning capability.
An Android-based color display that can play music, video,
and display PowerPoint slides even in direct sunlight.
Lattice Semiconductor in collaboration with Aptina has
demonstrated a low cost, dual image sensor design at the
Consumer Electronics Show .
The dual image sensor design utilizes two Aptina MT9M024/MT9M034,
720P image sensors and combines the image into a single
bus on which an ISP (Image Signal Processor) can operate.
The output stream can be used to implement 3D stereoscopic
video or for other multi-camera applications. The low cost
of the solution enables other consumer applications such
as automotive black box drive recorders and surround view
cameras. The low cost, low power Lattice MachXO2 PLD and
a small SDRAM chip implement the necessary logic and frame
buffering that allow the two image sensors to be merged
into one ISP bus.