Xilinx introduces new Targeted Design Platforms at NAB show

April 19, 2012 — Mike Demler, Editorial Director
Xilinx and Tokyo Electron Device Ltd. have developed a new Display TDP for 4K2K Display applications

Xilinx has launched a new set of Targeted Design Platforms (TDP), at the 2102 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas this week. The Display TDP supports development of content for emerging quad High Definition 4K2K (Quad HD) displays. Aaron Behman, Senior Manager for Broadcast & Consumer Market Segments, says that Xilinx worked with alliance partner Tokyo Electron Device Ltd. on the Display TDP, which will be sold under the inrevium brand for $2,995. The Display TDP uses the 28nm Kintex-7 . Xilinx and TED include three reference designs with the Display TDP, including a mosaic design function which enables users to stitch together four individual 1920x1080 video streams into a single 4K2K display. Other reference designs are provided for performing standard HD to 4K2K up-conversion, and a 4K2K frame rate converter from 60Hz to 120Hz

Xilinx has also updated their Real-Time Video Engine (RTVE) TDP to the Kintex-7 FPGA. The new version adds the capability for dual processing video pipelines, for applications such as picture-in-picture. A new web GUI allows connecting to a LAN router for remote control of the TDP from a tablet, PC or smartphone. Xilinx targets the RTVE at applications in broadcast switchers and routers, multiviewers and display systems.

Xilinx designed a third set of TDPs for Edge Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM) applications, in Hospitality QAM for hotel room Video-on-Demand (VoD), and Converged Cable Access Platforms (CCAP). Designers can add an FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) to the TDP, with Digital- Converters (DACs) from Analog Devices (AD9739A) or Maxim Integrated Products (MAX5882). The Edge QAM TDP will be available with the Kintex-7 KC705 Base Board and Kintex-7 K325T FPGA, or the Virtex-7 VC707 Evaluation Board and Virtex-7 485T FPGA. Xilinx is also developing a Quad port version, which will employ dual Virtex-7 X485T/X690T .


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