The new initiative will enable broadcast equipment OEMs to accelerate product development and add the latest video over IP capabilities to their existing products and those currently in development.
“The broadcaster’s migration to IP-based infrastructures is complicated as industry standards are in a state-of-flux, which in turn puts pressure on equipment manufacturers to implement these emerging standards," said Ben Runyan, director of broadcast and consumer segment marketing at Xilinx. "Manufacturers can now benefit from a ‘one-stop-shop’ for a comprehensive FPGA-based platform to develop ‘future proof’ IP video solutions. Not only can these manufacturers leverage the reprogrammable nature of Xilinx’s 7 series FPGAs to ensure their products can comply with changes to standards, our programmable platform can speed product development and enable OEMs to focus on innovative features and functionality.”
The platform is well suited for several products, most notably video over IP bridges, routers and production switchers and encoders. “This collaboration plays to the strengths of both companies and will clearly benefit broadcast equipment OEMs who need to accelerate the development of new IP-based video solutions that can adapt to changes in critical standards, specifications and protocols,” said Thierry Watteyne, CEO of Barco Silex.
The first offering is based on Xilinx’s 28nm Kintex-7 series of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), with Barco Silex integrating a wide range of IP cores from Xilinx (SMPTE 2022, SMPTE SDI, Ethernet MACs) and and its own JPEG2000 and high-performance memory controller, solving the inherent system integration difficulties in shared memory systems with multiple IP blocks, and ultimately stitching multiple video streams together into a working system. By incorporating solutions to these challenges in system-level reference designs, Xilinx and Barco Silex will enable customers to get their products to market much faster.
Broadcast equipment OEMs can also take advantage of the design services from Barco Silex for extra channels, features or capabilities.