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Namsong adopts Xilinx FPGA for broadcast apps

Posted: 04 Jul 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:portable field monitors  FPGA  broadcast applications 

Namsong Industrial Co. Ltd designs Xilinx Inc.'s Spartan-6 field programmable gate array (FPGA) into its multi-format portable field monitors recently introduced at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2011 conference.

Namsong's multi-format XMD-9900 9inch portable field monitor can be used on a rack or desktop, mounted to a camera or deployed in the field for a variety of applications (e.g., studio monitor wall, remote/outside broadcast van, electronic news-gathering/electronic field-production, mobile 'fly pack' production studio, video tape recorder/double data rate memory replay).

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, analogue-to-digital conversion, and re-clocked output. According to Namsong, it 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.

With Spartan-6, Namsong says it 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.

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