Xilinx announces new 28nm Kintex-7 FPGA-based reference designs, development baseboard

by K C Krishnadas, TechOnline India - January 07, 2012

Industry’s first 4K2K FPGA implementation highlights Xilinx design platforms for bringing ultra realistic interactive displays to market

Xilinx has announced the 28nm Kintex-7 FPGA-based targeted reference designs and a new development baseboard for accelerating the development of 3D and 4K2K display technologies aimed at giving consumers a rich, immersive experience.

The performance and flexibility provided by 28nm Kintex-7 FPGAs allows manufacturers to build stunningly immersive technology into new consumer TV screens that come with features such as multiple windows/picture-in-picture, 3D graphics for games and ultra- realistic viewing that goes far beyond HDTV. With development resources that include the baseboard, tools, IP cores, and reference designs needed to begin developing their system, manufacturers can hasten development of cutting-edge televisions, projectors, and monitors.

“We’re on the cusp of an era that offers better-than-ever display technologies for an excitingly immersive viewer experience. Just as we’ve seen the emergence of 3DTV for consumers closely following the deployment of faster, cheaper FPGAs, we anticipate a similar trend in the industry’s deployment of 4K2K," said Bruce Berkoff, Chairman of the LCD TV Association.

Xilinx’s 28nm Kintex-7 FPGA-based development technologies are among the display technologies to be made available to consumers soon. The combination of hardware, IP cores, and targeted reference designs from Xilinx and TED allows display makers who have 1080i systems (HD) or 1080P (Full HD) and designs in their labs to quickly develop systems so they can be ready with the new displays with little additional engineering investment before 4K2K content becomes widely available. In fact, the 4K2K up-converter reference design makes it possible for 1080i or 1080P content to be displayed on 4K2K systems.

“The ACDC 1.0 Base Board with the Kintex-7 FPGA enables the entire chain of development from broadcast to consumer in support of ultra-high definition consumer displays, not just 4K2K,” said Ben Runyan, Director of Broadcast and Consumer Segment Marketing at Xilinx.

Kintex-7 FPGA System Integration for Display

The ACDC 1.0 Base Board forms the heart of Xilinx’s system integration tools for developing consumer displays. Designers who are already working with 1080i or 1080P technologies can quickly migrate to 4K2K by using the Mosaic reference design and HDTV-to-4K2K up-converter included as part of the platform. The HDTV-to-4K2K up-converter also solves the content dilemma by providing a necessary tool to be able to use any standard 1080i (HD) or 1080P (Full HD) content on a rich immersive 4K2K display.  The base board and optional FPGA Mezzanine Cards (FMC) can also support:

• Video In Connectivity via DisplayPort, HDMI™, and DVI standards;
• Video Processing with De-interlacer, Video Scaler, Color Space Converter, Gamma Correction,  Edge Enhancement, Motion Adaptive Noise Reduction, Frame Rate Converter, Color Grading, and On-Screen-Display features that come with the Video and Image Processing Pack (VIPP) from Xilinx;
• Video-out Connectivity to the display panel through V-by-One® HS, DisplayPort, and LVDS.
FPGAs Enabling Immersive Video Experience

Availability

The ACDC 1.0 Baseboard with the Kintex-7 FPGA as well as the targeted reference designs will be available in Q2 2012.

For more information, visit www.xilinx.com/products/boards-and-kits/TB-7K325T-IMG.htm

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