Xilinx and OmniTek launch all programmable SoCs for broadcast manufacturers

Xilinx and the Certified Xilinx Alliance Program Member, OmniTek, have launched a real-time video processing platform at this year’s IBC that will give broadcast equipment OEMs a host of new opportunities to accelerate their design productivity while providing higher levels of performance through programmable system integration.  Powered by Xilinx’s ARM-based Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC, the OmniTek Zynq-7000 SoC Broadcast Development Kit will enable broadcast OEMs to combine their own hardware and software IP (intellectual property) with a high-performance, reprogrammable video processing platform to create differentiated broadcast equipment that can adapt to changing standards.

“Delivering value to broadcasters in a world of constantly changing standards is an increasingly difficult task for manufacturers that we and OmniTek are looking to address with the Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC platform,” said Ben Runyan, director of broadcast and consumer segment marketing at Xilinx. “Leveraging the hardware and software programmability of our Zynq-7000 family, the platform gives customers unprecedented capabilities for developing next-generation video solutions.”

The Zynq-7000 family is the first SoC family to incorporate an ARM dual-core Cortex-A9 MPCore processing system with tightly coupled programmable logic on a single die. This combination is able to increase performance and improve processing-intensive real-time video applications. Zynq-7000 devices are all programmable – meaning the hardware, software and I/O are each fully programmable – which means that OEMs are able to accelerate time-to-market, focus on product innovation and reprogram their products to meet changing standards and specifications.

“The architecture of the Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC development environment in broadcast applications enables OEMs to achieve their goals of accelerating the time-to-market for their next-generation of products, while incorporating unique features and reducing the bill-of-materials (BOM) of their system,” said Roger Fawcett, managing director of OmniTek. “Complementing this, the performance and reprogrammability of Zynq-7000 devices enables us to address broadcasters’ requirements to support performance-intensive real-time applications that need to be ‘future proof’ to adapt to changing industry standards and specifications.”

Broadcast equipment OEMs can also reduce the BOM costs for their equipment using a single Zynq-7000 device rather than multiple chips to achieve their processing requirements. Additionally, Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC-based products consume less power compared to multiple chip equivalents, thanks to the tight integration between the ARM processing system and 28nm programmable logic.

The OmniTek Zynq-7000 SoC Broadcast Development Kit includes the new 2.0 release of the Xilinx Real-Time Video Engine (RTVE) developed jointly with OmniTek. RTVE 2.0 incorporates OmniTek’s advanced video processing IP, along with Xilinx’s Video & Image Processing Pack (VIPP). This unique combination enables OEMs to focus on innovation and features – rather than hardware configuration or software systems – so they can quickly develop professional-quality monitors, studio cameras, production switchers and other products with unique functionality and features.



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