Xilinx takes Zynq platform into broadcast applications

September 06, 2012 // By Nick Flaherty
Xilinx has teamed up with OmniTek on a Linux-based high performance real time processing platform for broadcast equipment based around its Zynq programmable system on a chip.

The OmniTek Zynq-7000 SoC Broadcast Development Kit allows broadcast OEMs to now combine their own hardware and software IP with a high-performance, reprogrammable video processing platform for creating unique and differentiated broadcast equipment that can easily adapt to changing standards.
The Zynq-7000 family combines an ARM dual-core Cortex-A9 MPCore processing system with tightly coupled programmable logic on a single die so that developers can combine software algorithms for video quality and analysis on the ARM cores with hardware acceleration in the FPGA fabric, all within the same environment.
The key for broadcasters is the Zynq 7045 device that has started sampling that provides 10Gbit/s interfaces for SDI and high speed Ethernet links, says Rob Green, senior product marketing manager for broadcast at Xilinx. "This also allows audio algorithms such as Dolby to be added to the system using the ARM cores, making the synchronisation much simpler," he said.
“The unique 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 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).