Xilinx and Apical Announce High Performance Video Enhancement IP for 1080p High Definition Displays

New Intellectual Property Core Leverages Key Capabilities of Cost-Effective Spartan-3 Platform

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) today, Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), the world's leading programmable logic supplier, and Apical, a leading provider of advanced image processing solutions, unveiled the Iridix v6 video enhancement core optimized for the Xilinx Spartan(TM)-3 platform. The solution improves display video quality and supports emerging higher definition 1080p displays while using only 20 percent more FPGA resources than the Iridix v5 768p core. Xilinx is showcasing the solution at this week's CES January 8-12, South Hall, Booth #35580 in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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The solution comprises unique human perception-based pixel-by-pixel dynamic range compression, fine pixel/edge preservation and color correction algorithms to result in superior picture quality as viewed by the end customer. The IP Core leverages the distinctive embedded multipliers and substantial Block Ram (BRAM) resources of the Spartan-3 family of FPGAs, essential to enable many high end video processing algorithms. The FPGA and IP solution complements existing video processing ASSPs in the marketplace to provide best in class display picture quality.

"The Iridix v6 core provides breakthrough video enhancement algorithms to substantially improve the video quality of emerging 1080p HD displays," said Michael Tusch, CEO at Apical. "The flexibility and performance of the cost effective Spartan-3 family provided the perfect platform to enable high volume high quality high definition displays."

"Xilinx is well positioned to meet evolving display manufacturer requirements to deliver unique, highly competitive display models under constant pressure, while meeting stringent time-to-market requirements," said Christophe Chene, senior marketing director of the General Products Division at Xilinx.


The Iridix v6 core is available now. Contact Apical at http://www.apical-imaging.com/ for more information.

About Apical

Apical specialises in the development and implementation of novel image processing technology based on research into the human visual system. For more information, visit www.apical-imaging.com.

About Xilinx

Xilinx is the worldwide leader in complete programmable logic solutions. For more information, visit www.xilinx.com.


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