Anchor Bay Technologies (ABT), creator of the award-winning DVDO video processing technologies, has achieved tape-out-success on two of its video processing scaler ASICs using FPGA-to-ASIC conversion technology provided by AMI Semiconductor (AMIS).
AMIS was able to provide with ABT fast time-to-market due to its proven FPGA-to-ASIC flow that have been developed and refined over the last 20 years (they now have more than 3000 successful FPGA-to-ASIC conversions to their credit).
ABT focused on implementation and verification of the source code in its original FPGA design, while AMIS ported the design into a deep-submicron standard cell technology, integrating additional functionality for a reduced total system cost.
"The video processing area, which is extremely competitive, is driven by time-to-market and reduced part costs, making it a perfect arena for using FPGA-to-ASIC technology," said Vince Hopkin, vice president of structured digital products at AMI Semiconductor. "Our strong track record in converting mid-range ASICs and our specialized IP targeted at the video consumer market made it possible to exceed Anchor Bay's expectations, and made AMIS the best choice for their needs. This was certainly an exciting project for us and we look forward to continued success with Anchor Bay in the future."
ABT's high performance video scaling ASICs for Standard Definition and High Definition video signal processing are completely flexible, accepting standard definition (480p, 576p) and high definition (720p and 1080i) inputs and outputting any resolution from VGA (640x480) to 1080p (1920x1080) with multiple standard and custom aspect ratios. Since the scaling engine is so flexible, other image manipulation features are also supported including zoom, pan and border controls. The two parts are currently sampling and will begin shipping in the first quarter of 2006.
Currently, AMIS supports cell-based structured digital technologies as well as structured arrays with its XPressArray and XLArray product families. These provide drop-in replacement FPGA intellectual property as well as seamless turnkey design services that reduce customer resource requirements in order to cost reduce FPGA designs for mass manufacturing as ASICs.
For additional information on AMI Semiconductor's FPGA-to-ASIC conversion services, please visit the FPGA-to-ASIC page on their website. And for more information on Anchor Bay Technologies, please visit their website at www.anchorbaytech.com.