PARIS Ė Seeking to foster the adoption of high definition broadcast systems design, Altera Corp. has launched the High Definition Quality Initiative (HDQI). 4i2i Communications Ltd, ATEME SA, Let It Wave SA and PLD Applications joined the initiative as founding members.
Altera (San Jose, California) explained that the initiative intends to allow designers to "quickly and cost-effectively address the rapidly growing need for high-quality HD systems." In this sense, the HDQI has defined key priorities, including HD quality, affordability and system design productivity, and is working on the development of solutions targeted at hot spots throughout the broadcast infrastructure.
As part of the initiative, Altera noted that it would provide audio/video and IT reference designs, solutions for H.264 broadcast quality encoder and decoder, an audio sample rate converter, JPEG2000, multi-rate and multi-channel video networking solutions, and application-specific development platforms and system-design tools. The Californian company said it would also provide a characterized serial digital interface (SDI) IP core that can implement triple-rate SDI (SD SDI, HD SDI and 3G SDI) on the same transceiver pin.
"Today's broadcast systems call for creativity in the face of multiple audio/video formats, compression standards and distribution methods; competitive cost pressures; and equipment interoperability requirements," declared Tim Colleran, vice president of Altera's consumer, automotive and broadcast business units. "Together with our partners, HDQI offers solutions and development kits optimized for our latest programmable solutions to fill key functions throughout the entire broadcast infrastructure."