MANHASSET, N.Y. Altera Corp. and Gennum Corp. announced Wednesday (April 13) that they are working together to deliver a next-generation video interface for the broadcast industry.
The solution combines the Stratix GX FPGAs from Altera (San Jose) and cable equalizer and driver products from Gennum (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) and enable a 3-Gbps signal over a coax.
"The movement in the broadcast industry toward 1080-line progressive video formats is creating demand for a 3-Gbps serial interface," said Alan Ferguson, director, video transport products at Gennum, in a statement. "Copper is still the lowest cost method of transporting digital video, so the industry will be pleased to learn that 100 meters of coax is possible at 3-Gbps."
Altera's Stratix GX FPGA's serializer and deserializer, combined with Gennum's equalizer and cable driver, produce a multi-rate link that supports Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) protocols 259M-C (270 Mbps) and 292M (1.485 Gbps), and twice the SMPTE 292M data rate (2.970 Gbps).