Impulse Accelerated Technologies just announced the availability of a Video Processing Developer's Kit for the design of medical, military, automotive, and consumer electronics video systems in hours instead of days.
Demand for hardware-accelerated image processing is on the upswing, and FPGAs are able to achieve performance and time-to-market goals. FPGAs offer better processing/power efficiency for video applications than traditional processors or DSPs, and have the ability to consolidate entire systems on one device.
By combining Impulse software-to-hardware tools with a turnkey development kit, concepts are rapidly validated and next-gen products developed. The Impulse Video Processor Developer's Kit, Impulse CSWIN-XIVID-KIT-300, features a Xilinx XtremeDSP Video Starter Kit, based on a Spartan-3A Edition development board, and the Impulse CoDeveloper C-to-FPGA tools. Complex object recognition, video format conversion, and high-definition video filtering algorithms can be mastered with little or no prior FPGA knowledge. Kits based on Xilinx Virtex-5 Series FPGA devices are also available.
The CoDeveloper tool flow includes C-language FPGA reference examples, C-to-hardware tools and libraries. Also provided are the Xilinx Platform Studio, System Generator software, and high-definition video reference examples. Pre-optimized video processing libraries are optional. Integration with tools allows the generated FPGA hardware to be imported directly into Xilinx Platform Studio for system generation. The Impulse tools include automatic C-to-FPGA hardware generation and interactive optimization features, and are fully compatible with standard C development tools such as GCC and Microsoft Visual Studio.
Ready-to-run reference applications provided with the kit include streaming, real-time HD filtering and object recognition, at multiple video resolutions.