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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Xilinx Announces Advanced Reference Designs to Accelerate Design of Flat-Panel Displays

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via NewsEdge Corporation

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Xilinx Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) today announced the immediate availability of several solutions that digital display designers can use to accelerate the development of complex image enhancement algorithms in high-quality flat-panel displays. Available through partners in the Xilinx Alliance Program, the reference designs are proven on a Spartan(TM)-3 based validation platform developed specifically to address key technical challenges faced by LCD and PDP television panel and video board designers. Visit for more information.

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The flat-panel display market is one of the fastest growing segments in the electronics industry, thanks to declining prices and government mandates promoting digital programming. Panel makers are expanding their production capacities to meet demands and encourage adoption. According to iSuppli, worldwide shipments of LCD and PDP TVs are expected to increase from 20 million units in 2004 to nearly 80 million units in 2009.

To address this demand, Xilinx has partnered with Alliance partners Digital Design Corporation (DDC), Tata Elxsi and Apical to introduce ready-to-use, FPGA-optimized, fully-tested reference designs that enable advanced image processing features such as precise gamma correction, motion artifact estimation, noise reduction, sharpness enhancement, and connectivity features like LVDS/RSDS Rx/Tx and flexible timing controllers.

"Designers of display systems compete to the be the first to deliver advanced imaging processing techniques and differentiated value-add features for high-quality television viewing at price points that enable them to capture the largest market share for a given panel size. Spartan-3 FPGAs have gained wide acceptance across key digital display manufacturers worldwide and continue to help them manage time-to-market, differentiation, and cost pressures," said Krishna Rangasayee, senior director of Vertical Marketing and Partnerships at Xilinx.

The various solutions have been validated on an advanced FPGA-based digital displays hardware development platform based on the Spartan-3 FPGA family. The platform provides a connection to a video source where the Spartan-3 FPGA stores the image in memory and manipulates it on a frame-by-frame basis. The enhanced image is then output to either LVDS or DVI connectors, enabling support for multiple panel types. The development platform uses an integrated 32-bit MicroBlaze(TM) RISC processor in the FPGA to run complicated processes, such as false contour reduction, which requires a high-speed memory interface for frame-by-frame motion compensation and estimation.

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