Miranda Selects Altera Stratix GX for SDI and HD-SDI Capabilities

3/23/2004 - Altera® Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) and Miranda Technologies, a global supplier of professional video infrastructure products, announced that Miranda has chosen Altera’s StratixTM GX devices to deliver SDI capabilities for its next-generation products. Supporting both standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) SDI data formats is becoming a requirement for professional broadcast equipment providers, who are challenged to integrate this performance-intensive protocol reliably, flexibly, and at the lowest cost. Miranda selected Altera’s SDI solution after performing an exhaustive evaluation of all other component alternatives, including other programmable logic devices and application-specific standard products (ASSPs).

“Altera’s leadership in programmable SDI solutions is enabling a new generation of cost-effective, highly-integrated video products,” said Daniel Poirier, director of research and development for monitoring products at Miranda Technologies. “Previously, we used ASSPs for SDI, but these components cannot deliver the integration and flexibility benefits provided by the Stratix GX family. Other programmable logic alternatives required external clocking devices to achieve what Stratix GX devices could provide in a single chip. These factors, combined with the robustness of the Stratix GX transceivers, convinced us that Altera was the right choice for us, and the result is that we have the flexibility to respond quickly to our customers’ needs while keeping our development and production costs to a minimum.”

The worldwide market for audio/video content is rapidly migrating from analog to digital. Combined with the momentum of high-definition video production and distribution, this transition challenges video infrastructure leaders like Miranda to deliver the products needed to support this migration. Such products must be able to support both the SDI and HD-SDI data formats, which are used to regulate the transportation of digital video and embedded audio signals via coaxial cable between professional broadcast equipment, such as cameras, monitors, encoders and decoders, as well as recording and editing equipment.

“As the global audio/video market accelerates its migration to all-digital broadcasting, the need to rapidly and cost-effectively develop products supporting both the SDI and HD-SDI data format is becoming increasingly important for professional broadcast equipment providers,” said Todd Scott, senior director of Altera’s broadcast and consumer business unit. “Miranda’s choice of a Stratix GX-based implementation, especially after their extensive competitive analysis, highlights the quality of Altera’s SDI and HD-SDI solutions, which offer leading-edge integration, flexibility, and cost benefits.”

Stratix GX FPGAs support the high serial data speeds (up to 1.485 Gbps) required for SDI implementation on 4 to 20 full-duplex transceiver channels. The transceiver circuitry integrates clock-data recovery (CDR) and serializer-deserializer (SERDES) capabilities. Stratix GX logic elements (LEs) can be used to perform SDI input and output signal-processing functions such as framing, scrambling/descrambling and multiple SDI signal synchronization to the same clock edge.

“Altera Stratix GX devices combine high-performance programmable logic and highly-capable transceivers in an integrated solution that delivers ASSP-like features with a level of design flexibility which ASSPs cannot match,” said David Greenfield, Altera’s senior director of product marketing, FPGA products. “When industry leaders like Miranda select our products to deliver high value to their customers, it reinforces that we have incorporated the right elements into our Stratix GX family, including robust transceivers and full-featured phase-locked loops.”

About Stratix GX Devices
The Stratix GX family is Altera’s second-generation embedded transceiver family based on a 0.13-micron process technology with 1.5-V core voltage. Stratix GX devices have up to 20 embedded 3.125-Gbps transceivers and up to 45 differential I/O pins with dedicated dynamic phase alignment (DPA) circuitry supporting up to 1-Gbps source-synchronous data transfers. More technical information about the Stratix GX device family is available at www.altera.com/stratixgx.

About Miranda
Miranda Technologies is a world leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing video infrastructure products and solutions for the broadcast, AV, video networking and video transport markets. Its digital video and audio equipment is used in all stages of production, post-production and distribution, from point of acquisition through to transmission. Miranda’s products have become standards in major TV networks, telcos, post-production facilities, and audiovisual installations around the globe, providing video signal processing, command and control displays, video monitoring, video/audio distribution and transport solutions. Our Media Networks division provides innovative solutions with benchmark quality and reliability for the interactive video and transport markets as well as broadcast-quality video conferencing infrastructures for distance learning and remote communication. In addition to Miranda’s headquarters and R&D facilities in Montreal, the company also has research, manufacturing and sales offices in the U.S., U.K., France and Asia. Miranda’s products are also represented worldwide by a network of professional distributors, dealers, service providers and systems integrators.

About Altera
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) is the world’s pioneer in system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) solutions. Combining programmable logic technology with software tools, intellectual property, and technical services, Altera provides high-value programmable solutions to approximately 14,000 customers worldwide. More information is available at www.altera.com.

Altera, The Programmable Solutions Company, the stylized Altera logo, specific device designations and all other words that are identified as trademarks and/or service marks are, unless noted otherwise, the trademarks and service marks of Altera Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.

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