Xilinx All Programmable Devices Enable Blackmagic Design to Develop Complete 4K Camera Systems on Chip

SAN JOSE, CA -- Xilinx, Inc. announces that its All Programmable devices are enabling Blackmagic Design to develop complete 4K camera systems on a chip. These devices are at the heart of Blackmagic's URSA camera, which features a 4K Super 35 sensor with global shutter and a fold out 10" monitor, and the Production Camera 4K which is the world's smallest Ultra HD 4K cinema production camera.

At the core of these new cameras are Xilinx® Kintex®-7 devices, offering industry-leading transceivers to implement the new 12G-SDI connectivity standard for 10-Bit 4:2:2 4K video output. Blackmagic was able to combine the 12G-SDI connectivity with advanced video and image processing algorithms implemented in the FPGA fabric, putting together an entire camera system. The Kintex-7 FPGA is the first mid-range FPGA in the industry that can support 300MHz fabric speed and 12Gbps line rate tranceivers for 4K video system development.

Blackmagic Design's cameras are democratizing the professional camera market by providing cinematographers access to a new set of tools to produce professional grade content. Xilinx will demontrate both the URSA and Production Camera 4K cameras in its booth at NAB 2015 (Booth # N5616).

"Our relationship with Xilinx has grown over the past decade as we have expanded our product offering into a wider range of video equipment and solutions," said Dan May, president of Blackmagic Design. "Xilinx offers an industry leading portfolio of technology that allows us to create affordable products that provide our customers the best quality video."

"Our devices are enabling Blackmagic Design to integrate advanced connectivity and video processing. Xilinx All Programmable solutions provide Blackmagic Design with a canvas to implement and refine their video and image processing algorithms while providing the ability to rapidly iterate on those algorithms until they produce stunning image and video quality," said Bob Feng, senior video system architect for the broadcast and pro a/v business segment at Xilinx. "This flexibility has given Blackmagic Design a platform to extend its brand into new areas like professional cameras and upgrade existing solutions to support Ultra HD resolutions and video connectivity."

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