FPGA Platform Enables Small, Low-Power 4K Video Apps

(Microchip Technology)

Microchip Technology’s MPF300-VIDEO-KIT PolarFire FPGA-based imaging and video development kit addresses the challenges of 4K video and imaging application design. Designers require compact, ultra-low power, high-performance computing, memory, and connectivity resources to achieve high-resolution imaging with rich, vivid detail. According to Microchip, Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) are excellent platforms to achieve this, as they can perform thousands of tasks in parallel to maximize data throughput.


Microchip’s kit employs Microsemi’s PolarFire FPGAs that are highly viable for mid-bandwidth (4K/2K) imaging/video applications. It comes with a complete ecosystem including comprehensive application-specific hardware, optimized intellectual property suite for image processing, sample reference designs, demonstration designs, and collateral.


The video and imaging kit enables high-performance evaluation of 4K image processing and rendering using dual-camera sensors suitable for designing demonstrations for video stitching, static and dynamic object insertion, as well as real depth estimation based on disparity maps. Via its modular intellectual property suite, it can be leveraged for multiple projects.


Other kit features include industry-standard imaging interfaces, 4 GB of Double Data Rate fourth-generation (DDR4) memory, 1 GB flash memory, a bidirectional Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) as a sensor interface and the choice of High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), Display Serial Interface (DSI) for display, and Serial Digital Interface (SDI) for broadcast-grade video. The kit also facilitates the evaluation of reference designs for Picture-in-Picture (PiP) and edge detection with configurable resolution and image signal parameters.


Price for the MPF300-VIDEO-KIT begins at $949 each. To learn more, checkout PolarFire FPGAs and the MPF33-VIDEO-KIT datasheet.