Edgeware AB selected Altera’s (NASDAQ: ALTR) Stratix(R) II and Cyclone(R) III FPGAs for its Orbit 2x video-on-demand server. With Edgeware’s Orbit 2x server system, on-demand and interactive television service providers can deliver up to 20-Gbps output, streaming to as many as 8,192 concurrent viewers at the lowest cost per stream. These metrics are orders of magnitude better than those of competing systems, from a solution offering the market’s smallest footprint.
Traditional video-on-demand servers often rely on microprocessor-based commodity hardware, with video streaming performed at the software level from hard disks. This approach results in a high cost per user, reliability limitations, and high power consumption. Edgeware overcame these issues by designing its carrier-grade Orbit 2x server with an innovative FPGA-based, solid-state flash memory storage architecture to achieve hardware-speed streaming.
Edgeware’s modular, 3-Tbyte NAND flash memory storage subsystem, a streaming engine, and two 10-Gbps network interfaces are implemented on Stratix II and Cyclone III FPGAs. The server solution also incorporates Altera(R) partner MorethanIP’s 10-Gigabit Ethernet media access control (MAC) intellectual property (IP) core running on the Stratix II FPGA. The reconfigurability of the Altera FPGAs is an essential part of Edgeware’s product strategy, enabling them to deliver in-field upgrades and specific customer enhancements for the Orbit 2x server. A self-contained box, the Orbit 2x server integrates efficiently into any telecommunications or cable network. Its architecture supports a scalable, distributed deployment, allowing service providers to add capacity as needed to any location in their network.