Thomson (Euronext Paris:18453) (NYSE:TMS) selected Altera Corporation’s (NASDAQ:ALTR) families of FPGAs for use in its new slow motion camera. Thomson’s latest high-definition, high-speed LDK 8300 cameras use Altera’s Cyclone® III, Stratix® II GX, and Stratix III FPGAs to capture and replay athletes in action. Altera’s Cyclone and Stratix devices enabled the fastest video processing frame rate and the highest picture quality even under artificial lights while meeting our tight power consumption budget.
Several Altera FPGAs can be found inside the LDK 8300 cameras. The Stratix III FPGA is at the heart of the camera, processing video at 150 High Definition (HD) fields per second (three times HD) delivering the highest quality slow-motion replays, yet consuming minimal power. The low jitter performance of the Stratix II GX FPGA with an integrated Altera SDI MegaCore® function enables Thomson’s new fibre interface to deliver extremely high data rates from the LDK 8300 back to the servers in the Outside Broadcast (OB) trucks. The Cyclone III devices with an embedded Altera Nios® soft processor contribute to the control and monitoring of the camera’s operations.
The new Thomson Grass Valley LDK 8300 camera captures images at three times the frame rate of traditional HD cameras, delivering the smoothest and cleanest slow motion replay.
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