Xilinx, Northwest Logic and Xylon Provide Low Cost FPGA-based MIPI Interfaces for Video Displays and Cameras

Low cost MIPI Interface Now available for users to design DSI and CSI-2 video interfaces for embedded systems


SAN JOSE, Calif., September 8, 2014 – Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) and Northwest Logic and Xylon, Xilinx Premier Alliance Members, announce the availability of a low cost Xilinx FPGA-based MIPI interface IP that is optimized for cost sensitive video displays and cameras. The MIPI Display Serial Interface (DSI) and Camera Serial Interface 2 (CSI-2) have become the industry connectivity standards for low cost video displays and cameras across a wide variety of embedded systems. Xilinx FPGAs can now be used to connect image sensors and ASSPs that support the CSI-2 and DSI standards for the development of high bandwidth applications supporting 4K2K and beyond. The release of the support for MIPI furthers Xilinx’s Smarter Vision commitment by now enabling advanced real-time analytics and immersive display applications.

“MIPI DSI and CSI-2 is now the preferred standard for connecting low cost displays, cameras and video-capable application processors to Xilinx® 7 Series and Spartan® 6 FPGAs,” said Aaron Behman, segment lead, broadcast and professional A/V business at Xilinx. “As a result, FPGAs are being incorporated into more MIPI-based products today than ever before, especially in products that support 4K2K and beyond.”

Northwest Logic provides a full range of DSI (Host and Peripheral) and CSI-2 (Tx & Rx) Controller Cores. These cores fully support 1-4 lane and 8 lane (dual 4 lane) MIPI operation. The cores are delivered fully integrated with the PHY logic to implement Xilinx’s low cost MIPI Interface technique. “The Xilinx low cost MIPI Interface approach will enable a whole new range of FPGA-based MIPI products. The Northwest Logic MIPI cores that support this technique are fully hardware validated and released,” said Brian Daellenbach, president at Northwest Logic.

Xylon provides a broad range of video processing IP Cores. Xylon has taken a Xilinx FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC), which implements the low cost MIPI Interface approach, Northwest Logic’s CSI-2 and DSI cores and its own cores running on an off-the-shelf Zynq® All Programmable SoC evaluation board (ZC702 & ZC706) to create a comprehensive demonstration system. The demonstration system takes a live video stream from an OmniVision CMOS sensor (OV16820), processes it in a Xilinx FPGA and then streams it to a MIPI-compatible display. “This demo system shows that low cost, FPGA-based MIPI systems can be developed quickly and reliably using this interface approach and associated logiBRICKS,” said Davor Kovacec, CEO of Xylon.

The newly released Xilinx MIPI D-PHY Solutions Application Note (XAPP894) can be found at http://www.xilinx.com/support/index.htm. A complete video on the Xilinx MIPI Demonstration System can be found at http://youtu.be/oq69AQkUWbU.

About Xilinx


Xilinx is the world’s leading provider of All Programmable FPGAs, SoCs and 3D ICs. These industry-leading devices are coupled with a next-generation design environment and IP to serve a broad range of customer needs, from programmable logic to programmable systems integration. For more information, visit www.xilinx.com.

About Northwest Logic

Northwest Logic, founded in 1995 and located in Beaverton, Oregon, provides high-performance, silicon-proven, easy-to-use IP cores including high-performance Memory Interface Solution (DDR4/3/2, LPDDR3/2/1, RLDRAM 3/II), Expresso Solution (PCI Express 3.0/2.1/1.1 cores and drivers including DMA support), and MIPI Solution (CSI-2, DSI). These solutions support a full range of platforms including ASICs, Structured ASICs and FPGAs. For more information, visit www.nwlogic.com.

About Xylon

Xylon is an electronics company focused on FPGA designs. The company was founded in 1995, and since then it has grown into a prominent provider of intellectual property in the fields of embedded graphics, video and networking. For more information, visit www.logicbricks.com.

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