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Date: 19-08-15

FPGAs get into open source virtual reality eco

Fully upgradable virtual reality headset, the Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) Hacker Development Kit is now powered by Xilinx FPGAs. Buyers of this kit are provided with modules based platform, positioning and head tracking device, a display, and double lens optics.

"Xilinx FPGAs and All Programmable SoCs provide customization options to make the Hacker Development Kit versatile and easy to reprogram. This allows developers to make tweaks for added functionality like multiple sensors and algorithms for computer vision processing," said Lau Lee Yang, senior director for OSVR business development at Razer. "In the near future the Hacker Development Kit will also be able to offload software processing tasks such as optical distortion correction using its hardware and potentially perform image enhancement functions."

"We are proud to provide the industry's first modular Virtual Reality headset, the OSVR Hacker Development Kit with Razer," said Steven Fong, director of the consumer market segment at Xilinx. "Xilinx's industry-leading, All Programmable product portfolio is perfect for applications like the OSVR platform that need a low density programmable solution with a broad feature set for varying levels of integration, performance and power at a low cost."

The OSVR Hacker Development Kit has started shipping to selected developers. Additional information and priority access registration can be found at http://www.osvr.org/hardware.html.

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