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Low cost Xilinx FPGA-based MIPI interface IP for embedded systems

Date: 08/09/2014
To address the growing need of high definition video interface in embedded systems, Xilinx and Northwest Logic and Xylon have together made available a low cost Xilinx FPGA-based MIPI interface IP for connecting video displays and cameras to processing hardware platform.

Image sensors and the ASSPs featuring MIPI Display Serial Interface (DSI) and Camera Serial Interface 2 (CSI-2) can now be connected to Xilinx' FPGA chips in applications involving 4K2K video interface such as advanced real-time analytics and immersive display applications.

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.