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Image Matters Delivers
Agility and Flexibility with
origami Ecosystem
UHD 8K over IP delivers viewers an immersive experience with higher
definition, greater color gamut and outstanding dynamic range, writes
Jean-Fran├žois Nivart, CEO, Image Matters...

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his new format increases data
rates to unprecedented levels
requiring hardware solutions to
process video in both the SDI and IP
domains.
Image Matters de-risks extreme
high-speed hardware designs and is
constantly developing new modules
based on the latest and fastest FPGAs.
Future-proof and adaptable hardware
platforms are guaranteed thanks to
origami, a unique modularity concept
created by Image Matters and for
which they build hardware: modules
and carriers.
Agility & Speed
Image Matters' origami decouples
processing power from the application
layer to deliver agility and speed in
hardware development. Modularity
is the key to future proofing and with
the on-going development of 4K
and 8K, compatibility
is of paramount
importance.

IM-B20
Module

The IM-B20 module represents
the beating heart of the system as
the highly compact credit card sized
module contains the FPGA and its
core components, including memory,
security and power supplies. FPGA
IO pins are exposed to allow the
carrier board to provide connectivity
through the Z-Ray interposer to link
high performance serial IOs, digital
differential IOs, control signals and
power lines to the carrier board.
Development is a matter of designing
your
own
application
specific
carrier board, or using one of Image
Matters' off-the-shelf assemblies, and
then connecting an FPGA module.
Manufacturers and system integrators

either write their own FPGA code, or
use it in combination with one of the
origami ecosystem partners to provide
off-the-shelf, pre-tested IP cores such
as TICO and JPEG2000 compression.
IP-Core vendors signed up to the
origami ecosystem provide an array of
functionality to build an extraordinary
efficient development and deployment
environment. In this ecosystem,
functionalities and possibilities expand
dramatically as direct access to
extended libraries of pre-integrated
IP-Cores are supplied by world class
vendors.
Carrier boards are often custom
made to facilitate the connectivity
required to deliver a specific solution.
Using modularity, system integrators
and manufacturers use modules that
best suit their application without redesigning their interface.
Advanced Formats
As the specifications for 4K and
8K advance we will see the IO
connectivity also develop. SDI
interfaces will be replaced by
SQFPs and these data rates will
continue to increase from 10Gb to
100Gb and beyond. As broadcasters
transition to IP we will require more
products that use both SDI and QSFP;
Image Matters facilitates these
requirements.
The application layer may stay the
same, but the underlying hardware
may need more resources or different
connectivity. Using Image Matters
origami ecosystem, this becomes
a straightforward process that will
deliver products to market with
incredible speed and agility.
Manufacturers can be assured
that Image Matters super highspeed designs will always be
one step ahead from the evermore demanding and complex
technology.
Taking away most of the complexity,
risk and cost from high-speed

origami offers a
modular approach

hardware design,
origami
empowers
manufacturers and system
integrators to deliver their
own top-notch video, IP and VoIP
applications at breath-taking speed
and diminished costs.
The IM-B20 gives manufacturers
a powerful board to access new
technologies,
while
slashing
development costs and time to
market. Advanced reconfigurable
modules deliver high performance
sub-frame latency video processing
in a business card size. Using a Xilinx
Kintex UltraScale 060 FPGA, the IMB20 handles multiple video codecs
up to 8K-UHD-2 uncompressed and
TICO formats, as well as 4K-UHD-1
uncompressed, TICO, JPEG2000, HEVC
IP, AVC and MPEG2 formats.
Enhanced Ecosystem
At NAB 2018 (on booth C8727),
Image Matters is demonstrating the
prototype IM-M20 module, part of
the Image Matters product range.
Using smaller components than the
IM-B20, the IM-M20 benefits from a
lower unit cost and reduction in size
while maintaining pin compatibility
with the IM-B20 using the dedicated
high-bandwidth
Z-Ray
origami
interconnector.
The IM-M20 uses the Xilinx Kintex
UltraScale Plus KU5P
FPGA and

IM-B21
Interface board

is perfectly aligned to applications
requiring high-bandwidth I/Os. This
smaller module targets any network
application.
Better
integration
of
DC-DC
converters, configuration flash, system
clocks and memory, all contribute
to the IM-M20's reduced cost and
size empowering OEMs and system
integrators to aggressively pursue
other markets such as VoIP.
The
IM-M20
high-speed
IO
connectivity and selected FPGA
facilitates processing of one channel of
8K:60fps 444 12 bits, or one channel
of 4K:120fps 444 12 bits, including
TICO encoding and decoding.
Transport connectivity includes
10G, 25G, 40G and 100G Ethernet as
well as PCIe and SDI. IP sector and
transmission over IP benefits well
from the IM-M20 with its ready-to-go
solutions.
The dedicated Z-Ray interconnector
empowers integration of the IM-M20
and IM-B20 modules onto Image
Matters' IM-B21 interface board, or
even onto OEM-designed connectivity
and carrier boards.
The origami ecosystem with the IMB20 and IM-M20 abstracts away the
traditional constraints of hardware
design to deliver fully agile
products that can be adapted
quickly and safely to meet
the ever-changing demands of
broadcast infrastructures.
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