Title
A Video Sealing Gate Array ASIC
Higher quality multi-image display at a reduced cost
Technologies used

    Gate Array ASIC, VHDL

Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    334 Optical Instruments and photographic equipment
    323 Television and Radio Receivers, sound or video recording etc.
Abstract

This application experiment describes the first use of ASIC technology by an Electronics company. The experiment was performed successfully with a new and innovative gate array ASIC technology from Chip Express.
Beta electronics of Co. Meath, Ireland offers customers a complete design, prototyping and turn-key manufacturing service to industry with manufactured products extending from the farm to the high street business world. Beta has a product development division called Zandar Technologies whose role is to develop and market a suite of video display products for a number of markets in order to diversify Beta's business outside of contract manufacturing.

The AE involved the design of a low cost, gate array ASIC that re-sizes a video image in real time. The component accepts digital video input and produces a very high quality scaled version of the input image using a unique digital video processing algorithm. This forms the core of Zandar’s multi-image display products.

The cost of the AE was 189 kECU, of which 164 kECU was for this application experiment. The duration of the AE was planned at 12 months but actually lasted 16 months. The payback period is expected to be 2 _ years with a return on investment of 650KECU over a 4 year period.

The objective of the experiment is threefold: 1) To reduce the cost of Zandar’s products so as to enable exploitation of a wider market for low cost systems. 2) To develop the core of the next generation of multi-image display products which will contain greater flexibility, far higher image quality and functionality. These two objectives were to be met through migrating Zandar’s proprietary video image scaling technology, which is FPGA based, to an ASIC of greater complexity. 3) Finally, the strategic goal of acquiring ASIC design expertise has been achieved for the company to successfully enter into other markets with its future generation products.

Company

    Zandar Technologies
    Trio Tech House,
    Abbey Road,
    Deans Grange, Co. Dublin
    (Ireland)


Detailed information

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Gate Array ASIC and VHDL technology provided Zandar Technologies with the means of improving its products and enhancing its market position. You can also achieve significant benefits by acquiring the right microelectronics technology and utilising it in your product or manufacturing process. You can get help from FUSE to realise this.

FUSE is a technology transfer programme, funded by the European Commission to stimulate the wider use of microelectronics technologies by European enterprises to increase their competitiveness and enhance their economic growth. The demonstrator described here is one of many examples in the public FUSE portfolio covering the whole spectrum of microelectronics technologies and spanning a wide range of applications and industry sectors.

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