Toshiba Designs Altera's Programmable Platform into Its Next-Generation Flash Memory Video Server

Toshiba Expands Use of Altera Devices to Meet the High-Performance, Low-Cost Requirements of its Latest Flash Memory Video Solution

Nov 14, 2011, 08:00 ET from Altera Corporation

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Helping meet the high-quality demands of next-generation video content delivery, Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) announced today that Toshiba has selected Altera's complete portfolio of devices for its VIDEOSneo -  the latest generation of flash memory video servers. Toshiba's VIDEOSneo is a multipurpose video server that deploys flash memories for data storage. It can store video content from multiple sources and in multiple formats for video play out, "real-time direct-to-air." By leveraging Altera's MAX® series CPLDs and Cyclone®, Arria®, and Stratix® series FPGAs, Toshiba will benefit from the low cost, low power, high performance, and scalability of Altera's vast portfolio of devices. This solution will be demonstrated in Toshiba's booth in Hall 5-5625 at the International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition (InterBEE) 2011 at the Makuhari Messe from November 16 to 18.


Altera's portfolio of devices handles the coder/decoder (CODEC), flash memory interface, and backplane interface in the flash memory video server in Toshiba's VIDEOSneo. By replacing ASSPs, Altera's CPLDs and FPGAs are improving the next-generation video server by increasing output channels from 10 to 40, increasing recording capacity and reducing Toshiba's development time by enabling easy debug solutions.

Altera's portfolio of programmable solutions helps Toshiba offer multiple I/Os, high availability—which means file base transfers can play out even while they are still being ingested—power consumption reduced by 40% compared to previous models, and low heat dissipation using the latest NAND flash chips. Altera's family of programmable devices offers greater flexibility with storage scaling from 1TB to 60 TB. Altera's video-processing performance also supports the latest CODEC formats—MPEG2 Long GOP/ALL-I and H. 264 (ALL-I)—while high quality up- and down-conversions with AFD support provide low latency and audio transparency.

"When it came time to deploy our next-generation of flash-memory video servers, we had to keep in mind the growing need to meet the demand for higher quality video content delivery," said Kiyotaka Tsuji, chief specialist, broadcast and network design department at Toshiba. "It was clear that ASSPs were no longer the answer when Altera's FPGAs met our strict requirements. Altera's MAX series CPLDs, and Cyclone, Arria, and Stratix series FPGAs offered the flexibility, high performance, cost, and time to market we needed above other solutions we evaluated."

"We are pleased to continue this strong partnership with Toshiba," said Don Faria, senior vice president of the communications and broadcast business division at Altera. "For years, Altera has been at the forefront of offering video solutions to innovative companies like Toshiba. Altera's proven technology in CPLDs and FPGAs is rapidly taking over other solutions and in this next generation of the VIDEOSneo video server, our devices have improved the performance and power, proving the obsolescence of ASSPs once again."

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