Omnitek demonstrates video chipsets at IBC

BASINGSTOKE, UK. September 5th 2018 - Award-winning Design Consultancy and Test and Measurement manufacturer Omnitek will be displaying its AV over IP, video Warp chipset solutions and FPGA IP-cores at the International Broadcasting Convention, RAI Amsterdam 14-18 September, giving equipment manufacturers more access to the company’s expertise in 4K and higher resolution video designs. Applications range from camera to display, including lens distortion corrections, image stitching, raw sensor and High Dynamic Range processing, video scaling, mixing, connectivity and overlay graphics.

Omnitek’s silicon chipset solutions are competitive alternatives to ASIC and other ASSP devices, using system-on-chip technology that delivers multi-function video processing features, currently only available using combinations of discrete devices.

Alternatively, these off-the-shelf IP solutions are also customizable to manufacturers’ specific feature requirements, to create a bespoke device for the customer.

‘Javelin’ AV-over-Internet Protocol uses on-chip H.265 video compression for high quality transmission and reception of 4Kp60 video, targeted at ProAV and Broadcast products. Javelin can support both 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 inputs and outputs and is aimed at products requiring low bandwidth with lowest latency transfer of 4K resolution material. Omnitek’s implementation and enhancement FPGA IP at the heart of Javelin will be demonstrated as a live 4K encode to decode path over a 1Gb/s IP connection.

Omnitek’s ‘Flex’ 4K and HD Warp solutions provide live image warping aimed at the small projector and digital signage markets. These new solutions provide all of the standard image adjustments such as keystone, barrel, pin cushion correction as well as the ability to perform arbitrary image distortions. Omnitek’s Warp IP underlying the Flex solutions will be on show demonstrating live 4Kp60 image warping for high resolution applications. A Flex PCB for the reference design will also be on display.

The Warp FPGA IP-core is highly optimised to create arbitrary image warps on live video streams up to 4096x2160 @ 60Hz. Maximum image quality is achieved via per-pixel filtering and bi-cubic interpolation on 4:4:4 video data at up to 12 bits per colour plane. Alternatively, a single warp processor can process multiple HD video images and stitch the resulting videos together to create a surround view from multiple cameras. Or images can be warped and blended to project a large image from multiple projectors onto tilted and non-linear surfaces. The IP core fits into a single mid-range FPGA with a single DDR3 SDRAM interface, providing a highly cost effective solution.

A new enhancement to the Warp IP is real time functionality. This is essential in applications where the image warp needs to change in real time (for example in video effects and VR headsets). Omnitek’s innovative IP design and use of sophisticated cache management allows the warp shape to be changed in real time using on-chip resources.

Still growing at over 30% p.a., Omnitek remains the ‘go to’ company for ProAV and Broadcast product design and integration, with many projects across the growing AV and other markets. These demonstrations will be shown alongside Omnitek’s video Test and Measurement products on stand 10.A24, RAI, Amsterdam from 14th to 18th September.

David Ackroyd, Vice President of Business Development at Omnitek, commented: “Award winning technology and further growth of our IP and Design Services business this year proves that our strategy of offering full service AV designs with cutting edge IP is a hit with customers worldwide and allows additional investment in research to further advance our value-added service to manufacturers.”