LONDON After nine months of development, Commsonic has delivered broadcast modulator IP solutions to its first three Chinese customers with each solution customized for the individual customers.
Commsonic's (Cambridge, England), IP is designed for FPGA and ASIC platforms and includes cores for the major cable, satellite and terrestrial broadcast technologies including the second generation satellite Standard DVB-S2, the mobile COFDM Standard DVB-T/H and ubiquitous QAM cable Standards J.83 and DVB-C.
The three individual modulator solutions have been built around the CMS0009 (COFDM) and CMS0024 (QAM) FPGA cores and integrate all of the synchronisation, error correction and signal processing functions necessary to perform “bits-to-carrier” modulation from a raw MPEG packet stream. The designs, all targeted at the low-cost Altera and Xilinx FPGA device families, are configured for deployment as the main component of head-end systems for digital TV transmission over terrestrial and cable RF channels.
As part of Commsonic’s long-term strategy to target the Asian market, the company has recently agreed an exclusive partnership with Beijing-based Hypersilicon Ltd. The partnership provides the U.K.-based IP developer with regional marketing, sales and technical support across Asia on its complete range of modulator and demodulator IP.
“With Hypersilicon's help we have been able to address the much- publicised concerns over IP security in this region of the world and won a part of a developing, but potentially substantial market,” said Neil Shipp, a Commsonic director .