Xilinx products power Sony’s new-gen live production video and more

7th October 2021
Tom Anstee

Powerful and programmable, Xilinx devices handle real-time processing for a wide range of Sony’s professional products. Xilinx has announced that its FPGA and adaptive SoC devices are powering a range of Sony’s electronics products used for professional audio-video (AV) applications, including the XVS-G1 4K Live Production Switcher.

Together, Xilinx and Sony’s cutting-edge technologies are making possible advanced AV products, used to capture and broadcast live events worldwide.

The Xilinx Virtex UltraScale FPGA with high bandwidth memory (HBM) plays a critical role in XVS-G1 video switcher, which inherits features and capabilities of prior models while adding cutting-edge technology for enhanced visual processing of live events with a maximum capacity of 24 4K Ultra HD channels. The Xilinx device’s embedded HBM controller and high-performance transceivers enable high-speed processing at high resolution 4K with wide colour gamut, and high dynamic range at ultra-low latencies. This will be the first broadcast video switcher to be deployed for live sports and live events using Xilinx’s HBM technology.

Xilinx is a semiconductors for the professional AV market. For over two decades, the company has offered flexible, differentiated and standards-based solutions that combine software programmability, real-time video and audio processing, hardware optimisation and the any-to-any media connectivity required for Sony’s professional AV systems.

“Xilinx technology has helped us improve the real-time processing and routing of video and audio in our new XVS-G1 switcher,” said Mr. Koichi Yamanaka, senior general manager, Media Solution Business Division, Sony Corporation. “We use Xilinx devices because their architecture gives us flexibility, allowing us to customise and update capabilities to align with the rapidly-changing market needs as well as the specific product needs of our customers.”

In addition to the new switcher, Xilinx devices are being used in a wide range of Sony’s professional solutions, including:

  • VENICE full-frame digital cinema camera
  • FX9 full-frame 6K sensor camera
  • BVM-HX310 31-inch 4K TRIMASTER HX Professional Master Monitor
  • HDC-5500 three 2/3-inch 4K CMOS sensor portable system camera and the HDCU-5500 Camera Control Unit

“Sony offers a comprehensive solution suite that spans capturing, processing and recording. We are proud that our adaptable and flexible devices make possible the real-time video and audio processing for many Sony products including the latest XVS family of production switchers,” said Yousef Khalilollahi, vice president, Asia Pacific, Xilinx.

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