Programmable Logic


Magitron LED screens leverage high-performance, low-power FPGAs

24 April 2002 Programmable Logic

NetVision, a supplier of products and services for giant light-emitting diode (LED) screens, has chosen Actel's A54SX72A antifuse field-programmable gate array (FPGA) device for its new Magitron range of giant colour outdoor LEDs. The screens use Actel nonvolatile SX-A FPGAs for display circuit control and colour correction management.

"The Magitron circuit design specifications required a logic integration device that offered high performance, design security and low power consumption. Actel's SX-A FPGAs met this need perfectly," said Claude Poirier, CEO at NetVision. "Further, with Actel's A54SX72A, we were able to integrate all of the digital functions into one FPGA, resulting in an 80% reduction in the number of components as well as a significant cost saving."

NetVision's Magitron screens consist of multiple 1024-pixel modules to obtain display areas of up to 300 m2 for broadcasting sporting events or programmes on the giant screen, displaying electronic advertisements, traffic reports or video. Using the same SX-A, NetVision offers a range of products from 6 to 20 mm pitch LED displays for indoor or outdoor applications.

As the complexity, capabilities and market share of FPGAs increases, the need to secure the intellectual property implemented therein increases. Nonvolatile antifuse FPGAs, like the SX-A family, are more secure against attack than the application- specific integrated circuit (ASIC) technologies they are replacing. The A54SX72A device selected by NetVision is extremely secure, preventing copying or reverse engineering of the design.

The SX-A family offers a fine-grained antifuse architecture similar to a masked gate array. This provides a high-performance, low-cost solution for communications, consumer and industrial applications. With devices up to 108 000 system gates and speeds up to 250 MHz system performance, the SX-A family is also 66 MHz PCI compliant.

For further information contact Kobus van Rooyen, ASIC Design Services, 011 315 8316, kobus@asic.co.za



Credit(s)



Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

FPGAs for embedded vision and edge AI
25 November 2020, Future Electronics , Programmable Logic
Lattice Semiconductor announced the first FPGA developed on its new Lattice Nexus FPGA platform, the CrossLink-NX. This new FPGA provides the low power, small form factor, reliability, and performance ...

Read more...
Smart manufacturing for electronics
29 July 2020, ASIC Design Services , Manufacturing / Production Technology, Hardware & Services
This article describes a product development strategy designed for manufacturers of electronics for consumer and industrial products, home appliances, manufacturing services, automotive and transportation, ...

Read more...
FPGA development suite for Pentek recorders
30 June 2020, Rugged Interconnect Technologies , Programmable Logic
Pentek’s ArchiTek FPGA Development Suite is a new product for adding custom IP to select Pentek Talon recording systems. ArchiTek is a comprehensive development environment that enables engineers to add ...

Read more...
Dual military-grade transceiver
29 April 2020, ASIC Design Services , Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT
Holt Integrated Circuits today announced the introduction of its HI-15850, the world’s first 3,3 V MIL-STD-1553 dual transceiver with 1,8 V, 2,5 V and 3,3 V compatible digital I/O. This feature gives ...

Read more...
Advanced electronics help explore the sun
25 March 2020, ASIC Design Services , Programmable Logic
3D Plus has developed, in collaboration with CEA (France), gamma ray detectors for STIX instrument on board the Solar Orbiter. The mission was launched on 10 February 2020 from Cape Canaveral in Florida ...

Read more...
Mini PCIe reference design for MIL-STD-1553
25 March 2020, ASIC Design Services , Computer/Embedded Technology
Holt Integrated Circuits introduced a new dual-channel development kit and complete reference design based on the popular HI-2130LBx MIL-STD-1553 fully integrated terminals. The kit includes a full-size ...

Read more...
Halo invests in high-speed data transformers
29 January 2020, ASIC Design Services , Passive Components
Halo Electronics, a leading supplier of Ethernet transformers, has invested in UWB X Limited, a UK based technology company focused on creating a new high-speed transformer technology. As part of Halo’s ...

Read more...
Early access programme for PolarFire FPGAs
29 January 2020, ASIC Design Services , Programmable Logic
The trend towards compute-intensive gateways and edge devices is driving the integration of traditional deterministic control applications with additional embedded processing capabilities needed for smart ...

Read more...
PCB manufacturing analytics software
EMP 2020 Electronics Manufacturing & Production Handbook, ASIC Design Services , Manufacturing / Production Technology, Hardware & Services
Valor IoT Manufacturing Analytics is an enterprise big-data business intelligence analytics platform designed for capturing, storing and analysing large amounts of manufacturing data. The platform provides ...

Read more...
Radiation-tolerant PolarFire FPGA
23 October 2019 , Programmable Logic
Developers of spacecraft electronics use radiation-tolerant (RT) field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) to create on-board systems that meet the demanding performance needs of future space missions, survive ...

Read more...