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Namsong Designs Spartan-6 into Newest Line of Multi-format Portable Field Monitors for Professional Broadcast Applications

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 28, 2011 – Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today announced that longtime customer Namsong Industrial Co., Ltd.  has designed Xilinx’s Spartan®-6 field programmable gate array (FPGA) into its newest line of professional, multi-format portable field monitors recently introduced at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2011 conference.

Namsong’s new high-performance multi-format XMD-9900 9″ portable field monitor can be used on a rack or desktop, mounted to a camera or deployed in the field for a variety of applications (e.g., studio monitor wall, remote/outside broadcast van, electronic news-gathering/electronic field-production, mobile ‘fly pack’ production studio, video tape recorder/double data rate memory replay). 

Namsong credits the performance and flexibility of Spartan-6 with enabling high-reliability, high-precision image processing features in the XMD-9900, including built-in vectorscope, standard auto-sensing HD-SDI (high-definition, serial digital interface) input, analog-to-digital conversion, and re-clocked output. Namsong selected Spartan-6 over competing FPGA and application-specific alternatives due to superior video image processing performance enabled by its built-in HD-SDI receiver/transceivers and memory bandwidth controller.

“For more than a decade, Namsong Industrial has counted on Xilinx as a valued supplier and key contributor to our success in delivering more than 20 professional broadcast display systems to our customers over many generations,” said Namsong Industrial Director of R&D Chang Joon Lee.  “Our new XMD-9900 system is the latest example of Namsong engineering innovation with Xilinx FPGAs.  In the future, we expect to further integrate system functionality onto Xilinx® 28nm Zynq™ and 7 series FPGAs.”

With Spartan-6, Namsong was able to significantly increase architectural efficiency for tri-speed video by taking advantage of consolidated clock management tiles (CMT), including phase-locked loops (PLLs) with various digital clock managers (DCMs).  In addition, the design team was able to build in more features into the system using extra memory space enabled by Spartan-6’s multi-boot memory configuration. 

Since its founding in 1978 as a provider of development and production services to leading closed circuit television (CCTV) original equipment manufacturing (OEM) factories, Namsong Industrial has evolved into a high-end, full-featured broadcast monitor company.  Today, Namsong is a leading manufacturer of high-reliability, high-precision professional display systems for broadcast, medical, security and industrial applications under popular brands in Korea, Japan and the U.S., among them Supertron ( and Protech (  Its broad portfolio of products ranges from high resolution mono/color CRT (cathode ray tube) systems to state-of-the-art HD flat panel display systems. 

About Xilinx 6 series FPGAs

Since their introduction in February 2009, Xilinx award-winning 6 series FPGAs have been widely adopted by customers worldwide in a broad range of applications and key end markets including: aerospace and defense, automotive, consumer, industrial, medical, scientific and wired/wireless communications.  To date, Xilinx has sold more than 10,000 Targeted Design Platforms.  More than 30 6 series Targeted Design Platforms and 70 FMC daughter cards are available in production today from Xilinx and members of its global ecosystem (Distribution Channel and Alliance Program).

The Virtex®-6 FPGA family is the high-performance silicon foundation for Xilinx Targeted Design Platforms, built with the right mix of programmability, integrated blocks for digital signal processing, memory, and connectivity support – including high-speed transceiver capabilities – to satisfy the insatiable demand for higher bandwidth and higher performance.

Spartan-6 FPGAs are designed for cost-sensitive applications requiring high-speed connectivity and low-power operation with embedded serial transceivers, advanced power management, and proven 45-nanometer architecture.  These devices provide a rich mix of integrated system features, including memory controllers, digital signal processing, and Endpoint block for PCIe®, as well as RoHS-compliant lead-free package options for developing ‘greener’ electronics products. To learn more about the advantages of Spartan-6 over competing solutions, see Spartan-6 White Paper and download ISE Design Suite 13.

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