SOURCE: Mindspeed Technologies

September 15, 2008 08:30 ET

Mindspeed® Introduces Industry's First "Drop-In" Compatible SDI Product Suite for the Broadcast Video Market

NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - September 15, 2008) - Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSPD), a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions for network infrastructure applications, today announced a family of Serial Digital Interface (SDI) devices for progressive high-definition (3G/2xHD), high-definition (HD) and standard-definition (SD) broadcast video serial transport applications. Mindspeed's new 3G/HD/SD family enables a more cost-effective migration to the rapidly expanding high-definition market from existing standard-definition infrastructure equipment.

The new products join a family of video SDI and video crosspoint switch devices that enable a full spectrum of applications in video routing switchers, distribution amplifiers, large production switchers and other broadcast video equipment. The products offer pin-for-pin electrical and functional compatibility with competing legacy solutions so that they can be used as drop-in replacements while offering superior, telecommunications-caliber performance at a fraction of the power.

Mindspeed's new broadcast video media-interface products include the M21324, a single-channel video cable equalizer and the M21328, a single-channel video cable driver that support 3G/HD/SD applications at 143 Mbps to 2.97 Gbps data rates. The chipset also includes the M21315, a single-channel video reclocker making it the industry's only complete "drop in" compatible MLF/QFN SDI chipset.

"Since introducing our first broadcast video products several years ago, we now offer one of the industry's most extensive semiconductor offerings for studio, broadcast and distribution video applications," said Jeff Camillo, director of marketing for Mindspeed. "Today's announcement underscores Mindspeed's continued commitment to providing best-in-class solutions for the broadcast video market."

Technical Details:

Mindspeed's physical media-interface products deliver improved system-level flexibility and design margins along with a wider operating range (-10°C to +85°C) and a significantly improved price/performance ratio. Performance is improved in all major areas compared to legacy devices, including rise/fall times; input return loss (IRL) and output return loss (ORL). Meanwhile, low-power dissipation simplifies thermal management while extending product life and reducing system costs.

The M21324 is a high speed, low-power, adaptive co-axial cable equalizer designed to increase the maximum low-jitter transmission distance of SDI video signals and DVB-ASI across commonly used bandwidth-limiting 75 ohm coaxial cable. The M21324 is designed to support data rates from 143 Mbps to 2970 Mbps. The low noise, high-gain equalizer allows for low jitter 2xHD transmissions up to 100m (Belden 1694A) and HD transmissions up to a length of 200m (Belden 1694A) and 120m (Belden 8281). For SD data rates, cable lengths up to 400m (Belden 1694A) and 300m (Belden 8281) are supported. The M21324 shares a MLF/QFN compatible footprint.

The M21315 is a high speed, low-power reclocker designed to remove both random and inter-symbol interference (ISI) jitter from the input data for SMPTE and DVB-ASI serial digital video applications. Mindspeed's high-performance reclocker offers significant power reduction compared to legacy reclocking solutions. The M21315 shares a MLF/QFN compatible footprint with very low power consumption.

The M21328 is a high speed, low-power, low-jitter cable driver. It is designed to drive serial digital video data through 75 ohm coaxial cable typically used in SMPTE and DVB-ASI video applications. The M21328 cable driver is optimized for performance from 143 Mbps up to 2970 Mbps. The M21328 shares a MLF/QFN compatible footprint.

Pricing and Availability

Parts are now production released and available in volume. In OEM quantities of 1000, the M21324 is priced at $20, M21315 is priced at $25 and the M21328 is priced at $5.

About Mindspeed Technologies®

Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. designs, develops and sells semiconductor networking solutions for communications applications in enterprise, access, metropolitan and wide area networks.

The company's three key product families include high-performance analog transmission and switching solutions, multiservice access products designed to support voice and data services across wireline and wireless networks, and WAN communications solutions including T/E carrier physical-layer and link-layer devices as well as ATM/MPLS network processors.

Mindspeed's products are used in a wide variety of network infrastructure equipment, including voice and media gateways, high-speed routers, switches, access multiplexers, cross-connect systems, add-drop multiplexers and digital loop carrier equipment.

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Contact Information

  • Editorial Contact:
    Tom Stites
    Mindspeed Technologies, Inc.
    (949) 579-3650