Broadcast Video Acquisition

Welcome to Broadcast acquisition page. Here you can learn about the wide range of solutions that we provide for the acquisiton market. Modern digital cameras and associated hardware and software are often required to perform at the highest levels managing the flow of still or video images and associated metadata. Intel has solutions to address the need to:

  • Perform video and image processing prior to output (scaling, color space conversion, chroma resampling, de-interlacing, gamma correcting, and so on)
  • Perform audio sample rate conversion – no matter what the camera’s internal audio sample rate, you can now output the audio at the broadcast standard rate of 48 kHz
  • Output the camera data using your video transport of choice whether it's 12G SDI, DisplayPort, HDMI, or Ethernet

Intel offers three classes of FPGA solutions at various levels of power consumption, speed and processing power to meet specific customer needs. High-end Intel® Stratix® series capabilites allow the highest performance, mid-range Intel Arria® series are in the Intel intersection of power and performance, and lower end Intel® Cylcone® and Intel® MAX® devices provide low cost and power while maintaining a significant level of performance. 


In the broadcast and movie production segments, there is a need for digital cameras that perform at various levels of performance and at different associated end costs. Run and gun, or compact, mobile cameras need fewer functions and a low cost, digital news gathering, studio, or second unit cameras require intermediate functionality. A cinema-grade cameras require the highest level of performance and functionality. Intel® FPGAs and related IP cores can accomplish these tasks while providing a higher level of flexibility, lower risk, reduced engineering costs, and faster time to market than an off-the-shelf solution.

Intel and its partners provide IP solutions from image capture to data output.

Northwest Logic develops an IP solution that interfaces the image sensor to the host device that is designed according to the MIPI alliance standard. The core implements all three layers defined by the CSI-2 specification (Pixel to Byte Packing, Low-Level Protocol, and Lane Management), and is fully compliant with the CSI-2 specification. Separate transmit (TX) and receive (RX) versions of the core are available.  

The Intel® FPGA Video and Image Processing Suite provides a complete collection of Intel FPGA IP cores that are used to facilitate the development of custom video and image-processing designs. These Intel FPGA IP cores are suitable for use in a wide variety of image processing and display applications, such as video surveillance, broadcast, video conferencing, and medical and military imaging.

To output the processed data, the Intel FPGA IP for DisplayPort enables DisplayPort standard functionality. Furthermore, our SDI IP solutions provide SD-SDI, SD-SDI, 3G-SDI and 12G-SDI output capabilities. A variety of Ethernet streaming capabilities such as Gigabit Ethernet and 10G Ethernet are also provided as Intel and partner IP.

Capture Cards

Video capture cards are needed when processing digital or analog video and audio on a PC, Mac, or broadcast equipment based on computing architectures. The cards are the interface between the video sources (that come in over HDMI, SDI, A/V, S-Video, or other connection standards) and the workstation or broadcast gear. In the broadcast market, video capture cards are an ideal way to add graphical elements to the video stream in a workstation environment. They are also often used to condition content for streaming. Capture cards come in multiple form factors including boards to fit in the PCIe* slots on a tower PC or PCIe*-based equipment, external boxes and even dongle-type devices that use a USB connector on a notebook.  These products are distinguished by the number and type of inputs supported and the nature and level of processing in between.

Capture cards utilizing Intel FPGAs support capturing capabilities in both digital and analog video and audio, such as: 

  • Digital video over DisplayPort, HDMI, SDI and other connection standards
  • Analog video over YUV, VGA, NTSC, PAL and SECAM formats are also allowed
  • Embedded or separate analog or digital audio channels can be added.
  • Audio television standard 24 bit at 48 kHz

Additionally, Intel's Video and Image Processing (VIP) Suite offers a variety of video processing IP such as: 

  • Closed caption extraction
  • Logo/bitmap overlays
  • Chroma sampling conversions
  • Scale up and down in resolution, including cropping options
  • Frame rate conversions
  • Add effects to the video

Learn more on the VIP Suite web page.

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