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Digital Media Pioneer, Fairlight, Debuts FPGA-Accelerater Media Production

Delivering 8.5 GFLOPS from a single PCIe, device and reducing power consumption from 600 watts to 12 watts;

Digital technologist finds vast interest and appeal for technology designed initially for movie production.

SYDNEY AUSTRALIA, November 6, 2007 — In an introduction that is already transforming the media production business and has the potential to radically alter the environmental impact and overall efficiency of general, enterprise and personal computing, professional AV technology firm, Fairlight, has introduced the new FPGA-powered CC-1 media production engine. With virtually unlimited scalability starting with 8.5 GFLOPS of processing power- from a single PCIe card, the new technology reduces power consumption from 600 to 12 watts and a 98% reduction in heat generated! CC-1 simultaneously establishes a new benchmark for lowering system latency whilst at the same time delivers increased audio and video resolution.

CC-1 leverages advances in FPGA-powered processing to execute a vast number and type of operations in parallel — requiring far fewer cycles when compared to serial processing devices such as CPUs. CC-1 is built around a crystalline interconnect architecture that connects processing modules in three dimensions to form an extensible lattice that scales to meet virtually any processing demand. Data can be moved into and out of the CC-1 at very high speed to eliminate bottle-necks.

In another first, Fairlight has implemented FPGA reconfigure-on-the-fly, a technology development that enables its application to reconfigure the hardware during run time.

Crystal Core is a disruptive new device which performs digital audio processing hundreds of times more efficiently than state-of-the-art digital signal processors (DSPs). The Crystal Core has replaced the DSPs in Fairlight‘s latest audio workstation products, and the benefits are staggering.

The new Fairlight architecture dovetails with published Torrenza and Geneseo development initiatives from both AMD and Intel respectively. “These initiatives which allow co-processor technology to access the computer‘s front side bus clearly validate the approach Fairlight has taken in developing the CC-1 technology platform,” noted John Lancken, CEO of Fairlight. “When we initially developed this technology it was to address the latency problems that cripple the media production process, but we‘ve found that the architecture has vast applications in other areas of high performance computing. While the technology can be adapted to a wide range computer-intensive operations it also provides a compelling, environmentally-friendly solution if compared to the technology it replaces.”

The first audio production products based on the CC-1 engine are capable of delivering 230 channel paths; each with eight bands of EQ, 3 stage dynamics processing, floating insert point with return, on board HD video, 12 auxiliary sends and up-to 72 user definable mix busses: all this from a single CC-1 card.

About Fairlight:
Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, Fairlight designs and manufactures media creation tools including digital audio recording, editing and mixing systems for standard and high definition audio post, broadcast and music production applications. Fairlight’s DREAM II family includes Satellite, StationPlus, Constellation-XT, HD Factory and Anthem. The DREAM II series is powered by Fairlight‘s breakthrough CC-1 technology, the world‘s first FPGA based media processing engine which introduces Dynamic Resolution Optimization and delivers previously unattainable price performance gains together with unprecedented speed, flexibility and exceptional sonic quality. The platform sets the benchmark in low-latency processing.

Complementing DREAM II is Fairlight’s Pyxis family, which offers a comprehensive choice of integrated or stand-alone Standard and High Definition video products whilst Fairlight’s MediaHub workflow tools provide a complete media management solution for audio and video networking.


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