Semtech Releases New AVP Chipset — No FPGA Devices Needed

Semtech BlueRiver AVP chipset

Semtech Corporation — a supplier of high-performance analog mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms — announced Thursday, Nov. 14, the release of its BlueRiver audio visual processor (AVP) chipset.

The BlueRiver AVP chipset provides all the features of Semtech’s existing NT1000 and NT2000 FPGA-based offerings (e.g., matrix-switch like performance over IP, under 0.1-millisecond latency, 4K60 uncompressed image quality, and common API). However, the new chipset includes system cost reduction, significant power reduction, AV transceiver functionality and a fully integrated USB-HID interface.

The BlueRiver AVP chipset includes three devices:

  • AVP1000 — for AV-over-IP and matrix switch replacement
  • AVP2000 — this model adds a video processing engine and fiber connectivity
  • AVP2000T — it has all the features of the AVP2000 plus bidirectional HDMI capability

New to the BlueRiver product family, the AVP2000T provides bidirectional HDMI connectivity in a single chip, enabling AV traffic to be sent simultaneously in both directions over a single optical fiber or copper category cable.

The chipset lowers system cost by reducing the number of devices required and removing the need to use costly FPGA devices. Also, the chipset consumes only 2.6 watts with all features operational, whereas FPGA-based solutions are typically around two to three times higher. All AVP products also have a fully integrated USB-HID interface.

“The new BlueRiver AVP chipset enables a new generation of lower-cost peripherals and integration directly into end-products, which should drive significant growth of SDVoE-enabled products,” said Don Shaver, vice president of video products for Semtech’s Signal Integrity Products Group.

According to Semtech, the BlueRiver AVP series will be integral to the growth of the SDVoE ecosystem in a wide range of market verticals and applications, such as large-venue displays, command and control monitoring, medical, esports, leisure and hospitality, retail and residential AV.

Semtech will provide detailed specifications, pricing and availability at Inter BEE 2019 — Nov. 13-15 in Chiba, Japan. For further information about the BlueRiver AVP chipset, contact a regional sales manager here.