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Fairlight Debuts FPGA-Accelerated Media Production

Fairlight has introduced the new FPGA-powered CC-1 media production engine. With virtually unlimited scalability starting with 8.5 Gigaflops of processing power from a single PCIe card, the new technology is said to reduce power consumption from 600 to 12 watts and also provide a 98-percent reduction in heat generated. CC-1 simultaneously lowers system latency while promising increased audio and video resolution.

The CC-1 engine 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 bottlenecks.

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 that, according to Fairlight, 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.

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, onboard HD video, 12 auxiliary sends and up to 72 user-definable mix buses from a single CC-1 card.

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