Numato Opsis is an Open Source Hardware FPGA Board with 6 Video Inputs and Outputs (Crowdfunding)

Numato Lab is a Bangalore based company specializing in MCU and FPGA boards such as the low cost Mimas V2 Spartan 6 board, and their latest board is also based on a Spartan 6 FPGA, but a more powerful part with LX45T FPGA, and targets video applications with two HDMI inputs, two HDMI outputs, one DisplayPort output, and one DisplayPort input, among other interfaces.

Numato_Opsis

Instead of simply listing specifications of Numato Opsis, I’ll reproduce a table – drawn by Numato – showing Opsis features and specifications against some other FPGA video platforms.

OpsisminiSpartan6+MixxeoAtlysNexysAnvylCVK 2.0AVDB
MakeNumatoScarabHardwareM‑LabsDigilentDigilentDigilentTEDOmniTek
License
Open
Open
Open
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
CostUSD $349USD $105no stockUSD $419USD $499USD $539USD $2,995USD $999
FPGA
FabXilinxXilinxXilinxXilinxXilinxXilinxXilinxAltera
FamilySpartan‑6Spartan‑6Spartan‑6Spartan‑6Artix‑7Spartan‑6Spartan‑6Cyclone V
PartLX45TLX25LX45LX45XC7A200TLX45LX150TGT
Memory
TypeDDR3‑1600166MHz SDRAMDDR1‑400DDR2‑800DDR3‑1600DDR2‑800DDR3‑1600DDR3‑1600
Size256MB32MB2 x 64MB128MB256MB128MB128MB2 x 128MB
HDMI
Inputs21421111
Outputs2142 [1]1111
CEC Support
All Ports
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Hotplug Ctrl
All Ports
No
All Inputs
No
No
No
No
No
VGA Out
Expansion
0
1
Expansion
Expansion
0
Expansion
0
DisplayPort
Inputs
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
Outputs
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
Dual mode [2]
Yes
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
?
Yes
USB 2.0
Device
FX2 [4] and UTMI OTG
No
No
FX2[3]
No
FX2[3]
No
No
Host
UTMI OTG
No
No
HID only
HID only
HID only
No
No
JTAG
Yes [4]
Yes
Yes
Yes [3]
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
UART
Yes [4]
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Ethernet
Speed
Gigabit
None
100Mbit
Gigabit
Gigabit
100Mbit
Expansion
Gigabit
Unique MAC
Yes
N/A
No
No
Yes
No
N/A
Yes
microSD
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
Config Storage16 Mbyte SPI8 Mbyte SPI32 Mbyte PROM16 Mbyte SPI32 Mbyte SPI16 Mbyte SPI16 Mbyte SPI2 x 32 Mbyte SPI
Audio
Expansion
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Expansion
Yes
High-Speed Expansion
TOFE
No
No
VHDCI
FMC LPC
No
3 x FMC LPC, 1 x FMC HPC
No
PMOD Connectors
Expansion
0
0
1 [1]
5
7
0
0

The mini-ITX board has been designed using KiCad open source software tool, and hardware design files can be found on github. The default firmware, also free and open source, is called HDMI2USB.tv and allows users to record video from HDMI or DisplayPort inputs to a computer (the board emulates a UVC webcam), while simultaneously outputting the input to multiple video outputs, which can be very useful for conferences. A more advanced scenario would be to have two video inputs with one HDMI camera capturing the speaker, with the other HDMI input connected to his laptop to show the presentation slides, and the system would switch between the two inputs as needed, while broadcasting the video to various outputs.

Beside being used as a video platform, the board can also be used for various other tasks as a Xilinx FPGA development board with high-speed transceivers, expansion I/Os and more.

The project has launched on Crowdsupply platform, where the company aims to raise a mere $8,725. Numato Opsis board requires a $349 pledge with free shipping to the US, and $15 to the rest of the world. Delivery is scheduled for December 2015.

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zoobab
5 years ago

This Numato board has a lot in common with Milymist, who was developed by a friend of Mine, lekernel:

http://lekernel.net/blog/

Patrickz
Patrickz
5 years ago

:/ any board with 1xSDI input, 2xSDI output?

Tim 'mithro' Ansell
5 years ago

@zoobab

We definitely hope that people who were interested in the Milkymist are also interested in our Opsis platform. We actually use the misoc/migen gateware that was developed as part of the Milkymist V2 (the Mixxeo) in our HDMI2USB project.

fg
fg
5 years ago

USB 2.0 seems to be too slow for multi-stream capturing.

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