Digital Video Broadcasting - (DVB-ASI) IP Core

IP ExpressDigital Video Broadcasting (DVB) is a suite of open standards for digital television. The interface schemes for DVB are defined in the European standard EN 50083-9, “Interfaces for CATV/SMATV Headends and Similar ProfessionalEquipment”. DVB via Asynchronous Serial Interface (DVB-ASI) is one of the primary mechanisms to transport MPEG-2 based streams over cable media.

DVB-ASI is a three-layered architecture with the top layer (Layer 2) specified by IEC 13818-1 and the bottom layers, Layer 1 and Layer 0, specified by the Fibre Channel standard IEC 141165-1, part 1. This IP core along with LatticeECP3™ SERDES/PCS implements Layer 1 of the DVB-ASI interface. A part of Layer 2 functionality is also supported by the IP core.


  • Configurable Tx FIFO supporting independent Layer 2 transmit clock
  • Configurable Rx FIFO supporting independent Layer 2 receive clock
  • Automatic start of packet comma insertion in the transmit side
  • Rate-matching comma insertion in the transmit side
  • Handshake signals for sync and data valid for transmitter and receiver
  • Tx and Rx FIFO full indicators
  • Rx sync byte indicator for identifying start-of-packet
  • Optional configurable almost full and almost empty indicators for the FIFOs
  • Matching port names for seamless connection with LatticeECP3 SERDES/PCS
  • Layer 2 functions including lock, sync byte, packet size, runt and giant indicators

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Performance and Size

Sample Configuration SLICEs LUTs Registers EBRs Tx Clk Tx Full Clk Rx Full Clk Rx Clk
1 249 478 343 2 113 119 127 219
2 84 162 136 1 183 121 - -
3 156 301 202 1 - - 117 203

1. Performance and utilization data are generated targeting an LFE3-95E-7FN1156C device with Lattice’s Diamond 1.1 software. Performance may vary when using a different software version or targeting a different device density or speed grade within the LatticeECP3 family.

Ordering Information

Family Part Number
LatticeECP3 DVB-ASI-E3-U

IP Version: 1.1.

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DVB-ASI IP Core User Guide
IPUG90 1.1 12/31/2010 PDF 555.8 KB
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IPexpress Quick Start Guide
8/5/2010 PDF 304.8 KB

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