Thursday, March 7, 2013

Renesas develops and supplies multi-format video codec hardware IP

USA: Renesas Electronics Corp. has developed and will start supply of a multi-format video codec hardware IP product that supports low-delay processing for automotive information terminals that support High Definition Television (HDTV), mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, and industrial equipment.

This new hardware IP features a minimum processing delay of 1 ms, support for encoding functions for VP8TM video codecs, and HD (1920 × 1080) 60 fps (1080p60) performance.

In addition, this new hardware IP implements the same level of hardware scale, low power, and features such as support for 128-bit high-bandwidth data buses and support for the video formats used in the Android mobile technology platform, as the IP included in existing Renesas system ICs for mobile applications.

Since these features allow the video encoding and decoding adopted by many applications to be performed in a single hardware unit, this IP can provide a superlative cost performance for applications.

Due to the increasingly high performance of mobile equipment such as automotive information terminals, smartphones, and tablets, there are increasing demands for this equipment to transmit not only recordings of earlier video content, but increasingly complex video content as well. One means of implementing this is peer-to-peer video, which entails the compression and decompression of video signals.

Thus, with respect to the video codec technology that performs that compression and decompression, there are now strong needs for implementation not only of extensions to earlier video compression standards but also of extremely low processing delay, in addition to demands for higher performance and lower power.

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