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ST, McubeWorks pave fast path to advance video features

Posted: 30 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mcubeworks? h.264 mobile decoder software? mobile multimedia? processor?

STMicroelectronics has signed a worldwide license agreement with McubeWorks Inc. under which McubeWorks licenses its H.264 mobile decoder software for use in ST's Nomadik mobile multimedia application processors.

The H.264 video compression standard is widely used in digital video systems to improve image quality across limited data bandwidth. The platform of ST's Nomadik processor and McubeWorks' H.264 decoder serves as solid, supercharged engine for powering mobile video handsets running video-on- demand, digital multimedia broadcasting, and media player applications.

Licensing the video decoder gives ST early entry into the fast-growing handset market for mobile digital video players, video phones, camcorders, and other similar, developing portable applications. In particular, video capability, like interactive television and video clips of movies and sports events, is seen as a key feature for third-generation (3G) cell phones. For designers of these products, the combination of the Nomadik processor and the software codec establishes a quick and easy path to developing high-performance, power-efficient scalable designs.

The McubeWorks' video decoder software running on a STn8810 Nomadik processor and Symbian's Series 60 v9.1 operating system will display at least 20 frames per second (fps) of video at quarter VGA (QVGA) resolution. Ongoing optimization is aimed at boosting the frame rate to 30 fps and resolution to that of the common interface format standard. Moreover, the decoder software can be integrated with any operating system and is fully compatible with the Java vision toolkit.

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