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Silicon Hive offers Full HD video signal processor core

Posted: 15 Nov 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Full HD video codecs? video signal processor? soft IP core? IPTV?

Silicon Hive, the Philips Electronics spinoff that specializes in IP to enable semiconductor companies to make fully-programmable SoCs for communications and consumer electronics applications, has started licensing the HiveFlex VSP 2500 video signal processor for Full HD video codecs.

The company says the multiprocessorwhich is delivered as a synthesizable soft IP core, with support for synthesis, characterization, test-vectors and test logic insertionis the first such fully-programmable video coding solution for Full HD (1,080p) available. It is targeted at portable terminals, mobile phones and IPTV systems.

The Hive VSP 2500 has a scalable tile architecture that works by adding or removing tiles. It allows SoC platform designers to address various operating points in terms of area, power and performance.

A two-tile system can be programmed in software to support 1,080p 30fps H.264 baseline Level 4 decoding using a 225MHz Clock. Adding more tiles extends the functionality, addressing encoding and transcoding applications, and even enables further video processing such as scaling, frame-rate conversion and noise reduction.

Other standards are programmable in software as well, including but not limited to, VC-1, MPEG-2 & MPEG-4. The solution is also scalable to lower performance points like HD-ready (720p) & SD (576p).

The processor builds on the tiled architecture of the already announced VSP 2200 series. The full HD decoding hardware is supported by three VLIW processors; two of these have the tile architecture, while the third, a Stream Processor, is used for entropy coding.

- John Walko
EE Times Europe

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