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HD multidecoder props MPEG-2, H.264 for DVB

Posted: 29 Feb 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:high-definition? multi-standard video decoder? DVB? MPEG-2? H.264?

Fujitsu Ltd has rolled out a new full high-definition (HD) multistandard video decoder LSI for DVB HD broadcasts that decodes both MPEG-2 and H.264 compression formats in full HD resolution (1,920 dots x 1,080 lines).

This MB86H60 is a highly integrated SoC for TV, STBs and portable receivers, and complies with the DVB standard currently used in various regions, mainly Europe. It touts the necessary processing functions for a HD broadcast receiver, including processing of digital video, audio, and graphics. Also, the LSI's functions can be employed with the addition of only two 16bit-wide external memory chips, allowing set vendors to reduce overall costs when designing TVs and STBs.

DVB standard
The DVB standard is used in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and by some broadcast systems in China, which are currently broadcasting in standard definition(SD) using the MPEG-2 video compression format. Next-generation broadcasts will be in HD, and in Europe it has been decided that H.264 will be the main format to be used. Since the shift to next-generation HD broadcasts in Europe and elsewhere will occur gradually over time, decoder LSIs used in TVs and STBs for these regions need to be able to handle decoding of both MPEG-2 and H.264 formats.

Following HD broadcasting in Japan and the US, for the ramp up of HD broadcasting in Europe, Fujitsu built on its expertise and experience of the previously released SmartMPEG series along with H.264 decoder technology co-developed with Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd to offer this multi-decoder, MB86H60, capable of supporting both MPEG-2 and H.264 video compression formats on a single chip.

Sample shipment of the new LSI, the MB86H60, will start from the end of May 2008.

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