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ARM acquires video IP company

Posted: 18 Feb 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:acquisition ARM Logipard? video IP? phone mobile IP?

ARM has acquired Logipard AB, a Sweden-based video IP company. The Logipard video IP has shipped in more than 30 million mobile phone units to date. The acquisition enables ARM to bring to market the ARM Mali-VE multistandard video engine family of products.

The acquisition adds video and imaging technology to the ARM portfolio, making ARM the only IP provider with the in-depth experience and understanding required to meet the market need for an entire range of system elements, from memory controllers, interconnect, application and embedded processors to graphics processors, video engines, physical IP and embedded firmware.

The highly flexible and scalable Mali-VE architecture offers the optimum combination of high performance, efficient die size, programmability and low power consumption, making it ideal for mobile solutions and converged consumer applications. The ARM Mali-VE family supports the majority of the leading video codec formats, and provides encode and decode codec capabilities for image resolutions from QCIF up to HD (1,080p) as used in the latest high quality camcorders, DTVs and Blu-ray players.

The small silicon area and efficient memory bandwidth solution results in low-power consumption operation, while the programmable and scalable architecture enables flexible support for multiple video image formats. The solution complies with the ARM AMBA interconnect standard and operates autonomously, thereby minimizing the load on the host CPU. The Mali-VE3 video engine is available today supporting resolutions up to D1 while the HD 1,080p Mali-VE6 solution will be available in the 2H 09.

"Video acceleration and processing technologies have become critical for the development of many consumer electronics products, complementing the ARM Cortex CPU and ARM Mali GPU IP already incorporated into many high-performance mobile devices," said Lance Howarth, VP and GM of media processing division at ARM.

"This is a natural next step for Logipard, and we look forward to taking the technology to the next level under the ARM brand. Under the guidance of ARM, we believe we can establish our products as the technology of choice for video coding within mobile devices," said Linus Wiebe, CEO of Logipard.

The Mali-VE technology offers full encode support for H.264 at baseline and main profiles, H.263 and MPEG-4SP, making it suitable for a wide range of end user devices such as mobile phones, portable media players and camcorders. In addition, the flexible architecture enables decoding of High Profile H.264 and all profiles of VC-1 as well as MPEG-2, as required by Internet- enabled devices for browsing video content such as YouTube. The programmable nature of the architecture also allows for future standards and new codec tools to be implemented using firmware upgrade only, shortening time-to-market to support new standards in existing designs.

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