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IP core products round off company offerings

Posted: 10 Dec 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Imagination Technologies Group plc has launched the POWERVR VXD392 decoder and POWERVR VXE382 encoder as the latest additions to its multistandard, multistream video IP core product families. The IP cores include support for H.264 MVC, WebM (VP8; decode), S3D (Stereoscopic 3D) and resolutions up to UltraHD.

POWERVR VXD392 is a low-power, multistandard and multistream ultra HD hardware video decoder IP core. It claims to enable the widest supported standards of any video IP core, including support for WebM (VP8) as well as key new technologies including Stereo 3D and H.264 MVC. It also enables up to 4k by 4k resolutions for UltraHD and full resolution top and bottom or side by side display configurations for stereoscopic applications.

H.264 Multiview Video Coding (MVC) enables multiple view point television, advanced S3D video imaging and immersive teleconferencing. The multistream VXD architecture helps enable the two main MVC use cases: Stereo High Profile, which targets two-view stereoscopic 3D video; and Multiview High Profile, which supports two or more views using both inter-picture and inter-view prediction.

The IP core reduces bandwidth compared to previous generation technology, even in the case of artificially extreme benchmarks such as Allegro. Further enhancements in latency tolerance delivers high performance with minimized system requirements.

The POWERVR VXE382 Video Encoder IP core is a multistandard SD and HD video encoder which delivers a comprehensive portfolio of standards and tuning options, including multistream input and support for H.264 MVC standard profile (as used by Blu-ray 3D), which makes VXE382 suited for stereoscopic interactive 3D applications as well as high performance video-based communications. VXE382 also includes an extensive H.264 toolset.

Using POWERVR VXE382 savings in bitrate of 2.5x are typical when compared to existing solutions in the market. This means faster upload & download times, reduced bandwidth costs and vastly increased storage capabilities. By reducing the time required to transmit and receive video data, power savings can be made, vital for today's portable electronic devices.

By being part of Imagination's unique and comprehensive POWERVR family of Visual IP cores, The Imagination codec technologies VXD392 and VXE382 are designed to integrate fully with other members of the family such as the POWERVR SGX graphics IP portfolio under unified software. When combined with SGX, the codec delivers a significant reduction in system bandwidth compared to alternative solutions through the use of sophisticated system integration features such as support for shared system level cache (SLC) with Imagination's POWERVR SGX graphics cores.

Both cores are supported by hardware drivers including OpenMAX and libva API support, and a growing ecosystem of partners providing support for the POWERVR video decode and encode family of IP cores.

Imagination's advanced power management techniques ensure that all POWERVR VXD and VXE cores have low power requirements enabling HD video to be consumed or created for hours at a time on power-constrained devices such as portable media players and mobile phones.

POWERVR VXD392 and VXE382 are available for licensing now.

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