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Real-time HD JPEG 2000 codec on multicore DSPs

Posted: 25 Apr 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:digital cinema? multicore DSP? PCI express? video codec?

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) has unveiled what it says is the industry's first implementation of the real-time HD JPEG 2000 codec on a multicore DSPs. Four TMS20C6678 multicore DSPs with JPEG 2000 codecs are available on Advantech's DSPC-8681E half-length PCI express card. According to the company, the offering targets processing intensive, power efficient applications in industries such as broadcast and digital cinema. JPEG 2000 is an image compression codec offering significant flexibility and performance increases over previous versions, explained the company.

With the JPEG 2000 codec running as a real-time application across four TI C6678 DSPs simultaneously, Advantech's low-cost DSPC-8681E video engine can support 2K/4K resolution video encoding/decoding at an extremely low power consumption of 54W, noted TI. Because the C6678 DSP is entirely software based, switching codecs and parameters is seamless for developers, unlike on an FPGA. The flexibility of this solution allows broadcast and digital cinema developers to more quickly and easily design applications than ever before, boasted the company, asserting saving costs to developers by 50 percent.

To ease development, TI's C6678 multimedia solution includes a comprehensive portfolio of video codecs, including the real-time JPEG 2000 codec, which will be accessible through TI's website. TI's full portfolio of video codecs also includes the H.264, H.263, MPEG4, MPEG2, JPEG, VC1, Soren Spark encoders and decoders. TI's C6678 multimedia solution is also ideal for applications in the video surveillance, medical and mission critical industries, the company indicated.

TI's JPEG 2000 HD codec will be available free for download in June.

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