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Hardware IP from Renesas boasts low-delay processing

Posted: 11 Mar 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:video codec? IP? HDTV? MPEG-2? MPEG-4?

Renesas Electronics Corp. has introduced a multi-format video codec hardware IP that supports low-delay processing for automotive information terminals that support HDTV, mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, and industrial equipment. It also features a minimum processing delay of 1ms, support for encoding functions for VP8TM video codecs, and HD (1920 x 1080) 60 fps (1080p60) performance, stated the company.

This hardware IP implements the same level of hardware scale, low power and features such as support for 128bit high-bandwidth data buses and support for the video formats used in the Android mobile technology platform, as the IP included in existing Renesas system ICs for mobile applications. Since these features allow the video encoding and decoding adopted by many applications to be performed in a single hardware unit, this IP can provide a superlative cost performance for applications, Renesas added.

The hardware IP achieves codec processing in which the delay from the start of data input to the start of the corresponding output has a minimum of 1ms. This enables the development of systems that require that compressed video data be transmitted with low delay, such as wireless video transmission systems or high-quality video conferencing systems.

In addition to the earlier H.264 AVC, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 compression standards, a VP8 encoding function has been added to this hardware IP to strengthen support for Internet content. It also supports full HD stereo 3D content with the H.264 MVC standard. The decoding functions support the same standards as earlier Renesas hardware IP, allowing the playback of a wide range of content types.

Additionally, the hardware IP claims to achieve twice the encoding/decoding performance of the earlier Renesas products, namely full HD video at 60 fps (1080p60), with the same hardware scale and power consumption as the earlier hardware IP. Applications that require simultaneous encoding/decoding of multiple video streams such as compressed transcoding or video chat, can be easily implemented with a single hardware IP.

Samples of the hardware IP on the SoC of Renesas' R-Car Series and R-Mobile Series are available from April 2013.

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