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ViXS touts first video SoC with12bit HDR technology

Posted: 13 Jan 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SoC? 4K Ultra HD? HDR? 12bit colour?

ViXS Systems Inc. has claimed to release the first system-on-chip (SoC) that supports high dynamic range (HDR) technology and 12bit colour depth. The XCode 6800 aims to provide 4K Ultra HD experience to consumers.

HDR extends the dynamic range of display brightness levels, creating images with clarity and brilliance that appear as natural as possible to the human eye. Adding HDR overcomes the limited dynamic range of today's TV sets, giving movie studios thousands of times more possibilities for creating images that are lifelike. ViXS worked closely with HDR technology providers to develop an innovative colour tone mapping scheme that converts HDR-based content to regular HD or Ultra HD, giving equipment manufacturers the ability to deploy products that will be backward and forward compatible. Moreover, industry consensus is that 12bit colour more closely represents how the human eye perceives contrast and is being specified by industry bodies as one of the key broadcast codecs for 4K Ultra HD. By combining HDR and 12bit colour, consumers will now get the exceptional viewing experience when purchasing Ultra HD television sets.

ViXS embedded an ARM Cortex A9 dual-SMP CPU into the XCode 6800, providing ample processing power for today's demanding applications. Also included in the XCode 6800 is a state-of-the-art 3D graphics engine compliant with OpenGL-ES 2.0 and OpenGL-ES 3.0. With dedicated silicon processing, the XCode 6800 delivers 1080p HD at 30/60/120/240 frames per second and Ultra HD 2160p60 at 10bit or 12bit colour. ViXS has included a set of peripherals including HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 and support for HDR signalling, Gigabit Ethernet, SDIO, USB, eMMC, SPI flash memory controllers, DDR3/DDR4 memory controllers, PCIe and smart card interfaces. Set-top box versions of the XCode 6800 include advanced conditional access, multiple transport stream inputs, SATA for DVR applications and MoCA 2.0 communications technology. The XCode 6800 family is manufactured in 28nm technology.

XCode 6800 samples are available to customers in Q2 2015.

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