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Monday, April 12, 2010

NTT develops multi-standard FPGA design for next generation 1080i 60 video

NTT Electronicst has developed an FPGA version of a multi-standard single chip LSI for both H.264/AVC 4:2:2 10-bit (including AVC-Intra 100/50) and MPEG-2 4:2:2 decoding
In the broadcasting industry, various types of H.264/AVC 4:2:2 10-bit equipment are available for the recording, editing, storage and transmission of high-quality (high-definition) video. NTT Electronics focuses its product development efforts in line with this trend, achieving the early development of an FPGA decoder that could be used with the conventional 8-bit equipment, and with a view to migration toward the 10-bit format.
NTT Electronics' new chip supports H.264/AVC 4:2:2 10-bit decoding, including AVC-Intra 100/50, helping to improve efficiency in the transmission and editing of high-quality video. The chip also supports 10-bit and 8-bit H.264/AVC 4:2:2 and 4:2:0, as well as MPEG-2 4:2:2 and 4:2:0 8-bit specifications, thereby covering most of the formats currently used to send video. Therefore, by using this chip in equipment on the receiving side, video can be received without concern about which format is used on the sending side.
  "Our aggressive development of codec chips for the H.264/AVC 10-bit specification has led us to the development of an FPGA version (for 1080i 60), the broadcasting market's first decoder LSI to support all formats including 10-bit 4:2:2 H.264/AVC and MPEG-2," said Shoichi Otake, general manager of NTT Electronics' 1st Product Group.
"We plan to release a version for 1080p 60 in the first quarter of 2011, between January and March," he said. "Looking ahead, we intend to develop and provide over 10 models of next-generation H.264/AVC encoder/decoder LSIs by 2012, enabling broadcast content to be transmitted, edited, and delivered with the highest possible quality."
The new FPGA decoder will be demonstrated at NAB2010, the world's largest broadcasting industry exhibition, in Las Vegas this week
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