NTT DOCOMO, INC., Japan’s leading mobile operator and provider of integrated services centered on mobility, announced today that it will license a software for decoding HEVC, the new international standard for video coding, in March. DOCOMO’s HEVC decoding software is the world’s first of its kind for Full HD playback on smartphones.
DOCOMO played a leading role in the new standard’s development beginning in 2007, including proposing the concept and technical requirements of using HEVC for mobile video services. Beginning in late 2011, DOCOMO verified feasibility by demonstrating some of the world’s first and most advanced real-time HEVC software decoding on tablets and smartphones. DOCOMO’s achievement of Full HD video on smartphones and real-time decoding of UHDTV video at 60 frames per second on PCs were key milestones in the standard’s eventual realization.