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Ace Thought Announces the Release of H.265/HEVC Video Decoder Software for ARM and x86 Processors

Ace Thought Announces the Release of H.265/HEVC Video Decoder Software for ARM and x86 Processors | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Ace Thought Technologies, a leading provider of media processing software, today announced the release of highly optimized, multi-threaded, power efficient and real-time H.265/HEVC software video decoder for ARM Cortex-A series and x86 processors. Ace Thought’s HEVC video decoder software enables rich entertainment experience across smart-phones, tablets, set-top boxes, smart TVs and connected devices.


Ace Thought’s HEVC video decoder for ARM processor provides scalable performance by utilizing ARM NEON SIMD and multi-core processor technologies. The HEVC video decoder is scalable up to 8 cores and enables 60 fps playback of 1080p HD resolution content on quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor. Ace Thought’s HEVC video decoder software enables the creation of high-quality player application on existing Android, iOS and Windows Phone 8 based tablets and smart-phones.

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IBC 2013 : chipsets, HEVC et set-top-box

IBC 2013 : chipsets, HEVC et set-top-box | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

L’IBC était l’occasion de faire le point sur l’offre de plusieurs concepteurs de chipsets pour set-top-boxes. Chaque année, les gammes évoluent pour tenir compte de l’évolution des besoins et de l’environnement technologiques : la gestion du multi-écrans, le support de l’HEVC, l’arrivée de la 4K et la gestion des réseaux domestiques.

 

Le support d’HEVC est clé pour tout fabricant de chipset car les appels d’offre des opérateurs de TV payante et d’IPTV commencent à intégrer le support d’HEVC. Ce support permet aux opérateurs d’étendre le parc de clients éligibles à l’IPTV. Pas question d’UHD dans ce cas, mais de simple SD ou HD. Comme l’HEVC réduit de 30% à 50% le débit nécessaire pour la transmission de vidéo, le bénéfice est évident pour les opérateurs. Les autres bénéfices de l’HEVC sont de réduire les coûts de CDN (Content Delivery Networks, les serveurs dans le cloud qui optimisent l’accès aux vidéos pour les consommateurs) et aussi d’améliorer les offres mobiles de consommation de vidéo en live comme à la demande. Les appels d’offre d’aujourd’hui correspondent à des déploiements qui démarreront entre fin 2014 et fin 2015 et génèreront une base installée de box qui devra tenir jusqu’à facilement 2019. Donc, il faut voir loin !

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Allegro DVT Showcases World’s First HEVC Hardware Decoder IP at IBC 2012 [PR]

Allegro DVT Showcases World’s First HEVC Hardware Decoder IP at IBC 2012 [PR] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Allegro DVT is proud to introduce the world first HEVC hardware decoder IP at IBC 2012. HEVC (aka “High Efficiency Video Coding”) is the next generation video standard, currently being developed by the JCT-VC team. JCT-VC is a joint team between MPEG and VCEG.

 

The new HEVC decoder IP leverages Allegro DVT long and successful history of hardware video IPs development. Thanks to this HEVC decoder IP, Allegro DVT customers will be able to tape-out HEVC capable SoC as soon as the standard is finalized.

At IBC 2012, Allegro DVT will demonstrate an FPGA based, real-time, high definition HEVC decoder, on its booth: 1.A46.

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VeriSilicon Releases New Generation of Hantro Video IP Products to Promote WebM and WebRTC [PR]

VeriSilicon Releases New Generation of Hantro Video IP Products to Promote WebM and WebRTC [PR] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

VeriSilicon had an excellent year 2011 on promoting WebM, a free, open media format, and WebRTC, a free, open real-time communications framework, through Hantro video semiconductor IP licensing. Most tier-1 semiconductor companies adopted VP8 video format for WebM by integrating Hantro G1 Multi-format Decoder and Hantro H1 Multi-format Encoder, the only commercially available encoding IP supporting both H.264 and VP8, into their chips and platforms.


This enables WebM video in a number of new, exciting devices such as media tablets, smart phones and smart TVs. Under an existing licensing agreement with Google, VeriSilicon has rights to commercially license Hantro G1 Multi-format Decoder and Hantro H1 Multi-format Encoder products to semiconductor companies worldwide and modify the Hantro video IPs to enhance core architecture and add new features.


Hantro H1 Multi-format Video Encoder IP product page : http://www.verisilicon.com/en/products_hvip.asp


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ViXS Systems and PacketVideo put DLNA Server on VIXS SoC

ViXS Systems and PacketVideo put DLNA Server on VIXS SoC | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

At CES 2012 ViXS Systems Inc. will be demonstrating PacketVideo’s TwonkyServer 6.0 connected home solution running on it’s XCode 4208 NAS SoC.TwonkyServer from PacketVideo makes finding media and playing it back on connected home and mobile devices as simple as drag and drop. Adopting DLNA and other networking and streaming software this solution provides compatibility with more devices and file formats than any other connected home solution in the industry making the sharing of photos, video and music a seamless experience for beginners and experts alike.


On show at CES will be the TwonkyServer running on a video NAS base platform based on the XCode 4208. The XCode 4208 performs all the data and video NAS functions and hardware audio and video transcoding functions. The TwonkyServer is performing all the home networking and streaming management functions to DLNA based clients.

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IBC content protection: a bomb-proof shelter inside a SoC

IBC content protection: a bomb-proof shelter inside a SoC | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Pay TV security is an ongoing battle between operators and not just pirates but also individuals who would rather not pay for the service. At the same time, operators have one hand tied behind their backs because unlike in banking, customers are not bothered if someone next door is hacking into their service.This rules out biometric techniques to authenticate users since people are unwilling to have their eyeballs examined to get at their premium content.

 

At IBC this year there was a growing view among operators and security vendors that no single technology can defeat the pirates, especially as services extend to multiple devices in TV Anywhere and OTT deployments. There is also recognition that defences against increasingly sophisticated attacks on encryption keys held in System on a Chip (SoC) components in set-top boxes, home gateways and other devices require stronger defences.

 

For this reason the San Francisco based cryptography company Cryptography Research has gained significant traction among both silicon manufacturers and conditional access (CA) vendors, leading to two significant announcements during the show :

- firstly, the company announced that a fourth Pay TV SoC vendor, MStar Semiconductor, was licensing its CryptoFirewall technology in addition to Broadcom, ST Microelectronics and ViXS, which are already on board.

- a licensing agreement with CA vendor Verimatrix

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KALRAY to showcase low power, live Ultra HD (4K) HEVC encoder at CES 2014 in collaboration with DivX

KALRAY to showcase low power, live Ultra HD (4K) HEVC encoder at CES 2014 in collaboration with DivX | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

 KALRAY, the designer and exclusive provider of the low power, high performance MPPA MANYCORE processor, today announced plans to demonstrate at CES 2014, the first low power live Ultra HD HEVC (4K) encoder running on the KALRAY MPPA MANYCORE processor. The demonstration is streaming DivX HEVC UltraHD (4K) video to a set top box.

 

Less than a year after it was first made available to the market, the MPPA-256 , KALRAY’s first MPPA® MANYCORE processor coming with 256 cores on a single chip, will be used for a world première demonstration at CES 2014, being held in Las Vegas (Jan 7-10). The MPPA-256 processor demonstrates a complete Ultra HD HEVC live encoding and decoding flow based on DivX HEVC UltraHD video.

 

The MainConcept HEVC SDK is used in the demo and is capable of encoding a high-qualityUltra HD HEVC video at 30 fps using four MPPA®-256 processors which consume less than 50 Watts altogether. Decoding and live display on a commercially available Ultra HD TV is being performed by a single MPPA based EMB01 embedded board, which was recently announced by KALRAY.

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ViXS announces network multimedia SoC with HEVC integrated [PR]

ViXS announces network multimedia SoC with HEVC integrated [PR] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

iXS introduces the XCode 6000 ARM processor-based media gateway family – the industry’s first integrated six HD transcoder media processor and the first to deploy the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) together with integrated Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) 2.0

 

The XCode 6000 family has set many new innovations and performance benchmarks on the market. These new innovations include:

- First media processing gateway to integrate the new HEVC video compression standard to reduce video bandwidth over the current H.264/MPEG-4 AVC broadcasts and also provide support for 4Kx2K resolution.

- Multi-format HD decoding engine for flexible media processing of internet Web TV based streaming or Over the Top (OTT) and Over the Top TV (OTTtv) formats.

- Best-in-class hardware media processing capable of six concurrent HD transcoding for streaming up to 6 iPads, tablets, smart phones or other connected and mobile devices.

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SnoiD's comment, September 10, 2012 7:19 PM
Nicolas as tu vu des démonstrations d'HEVC sur le salon IBC ? aurais tu un article à conseiller concernant ce nouveau codec ? j'en étais resté au brouillon et la nécessité d'optimisation de l'encodage qui demandai énormément de ressources.
Nicolas Weil's comment, September 11, 2012 4:19 AM
Je suis passé ultra-rapidement sur le salon, ciblant uniquement Allegro pour le HEVC, car leur annonce semblait la plus avancée. En réalité les plaquettes marketing sont toujours en avance sur la réalité puisque le packaging DASH arrive en janvier prochain et que le codec n'est pas encore optimisé (ça fait à peine la même chose que l'AVC pour l'instant). Je ne sais pas si c'est beaucoup plus mûr chez Ericsson, MainConcept, Elecard ou Vanguard, ou si NTT a avancé dans le packaging du prototype d'encodeur hardwar montré au NAB. En gros mon impression c'est qu'il faudra attendre le prochain NAB pour voir apparaître les premiers produits vraiment finis et optimisés.

Pour des détails très techniques sur le codage HEVC je dirais : http://www.irisa.fr/temics/staff/lemeur/teaching/HEVC_CAV_ESIR3_2011_2012.pdf
SnoiD's comment, September 11, 2012 1:47 PM
Merci pour la présentation ;)

Il y aurait des représentant du 4ever project (http://www.4ever-project.com/ que tu avais déjà relayé ici) à l'IBC. Au cas ou il te reste un peu de temps ;)
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ViXS to Showcase Innovative XCode Xtensiv Cloud Transcoding Platform at IBC 2012 [PR]

ViXS to Showcase Innovative XCode Xtensiv Cloud Transcoding Platform at IBC 2012 [PR] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

ViXS Systems Inc. today announced the XCode Xtensiv Cloud Transcoding platform based on its XCodePro 200 series. XCodePro 200 provides the lowest power consumption per stream of any commercially available transcoder chipset. With over 40 engaged infrastructure customers and end products deployed on 5 continents the XCodePro 200 is the 4th generation chipset targeted at the professional market and represents over 5 years of development. Focused on robustness, error correction, and video quality improvements to meet the rigorous quality demands and 24/7 uptime requirements in this market, the Xtensiv Cloud Transcoding platform is the most complete software platform available. ViXS’ investment in this robust platform simplifies deployment in cloud implementations and ensures quick time to market with minimal engineering expenditures for customers. At IBC 2012, ViXS will display the XCode Xtensiv Cloud platform along with a number of other advanced Infrastructure solutions.

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SoC integrations could make place-shifting widespread

SoC integrations could make place-shifting widespread | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Sling Media’s place-shifting technology, which until now has been limited to the company’s retail devices, DISH Network customers and the SlingLoaded pre-integrated platforms offered via parent company EchoStar (e.g. EchoStar Europe), is going to be made available more widely. At CES the company has announced the integration of the Sling Media SDK into Broadcom’s latest set-top box SoC (System on Chip) platforms, notably the Broadcom BCM7425 Dual HD Transcoding MoCA Gateway SoC. The collaboration paves the way for manufacturers of STBs and CE devices to offer place-shifting capabilities so consumers can shift their content to any compatible device via the Internet.

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ViXS Systems Announces Widevine DRM Support on XCode Products

ViXS Systems Announces Widevine DRM Support on XCode Products | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

ViXS Systems Inc. announced today the support of digital rights management solution (DRM) from the company Widevine on its XCode products. The XCod multimedia processors from ViXS integrate an advanced security architecture allowing the porting of digital rights management (DRM) from companies such as Widevine, a global leader for securing high quality audio and video delivery.

 

The XCod multimedia processor SoCs uniquely combine state-of-the-art ViXS’ patented transcoding and transcrypting technologies providing the ability for place shifting and multiscreen streaming.

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VP8 and SVC support in Trident's New Generation of Advanced Set-Top Box SoCs

VP8 and SVC support in Trident's New Generation of Advanced Set-Top Box SoCs | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The TSC100 family of SoC products features Trident's latest generation video decoder technology to natively support the latest codec technologies including SVC (scalable video codec), MVC (multi-view video coding), VP8, Sorenson and other standards.

 

Powered by a 1700 DMIPS ARM Cortex-A9 processor, the TSC100 family is capable of advanced software solutions including the latest releases of Android optimized for the ARM architecture. In addition, the TSC100 family integrates an advanced 3D graphics engine by Imagination Technologies supporting OpenGL ES2.0.

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