Single transcoder handles multiple video formats

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Edited by the Electronicstalk editorial team Mar 5, 2008

The Aspex Compression Engine supports all of the most popular video compression algorithms, including MPEG-2, AVC/H.264, VC-1 and MJPEG.

Aspex Semiconductor has released the Aspex Compression Engine (ACE), a software programmable and highly scalable HD video transcoder engine based around Aspex' 8th generation ASProCore, an architecture optimised for HD video compression.

The engine's software programmability allows a single architecture to support all of the most popular video compression algorithms, including MPEG-2, AVC/H.264, VC-1 and MJPEG.

ACE scalability also means that the engine can be dimensioned to satisfy the exact requirements of a given application, from QVGA to full 1920 x 1080 HD and beyond, minimising both price and power consumption and making it suitable for implementation in a wide range of products, including Blu-Ray recorders, HD camcorders, HD mobile applications, home gateways and wireless HDMI adapters, without the need for software rewrites.

"In today's world, the multimedia experience is becoming ubiquitous and the demand for multimedia content to be accessible any time and anywhere will only increase", said Fabio Murra, Product Marketing Manager at Aspex Semiconductor.

"This means that the devices themselves need to transcode HD content to different formats, for example 'sideloading' from an advanced set-top box to an iPod or uploading from an HDCAM to the internet".

"ACE is the engine that allows them to do this, at low power and with an ultra-small silicon footprint".

ACE IP is available as a fully featured RTL block, with verification test benches, synthesis scripts, a behavioural simulator and reference 'C' software libraries and API.

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