MPEG-4 based codecs pass handset tests
Winbond Electronics has successfully completed testing on its latest MPEG-4 based codec chips featuring intellectual property from IndigoVision
Winbond Electronics Corp, the Taiwan based integrated circuit manufacturer, has announced the successful completion of tests for its latest MPEG-4 based codec chips. Using intellectual property from IndigoVision, the UK based digital network video specialist, the new Winbond chip is targeted at cellphone customers in the rapidly expanding video over cellphone market.
IndigoVision provided its unique, market leading, hardware based MPEG-4 codec soft core IP and Winbond has successfully transferred that IP into silicon in very short time.
Steve Wright ASIC Manager at IndigoVision said: 'Winbond chose the IndigoVision IP after an extensive evaluation process because our soft core gives the best video quality available from any MPEG-4 product available today'.
'As the core is silicon verified it is a stable, mature design and hence offers our IP customers a shorter and lower risk route to market'.
'Moreover, Sinostar Technologies our exclusive agent in Taiwan, have provided great support enabling Winbond to tape-out the chip on schedule'.
Industry analysts have predicted that up to half of the existing worldwide cellphone users will replace their handsets with video enabled models.
But to date consumers have been disappointed with the slow frame rate and poor quality experienced with current technology.
The Winbond chips based on IndigoVision MPEG-4 technology are the first of a new breed which can provide high frame rates and high video quality over existing cellphone networks.
Broadcast TV, films, sports and video-conferencing are all applications which will be enhanced by the Winbond chips in cellphones.
The new devices from Winbond are: the W99702G (MPEG-4 chip with 1M x 16bit SDRAM) in a 10 x 10mm SIP (system in package) for target MP4/3GP CIF 30frame/s with AV encode/decode and JPEG 1.3Mpixel encode capability; and the W99802G (MPEG-4 chip with 2M x 32bit SDRAM) in a 10 x 10mm SIP for target MP4/3GP VGA/D1 30frame/s with AV encode/decode and JPEG 2/3Mpixel encode capability.
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