Video codec hardware IP doubles performance

March 08, 2013 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Renesas Electronics announced a multi-format video codec hardware IP product that supports low-delay processing for automotive information terminals supporting High Definition Television (HDTV), mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, and industrial equipment.

This hardware IP features a minimum processing delay of 1 ms, support for encoding functions for VP8 video codecs, and Full HD (1920 × 1080) at 60 fps (1080p60).

In addition, the IP implements the same level of hardware scale, low power, and features such as support for 128-bit high-bandwidth data buses and support for the video formats used in the Android mobile technology platform, as the IP included in existing Renesas system ICs for mobile applications. Since these features allow the video encoding and decoding adopted by many applications to be performed in a single hardware unit, this IP can provide a an excellent cost performance for applications, Renesas said.

Due to the increasingly high performance of mobile equipment such as automotive information terminals, smartphones, and tablets, there are increasing demands for this equipment to transmit not only recordings of earlier video content, but increasingly complex video content as well. One means of implementing this is peer-to-peer video, which entails the compression and decompression of video signals. Thus, with respect to the video codec technology that performs that compression and decompression, there are now strong needs for implementation not only of extensions to earlier video compression standards but also of extremely low processing delay, in addition to demands for higher performance and lower power.

To respond to these needs, Renesas Electronics is releasing as a commercial hardware IP that implements the low-delay processing appropriate for real-time video transmission.

This hardware IP achieves codec processing in which the delay from the start of data input to the start of the corresponding output has a minimum of 1 ms. This enables the development of systems that require that compressed video data be transmitted with low delay, such as wireless video transmission systems or high-quality video conferencing systems.

In addition to the earlier H.264 AVC, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 compression standards, a VP8 encoding function has been added to this hardware IP to