Sharp Licenses Sorenson Spark Video Decoder for Inclusion in Mobile Chipsets

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 
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Sorenson Media’s Sorenson Spark Video Decoder Enables Optimized Mobile Video Performance Design and Manufacturing, Access to the Web’s Largest Base of Internet Video

SAN DIEGO — Sorenson Media today announced that it has licensed the Sorenson Spark Software Developers Kit (SDK) to Sharp Corporation (Tokyo:6753) to enhance the company’s online video family of semiconductor systems on a chip (SoC).

Sorenson Spark is the industry’s most ubiquitous video codec, and was the first codec used in Macromedia Flash, now Adobe Flash. The decoder exclusively enables the playback of hundreds of millions of videos on the Internet, including YouTube, the single largest online video destination site today. The Sorenson Spark SDK enables developers to integrate the Sorenson Spark decoder into a wide array of programmable chipsets and semiconductors. The kit is designed to provide Sorenson Spark decoding on any platform, including custom silicon.

The optimized Sorenson Spark decoder will be integrated with Sharp’s System on chip semiconductor products for mobile devices. The inclusion of the Sorenson Spark codec will enable the company to expand its influence in the mobile device design marketplace by enhancing the video components of its proprietary libraries and chipsets, ultimately providing end mobile device users with access to the deepest pool of online video content. Sharp’s partnership is the latest in a steady and growing list of global companies that have licensed Sorenson Spark video codec, exclusively available from Sorenson Media.

“The Sorenson Spark decoder will be a significant addition to the growing video component of Sharp’s chipsets,” said Douglas Cebik, director of business development. “We are delighted to partner with Sharp to greatly enhance the support for video content on the Internet.”