Fujitsu Launches Full HD H.264 Transcoder LSI

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007
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Extends recording time by more than 2.5 times while maintaining video quality

Tokyo — Fujitsu Limited today announced the development and launch of a new transcoder large-scaled integrated (LSI) chip that can convert full HD (1920dot x 1080line) MPEG-21 video data to H.2642 data and compress data size to less than one-half that of MPEG-2. Sample shipments of the new chip, the MB86H52, will start from September 1, 2007. This new transcoder makes it possible to extend recording time of recording devices such as hard disk recorders by over 2.5 times, as the chip enables data size compression without compromising video quality. The transcoder can also be embedded in a multitude of equipment requiring reduction of data size, and can realize full HD over narrower bandwidths used for home network, the use of which is anticipated to spread hereafter.

Digital terrestrial broadcasts and digital satellite broadcasts use data compressed into the MPEG-2 format. Because MPEG-2 format video is high-resolution, if the video is recorded as it is without compression, to storage media such as hard disks, the data volume is extremely high and thereby causes the problem of significantly limited recording time.

Focusing on such issues, Fujitsu developed this MB86H52 transcoder LSI that converts MPEG-2 format video data to the H.264 format, which features a higher compression rate. Functionality of this new transcoder is based on the video processing technology of Fujitsu’s full HD H.264 CODEC (Encode / Decode) LSI product, MB86H51, currently being shipped. Utilizing proprietary high quality video technology developed by Fujitsu Laboratories, the quality of the input MPEG-2 video data can be maintained when transcoded to H.264 format.

Figure 1: Fujitsu’s new transcoder LSI, MB86H52 (unit shown: cm)

Fujitsu’s new transcoder will be exhibited at i-SEDEX 2007, to be held in Seoul, Korea from September 18-20.

Sample Pricing and Availability

Product name: MB86H52
Sample Price (including tax): JPY 25,000
Availability: From September 1, 2007

Sales Target

5 million units in fiscal 2007 (April 2007 – March 2008), inclusive of all H.264 LSIs