Videantis Announces Support for WebM Project and VP8 Codec

Friday, May 21st, 2010

HANNOVER, Germany — videantis GmbH, a leading provider of programmable low-power video engines, today announced that the WebM project and the open source VP8 video codec released by Google, Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG), will be supported on the videantis v-MPx programmable processor platform.

The support for both the VP8 decoder and encoder will be available for all members of the videantis product family, ranging from the lowest-power, tiny-footprint mobile v-MP2000M core up to the current flagship IP, the v MP4280HDX full-HD core.

By fully leveraging the benefits of the v-MPx programmable platform, VP8 will not only be offered to new licensees, but also all existing customers who have products in the market can benefit from the availability of VP8 on the v MPx platform without limitation by simply performing a firmware update in the field.

“A key factor in the web’s success is that its core technologies are open and freely implementable. Video is fundamental to the web experience, and developers and content publishers need an open video format option,” said Mike Jazayeri, Group Product Manager at Google. “We are excited videantis is joining a broad coalition of industry leaders supporting the WebM project to bring a new era of open innovation in web video.”

“VP8 is expected to rapidly become the format of choice for a wide range of video services in the web,” said Young-Hun Kluge, VP of Sales & Marketing at videantis. “Our mission is to provide our customers a flexible technology for video based solutions which are upgradeable even after the mass production start and which helps our customers and the end users to follow the fast-changing video technology in the internet for ensuring always the best and broadest viewing experience.”

The v-MPx platform is used in customer integrated circuits ranging from mobile applications to home entertainment, automotive, and surveillance products. videantis’ technology is fully proven in FPGA prototyping systems and in mass production silicon.