Chips&Media announces HEVC video decoder IP

Thursday, April 25th, 2013 
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Chips&Media Unveils the Industry’s First Ultra HD HEVC Decoder Core

SEOUL, South Korea — Chips&Media, Inc., a leading company in silicon video Intellectual Property (IP), today introduced the industry’s first hardware HEVC decoder IP core supporting up to Ultra HD resolution.

HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) which was officially ratified recently, is claimed to be the most successful video standard in history, reaching 50% improvement in bit compression rate compared to the existing H.264/AVC standard while preserving video quality. It is designed to provide high-quality streaming video, even on bandwidth-constrained mobile network and also expected to deliver higher resolution video content for 4K and 8K UHDTV.

Chips&Media’s WAVE410 HEVC decoder targets an extensive range of high-end devices that are capable of 4K video playback from smartphones to UHDTV/UHD set-top boxes built on state-of-the-art architecture and technologies with high performance and energy efficiency.

Key features:

Scalable Architecture

WAVE410 is based on hybrid hardware and software architecture, which can bring benefits – fast reliable performance from dedicated hardware and flexibility and configurability from software. It is designed for a scalable SoC platform, which can be easily extended to up to 8 cores for maximum design flexibility.

Superior Real Time Performance

The core supports HEVC main profile up to L5.0 with a superior performance. WAVE410 single core requires only about 100 MHz clock frequencies to decode 1080p video at 30 fps, and its scalable architecture makes it possible to achieve 8K resolution at 60fps.

Ultra-low Power Consumption

It is a complete HEVC solution delivering real time decoding performance combined with low power in a smaller footprint for today’s space-constrained and power hungry applications. The core also includes a multiple level of clock gating logic that achieves a balance between energy efficiency and performance.

Highly Efficient Memory Management

WAVE410 delivers 50~60% of significant bandwidth reduction with low bandwidth techniques and latest advances such as use of cache for reference pixels and efficient frame buffer management.

Chips&Media’s WAVE410 core is available for licensing now.