LONDON Amino Communications is to start shipments in July of its first set top box design to support the H.264 compression codec (also known as MPEG-4 AVC) .
The AmiNET124 uses Amino's (Cambridge, UK) portable software stack which enables all of the IPTV support software to run on a single DSP processor and is is also compatible with leading IPTV middleware and conditional access providers.
Amino is using Texas Instruments DSP-based TMS320DM642 digital media processor in the AmiNET124. The DSP works at up to 720MHz and supports advanced video codecs, such as Windows Media Video series 9, H.264, MPEG-4 part 2 (DivX derivatives included) and MPEG-2.
H.264 compression technology uses up to 40 percent less network bandwidth than the MPEG-2 compression used in most current systems. Using H.264 on an existing ADSL network, telcos should be able to increase their subscriber reach, and also offer two or more video streams per household, where previously only one was possible.
The AmiNET124 is also compatible with the recently announced ReadyLinks SmartFoot adapter, which allows multiple set-top boxes to be networked using the existing coaxial cables already present in most homes.