Mountain View, Calif. — Cradle Technologies claims to have the industry's first real-time H.264/MPEG-4 AVC software IP solution implemented on a single DSP chip. The algorithm is implemented on Cradle's CT3400 multiprocessor DSP chip.
The CT3400 contains eight DSP cores, six RISC cores and a 128 pin programmable I/O subsystem targeted at high performance video and imaging applications. Only memory, PHY chips and call control software are necessary for a complete single chip video conference or videophone solution, according to Cradle.
The complete H.264/MPEG-4 AVC solution, consisting of a G729AB audio codec, the Audio/Visual synchronization and the IP transport functions were implemented on the CT3400 chip from start to finish in less than 12 months. This is less than the time to do an ASIC solutions, according to Cradle. The complete software programmability allows for future design changes and enhancements while accelerating customers time-to-market for new H.264/MPEG-4 AVC applications.
“The H.264/MPEG-4 AVC standard achieves more than a 2X improvement in compressed bit-rate for similar quality as MPEG-2, “said Mark Herbert, vice-president of engineering at Cradle Technologies. “However, this requires up to a 4X increase in computational complexity bringing conventional VLIW DSPs to their knees.
The Cradle H.264/MPEG-4 AVC solution is capable of delivering high quality and low video data rates which will enable desktop video conferencing, high quality video phones and network IP surveillance cameras over LANs and the Internet. The 2X improvement in bit-rate allows surveillance companies to store more than twice as many frames in DVRs.
“The H.264/MPEG-4 AVC standard was only ratified in mid 2003 but is likely to replace MPEG-2 due to its ability to achieve high quality video over IP and to double video storage capacities, “said Arthur Chang, President & CEO of Cradle Technologies, “Our customers are demanding H.264/MPEG-4 AVC in a programmable solution, we have responded by delivering this flexible, fast time-to-market and high performance DSP solutions.”
Available now is the 30fps simultaneous encoder/decoder CIF resolution baseline profile H.264/MPEG-4 AVC IP package (RDS-H.264-C) including C reference code. The source code license is priced at $25,000. A D1 resolution encoder-only main profile version (RDS-H264-D) targeted for the surveillance market will be available in Q204.
Also available is the Hammerhead Audio/Video Development Kit including the H.264 video codec, G.729AB audio codec, the IP transport packet/stream management software, the software Ethernet MAC, all video/audio software for design interfaces, two RDS3400 development boards, two RDS300A Audio/Visual daughter boards and two seats of RDS-SDK development tools.
Only memory, PHY chips and call control software are necessary for a complete single chip video conference or videophone solution. The kit with complete source code is priced at $45,000 and is available now.
Call: (650) 210-3600
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