Ateme has launched its H.264 decoder for embedded platforms, which follows the PC version. The encoder/decoder Codec H.264 extends the company's range of multimedia and broadcasting products. Ateme has a 13-year track record in the field of video and audio compression algorithms, including MPEG-4 Simple Profile and Advanced Simple Profile, MPEG-2, JPEG, etc.
The version of the H.264 decoder for personal computers has been available since June 2004. The launch of the H.264 decoder for embedded platforms is an important step for the company, which has proven expertise in its field. The decoder can be included in the Thunder reference design for multimedia entertainment and an embedded H.264 Full D1 real-time encoder will be ready in the third quarter of 2005. This will extend the present Kompressor AMK4x0 range, which performs real-time Full D1 MPEG-4 ASP (Advanced Simple Profile) encoding.
The H.264 decoder is available in Baseline Profile and Main Profile versions. It can run on a single Texas Instruments (TI) TMS320DM642 digital media processor at 600 MHz and complies fully with ISO Standard 14496-part 10 (MPEG-4 AVC – Advanced Video Coding). It is available for TI's TMS320C64x range of DSPs, including the DM642.
Parts of the encoder (such as the CABAC) are already available in VHDL. Ateme is also continuing the development of FPGA hardware accelerators. Besides, the company is about to produce a new, more advanced version of its H.264 encoder for PCs. This very high-quality encoder is a core component of the technology needed for new video server requirements. It is designed to meet the demands of the broadcast/broadband market and can encode resolutions up to HD.
H.264 is the new video compression standard that will soon be dominant in the video sector. Its strong points are improved compression and better image quality.
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