H.264 video encoder IP gains medical traction in Japan - Embedded.com

H.264 video encoder IP gains medical traction in Japan

A major Japanese medical equipment manufacturer has signed a license agreement with Jointwave (Fremont, Calif.) to supply H.264 encoders and relevant IP cores for its product development.

The deal was facilitated by Spinnaker Systems Inc. (Kanagawa, Japan), a semiconductor intellectual properties (SIP) distributor which distributes Jointwave's entire line of IP cores and evaluation kits, as well as provides consultation and support to Japanese customers.

The Jointwave H.264 encoder IP core enables medical equipment migrations from older MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MJPEG and JPEG2000 technologies to H.264.

The company's H.264 encoder IP core supports full HD video (1080p) on a single, low-cost FPGA device, such as Altera Cyclone-III or Xilinx Spartan-6, and can be in implemented on 230nm processes for ASIC. It uses a small amount of memory and has low-memory bandwidth. A precise bit rate control function is built-in and works without external CPU or DSP intervention. All of this makes for a low chip count and a reliable solution. Its low latency is ideal for real-time and interactive applications.

Jointwave's codec works well with pattern recognition and video analytics technologies because of its high-objective video quality. Jointwave's highly efficient CABAC and CAVLC entropy engines support throughput up to hundreds of megabits per second (Mbps), which is very useful for applications that require visually lossless video.

The H.264 implementation is targeted at automotive, avionics, IP surveillance, medical equipment, mobile device, news and broadcast contribution, video conferencing and consumer electronics.

Jointwave also supplies multiplexer, audio codec and other IP cores.

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