VIDEO: Fujitsu launches SD multi-standard decoders supporting MPEG-2 and H.264 -

VIDEO: Fujitsu launches SD multi-standard decoders supporting MPEG-2 and H.264


Langen, Germany – Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe offers a new series of multi-standard decoders that support decoding of MPEG-2 and H.264 video compression formats for Standard Definition (SD) video. Designed for use in TV and set-top box (STB) equipment, the MB86H01 series is targeted at the SD digital broadcast markets in Russia, Eastern Europe and China.

The new series consists of two devices, the MB86H01 AA and MB86H01 AB, and supports the DVB broadcasting standard used in these regions, and features MPEG-2 and H.264 decoders integrated into single chips, with the functionality necessary for receiving SD broadcasts. Proprietary H.264 decoder technology provides low power consumption, while the availability of small packaging makes the decoders suited for use in portable equipment such as personal navigation devices (PND) with built-in TV receivers.

The DVB digital broadcasting standard is used in Europe, Russia and by some broadcast systems in China. For SD broadcasting, the MPEG-2 compression format is widely used, however it is expected that the next-generation compression format H.264 will ramp up in Eastern Europe including Russia. The H.264 format is also used in some cable TV services in China for interactive video-on-demand (VoD).

With the shift of SD broadcasting to the H.264 format in Russia, Eastern Europe, China, and elsewhere, TVs and STBs for these regions will need to be capable of decoding both MPEG-2 and H.264 formats. Fujitsu is offering its new MB86H01 series specifically to target such markets.

Fujitsu's new multi-standard decoders include the necessary functionality for TVs and STBs to process SD digital broadcasts, including two (dual) MPEG-2 decoders and one H.264 decoder. The dual MPEG-2 decoders enable the processing of two video streams that can be used in digital video recorders (DVR) with twin tuners. It also allows viewing of two programs at the same time with picture-in-picture, and is suited to DVRs with twin tuners.

The devices integrate into a single chip a 202.5MHz ARC Tangent-A4 CPU together with the necessary video and audio decode functions, and screen display functionality needed to receive digital broadcast. This enables easy system creation by customers.

Using proprietary H.264 decoder technology, the power consumption for the H.264 decoder is reduced to a low level. The MB86H01 series offers a 27 x 27mm package (PDGA 256-pin), as well as a small 10 x 10mm package (FBGA 240-pin) suited for use in portable or small form-factor devices. A high speed USB 2.0 OTG controller is also integrated, providing excellent connectivity to external devices, such as digital cameras.

The new devices have package and pin compatibility with the existing SmartMPEG-C series, as well as maintaining architectural compatibility. This enables existing SmartMPEG users to easily upgrade or develop their systems.

Samples of the MB86H01 AA (PBGA 256-pin) and MB86H01 AB (FBGA 240-pin) devices are available now.

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