Renesas Electronics Develops and Supplies Multi-Format Video Codec Hardware IP That Supports Low-Delay Processing

  Renesas Electronics Develops and Supplies Multi-Format Video Codec Hardware
  IP That Supports Low-Delay Processing

New Product Achieves a Processing Delay of 1 ms Minimum, Making it Appropriate
   for Real-Time Video Transmission for Automotive, Mobile, and Industrial
                                  Equipment

Business Wire

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- March 7, 2013

Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced
semiconductor solutions, has developed and will start supply of a multi-format
video codec hardware IP product that supports low-delay processing for
automotive information terminals that support High Definition Television
(HDTV), mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, and industrial
equipment.

This new hardware IP features a minimum processing delay of 1 ms, support for
encoding functions for VP8^TM video codecs, and HD (1920 × 1080) 60 fps
(1080p60) performance.

In addition, this new hardware IP implements the same level of hardware scale,
low power, and features such as support for 128-bit high-bandwidth data buses
and support for the video formats used in the Android™ mobile technology
platform, as the IP included in existing Renesas system ICs for mobile
applications. Since these features allow the video encoding and decoding
adopted by many applications to be performed in a single hardware unit, this
IP can provide a superlative cost performance for applications.

Due to the increasingly high performance of mobile equipment such as
automotive information terminals, smartphones, and tablets, there are
increasing demands for this equipment to transmit not only recordings of
earlier video content, but increasingly complex video content as well. One
means of implementing this is peer-to-peer video, which entails the
compression and decompression of video signals. Thus, with respect to the
video codec technology that performs that compression and decompression, there
are now strong needs for implementation not only of extensions to earlier
video compression standards but also of extremely low processing delay, in
addition to demands for higher performance and lower power.

To respond to these needs, Renesas Electronics has developed and is now
releasing as a commercial hardware IP that implements the low-delay processing
appropriate for real-time video transmission.

Key Features of the New Hardware IP:

(1) Achieves a 1 ms minimum processing delay

This hardware IP achieves codec processing in which the delay from the start
of data input to the start of the corresponding output has a minimum of 1 ms.
This enables the development of systems that require that compressed video
data be transmitted with low delay, such as wireless video transmission
systems or high-quality video conferencing systems.

(2) Strengthened support for video compression standards

In addition to the earlier H.264 AVC, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 compression
standards, a VP8 encoding function has been newly added to this hardware IP to
strengthen support for internet content. The IP also supports full HD stereo
3D content with the H.264 MVC standard. The decoding functions support the
same standards as earlier Renesas hardware IP, allowing the playback of a wide
range of content types.

(3) Performance improved to twice that of earlier Renesas products while
maintaining the same hardware scale and power consumption

This new hardware IP achieves twice the encoding/decoding performance of the
earlier Renesas products, namely full HD video at 60 fps (1080p60), with the
same hardware scale and power consumption as the earlier hardware IP.
Applications that require simultaneous encoding/decoding of multiple video
streams, such as compressed transcoding or video chat, can be easily
implemented with a single hardware IP.

With these features and capabilities set, the new hardware IP is well
positioned to support automotive, mobile, and industrial equipment. Renesas
also plans to release middleware products that conform to the OpenMAX™ IL that
operates on general-purpose operating systems such as Linux®, Android, and
Windows® Embedded Automotive. Furthermore, in addition to improving
performance with higher resolutions and higher bit rates and expanding support
for video compression standards such as the high-efficiency video coding
(HEVC) next-generation standard, Renesas will continue to respond to market
needs in a timely fashion by developing IP optimal for real-time video
transmission.

Availability

Samples of the new hardware IP on the System on Chip (SoC) of Renesas’ R-Car
Series and R-Mobile Series are available from April 2013 (Availability is
subject to change without notice.)

(Remarks)
VP8 and Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Linux is a registered trademark
of Linus Torvalds in the United States and/or other countries. Windows is a
registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other
countries. OpenMAX is trademark of the Khronos Group Inc. All other product
names and service names that appear in this press release are all trademarks
or registered trademarks of their respective owners

About Renesas Electronics Corporation

Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), the world’s number one supplier
of microcontrollers, is a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions
including microcontrollers, SoC solutions and a broad-range of analog and
power devices. Business operations began as Renesas Electronics in April 2010
through the integration of NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723) and Renesas
Technology Corp., with operations spanning research, development, design and
manufacturing for a wide range of applications. Headquartered in Japan,
Renesas Electronics has subsidiaries in 20 countries worldwide. More
information can be found at www.renesas.com.

Contact:

Voce Communications, a Porter Novelli Company
Jessica Kerr, 415-975-2213 (Media)
Jessica.Kerr@PorterNovelli.com
 
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