Fujitsu releases new Full HD H.264/MPEG-2 Transcoder ICs
Fujitsu Microelectronics Asia Pte Ltd (FMAL) today announced 2 new transcoder ICs that can convert between Full HD (1920 dots x 1080 lines) MPEG-2 video data and H.264 video data, as well as transcoding between audio formats while featuring a low power consumption of only 1.0Watt(W) including the in-package memory.
These new ICs are targeted to support the growing number of electronic equipment that can record digital broadcasts. By employing Fujitsu’s proprietary transcode technology, Fujitsu Microelectronics realized industry-leading low power consumption. Combined with the small form-factor packaging, these ICs can be used not only for non-mobile fixed electronic equipment – such as digital video recorders (DVRs) – but also in such mobile products such as notebook PCs. In addition to the transcode function, security functions are included on a single chip to make it easy for customers to create their systems.
Sample shipment of the new transcoder ICs, the MB86H57 and MB86H58, will begin from late July, 2009.
Digital TV broadcasts – including HD – are increasing worldwide, while demand for HD video recorders is also increasing. As many broadcasts still use MPEG-2 format, many such HD video recorders have a transcode function to convert the MPEG-2 data to the higher compression H.264 format, so that more data can be recorded onto certain media (hard-disk, DVD disc) and thus offer longer recording times. At the same time, there are increasing needs to record digital broadcasts on mobile products such as notebook PCs, as well as the increasing demands to create electronic appliances that use less energy. To meet these demands for low power consumption and small form-factors, Fujitsu Microelectronics developed these two transcoder ICs.
These new transcoder products use Fujitsu Microelectronics’ low power consumption technologies that have been used in its previously announced H.264 Full HD CODEC ICs, including utilizing proprietary video algorithms developed by Fujitsu Laboratories that maintain high video quality while reducing the processing load. Thus, when transcoding, an industry-leading low power consumption of 1.0W – including the power consumption of the in-package memory – was realized.
These transcoders also include audio transcode functionality, security functions for digital rights management of content, and a demodulator interface all integrated on one chip as well as in-package memory. The MB86H57 trancoder has a small 15mm x 15mm package ideal for adding video recording capability to compact electronic equipment. Therefore, these ICs can be used not only in non-mobile fixed electronic equipment, but they also enable expansion of the new recording functionality to such mobile products such as notebook PCs.
Leveraging Fujitsu’s highly regarded expertise in image and video processing-related technologies and products, Fujitsu Microelectronics will continue to strengthen its video processing ICs for the recorder and set-top-box markets, focusing on video-processing ASSPs.
1. Industry-leading low power consumption and small form-factor
Utilizing Fujitsu Microelectronics’ proprietary transcode technologies, a Full HD H.264/MPEG-2 transcoder with industry-leading low power consumption was realized. In addition, utilizing one 512M bit memory (FCRAM *3) in-package, as well as the usage of 65nm process technology, the power consumption during Full HD transcoding, is kept down to 1.0W, including the in-package memory power consumption. Also, it is provided in a small form-factor, 15mm x 15mm package, so it can be used not only in fixed electronic equipment, but also in such mobile products such as notebook PCs.
2. 1-chip integration of necessary functions for recording digital broadcasts
In addition to the transcode and encode functions, security functions, and demodulator interface are all integrated on one chip, thus providing the necessary functions for creating systems for recording digital broadcasts and thereby making it easy for customers to create their systems.
3. H.264/MPEG-2 bi-directional transcoder functionality
In addition to transcoding from MPEG-2 to H.264, as did the previous MB86H52 product, these new ICs also transcode from H.264 to SD MPEG-2, thus being able to handle the various formats likely encountered during use. Furthermore, with audio transcoding included, the high quality audio needs of discerning customers can be met.
4. Abundant interfaces to connect peripheral ICs
Both products contain many interfaces for improved connectivity. As a host interface to connect to an external CPU, there is a 16 bit parallel interface and a TS interface as the video stream interface. In addition, there is a serial interface, PCI, PCI Express, and USB interface integrated. Connection to external ROM is also possible, thus realizing high-speed boot for products that feature this IC.