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Renesas announces low latency VP8 hardware encoder

Touts Android support
Thu Mar 07 2013, 15:54

SILICON VENDOR Renesas has announced that it has designed a circuit that can encode multiple video codecs at HD 1080p resolution with 1ms delay.

Renesas said it has developed a circuit design that supports low-latency video encoding that can be used in smartphones, tablets and cars. The firm said the design, which so far lacks a snazzy branding name, supports encoding functions for VP8-based codecs and resolutions up to HD 1080p while having a minimum processing latency of 1ms.

The chip designer said the chip is specifically designed for devices that run Google's Android operating system and supports 128-bit data buses. Renesas isn't pitching the design as a separate chip but rather something that can be integrated into existing chips, saving PCB space and cutting out the cost of a separate chip to handle video encoding.

Renesas also touted the chip as a way to encode video before sending it to other devices or the cloud, reducing wireless data transmission costs. The firm's claim that the design can real-time encode video in VP8 is particularly handy for those that would like to broadcast video from one device to another without uploading it to cloud-based services such as Youtube.

While Renesas pointed to Android devices through the support of VP8, the firm said it intends to release middleware that will run on general-purpose Linux distributions and Windows Embedded automotive systems. The firm's support for Android suggests that it is hoping to win business in the high volume consumer electronics market.

Renesas said samples will be available from next month. µ


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