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Texas Instruments previews H.265 codec on eight-core Keystone DSP

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Tue Apr 09 2013, 17:45
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CHIPMAKER Texas Instruments has implemented the H.265 video codec on its multi-core Keystone digital signal processor (DSP).

Texas Instruments has moved away from its all-ARM based OMAP chips to focus on its multi-core Keystone chips that have both ARM and DSP cores. Now the firm has announced the availability of its pre-production codec that can run on an eight-core 1.25GHz Keystone DSP.

As Texas Instruments is selling a signal processor chip that will be implemented by customers into their own products, the firm went to great lengths to claim that its H.265 software codec allows firms the ability to add their own unique pre and post processing editing effects. The firm touted the benefits of the H.265 video standard, especially when it comes to working on 2K and 4K video resolutions.

Texas Instruments' Keystone chips will be appearing in HP's Moonshot servers later this year and will be a particularly attractive option for firms that do transcoding. The chipmaker is banking on its DSP expertise to help it sell chips, which also have more common ARM cores, and may find it popular with hosting companies as video streaming continues to gain popularity.

A number of Texas Instruments' chips support multiple codecs, with the firm touting its C6678 chip being able to run H.264, H.263, MPEG4, MPEG2, JPEG, JPEG2000, AVC Intra, VC1 and Soren Spark codecs along with the firm's upcoming H.265 codec.

Texas Instruments said customers can request to sample the pre-production H.265 codec but didn't say when the final production version of the codec will appear. µ

 

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