H.264 4K Video Encoder IP Core
(H.264 4K Video/Audio Encoder IP Core)

SOC provides an H.264 4K encoder IP Core for Xilinx and Intel FPGAs. The encoder supports up to 4K (3840×2160) resolution at 60fps. Parameters are configurable at run-time through a user APIs.

Slim Version Available

An intra-only and inter-frame slim versions of the core are available. The intra-only version uses about 1/3 of the logic resources, at the cost of producing about twice the bit rate of the standard version. The inter-frame slim version uses ~1/2 of the full-core resources, allowing it to fit on lower-end devices, or extremely resource-constrained systems. The slim version is perfect for applications with high network bandwidth, where higher bitrates are acceptable. The output bit rate of the slim version is about 20% higher than the standard version.


StandardH.264/AVC (ISO/IEC14496-10)
ProfileUp to High Profile
Bit Rates20-400 Mbps
Video ResolutionsUp to 4K (3840 × 2160)
Frame RatesUp to 60fps
  • 4:2:2
  • 4:2:0
Bit Depth
  • 8-bit
  • 10-bit
Input Formats
  • H.264 Elementary stream
  • Transport stream
Output Formats
  • RGB
  • YUV
  • YCrCb
Latency0.5 ms
Power Consumption1300 mW (core only)
FPGA Resources
Block RAMs12,700 kbits
Example FPGAsArtix-7, Kintex-7
Block RAMs7,000 kbits
Example FPGAStratix-V, Arria-10

Product Table

EC-VA-H264-8b-30-4K-IPVideo+Audio8 bits per pixelup to 30fps
EC-V-H264-8b-30-4K-IPVideo Only8 bits per pixelup to 30fps
EC-VA-H264-10b-30-4K-IPVideo+AudioUp to 10 bits per pixelup to 30fps
EC-V-H264-10b-30-4K-IPVideo OnlyUp to 10 bits per pixelup to 30fps
EC-VA-H264-8b-60-4K-IPVideo+Audio8 bits per pixelup to 60fps
EC-V-H264-8b-60-4K-IPVideo Only8 bits per pixelup to 60fps
EC-VA-H264-10b-60-4K-IPVideo+AudioUp to 10 bits per pixelup to 60fps
EC-V-H264-10b-60-4K-IPVideo OnlyUp to 10 bits per pixelup to 60fps


  1. IP Core as targeted FPGA Netlist
  2. Core instantiation reference design
  3. Documentation

Product Evaluation Kits

The H.264 4K Video Encoder IP Core can be evaluated on SOC'sDevelopment Boards.The boards can also be used for product development, having the ports and extensions necessary for most video-based applications. SOC provides and licenses reference designs and board files if needed.

Begin the evaluation process by any of these methods:

Customer Support

  • Telephone/email support.
  • IP Core updates/maintenance subscription.