System-On-Chip (SOC) Technologies has recently released the SOC-Mcodec chipset family, which are FPGA based ASICs that meet the demand of product developers who require video/audio codecs in ASIC format.
The use-cases for the SOC-Mcodec chips are the same as for traditional ASICs, where the input and output pins are specified, taking the advantages of FPGA silicon manufacturing technology, such as 10nm chip production class, along with the high-performance codec IP cores, the SOC FPGA-based ASICs provide significantly superior performance than traditional ASIC codecs. Additionally, the SOC–Mcodec ASICs can be customized according to customer requirements, and are also upgradable.
System-On-Chip (SOC) Technologies releases its 4K H.264 Encoder and Decoder IP Cores for Xilinx 7 series FPGAs: Artix-7, Kintex-7, Virtex-7, and Zynq-7.
The 4K H.264 Encoder IP Core can run on these FPGAs:
|Encoding Resolution & Frame Rate||FPGA|
|4K (3840 x 2160) at 30fps||Artix-7 A200T|
|4K (3840 x 2160) at 60fps||Kintex-7 K325 and bigger|
The decoder IP core can decode 4K 60fps streams on Artix-7 A200T.
Multi-channel 4K encoders and decoders are also available for FPGAs larger than the Kintex-7 K325.
SOC also offers all-in-one 4K CODEC Modules. The SOC MCM-1000A module can encode 4K at 30 fps. Two MCM-1000A modules can be combined to encode 4K at 60fps.
SOC provides an evaluation kit that uses 4 x 3G-SDI ports for 4K video input or 4 x 3G-SDI ports for 4K output, Fig. 2. This connection format has already been adopted by SOC customers in their products.
SOC is showing 3 new products at IBC'15:
Visit booth #2.A41 to see demos running on Xilinx FPGAs, including Spartan-6, Artix-7, and Kintex-7.
"SOC Technologies' CODEC technology combined with Xilinx All-Programmable Silicon and Zynq devices provide a software-based solution that optimizes flexibility, low-power, and cost-per-channel." said Ramesh Iyer, Director of Broadcast and Professional Audio/Video at Xilinx, "This is critical to the broadcast and video streaming markets since the amount of video to be processed continues to rise while power and thermal requirements continue to decrease."
SOC will be showcasing its 4K H.264 technology via a real-time demo. 4K is expected to be the next step for consumer multimedia, with customers demanding higher resolutions, crisp quality and high framerates delivered over crowded network channels.
SOC 4K encoders achieve a latency of under 0.5 ms using its proprietary single-clock driven, all-hardware architecture. Together with low power-consumption, SOC's 4K encoders are the most efficient solutions for 4K video compression today.