ViXS XCodePro Chipsets First to Support HEVC Processing Up to Ultra HD 4K Resolutions for Cloud-Based Content Distribution

ViXS only company with dedicated HEVC encoder, decoder and transcoder products in 2014 that deliver unparalleled power, density, and economics

LAS VEGAS — (BUSINESS WIRE) — January 7, 2014 — ViXS Systems Inc. (TSX: VXS) today announced that the XCodePro family of products, designed for cloud-based and traditional broadcast distributors of premium content, support processing MPEG2, Advanced Video Coding (AVC), and High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) up to 4K resolution, setting a new bar for density, quality and low power in broadcast infrastructure applications. The XCodePro 350 HEVC transcoder is sampling now with production available in Q1 of 2014, with additional XCodePro product launches planned across 2014 to create a full range of HEVC encoding and professional decoding solutions.

There was significant growth in delivery of cloud-based video and network DVR services over the last year, and many of the top content providers have announced Ultra HD 4K content for 2014. As consumers demand these advanced services in rapidly increasing numbers, deploying HEVC to save precious bandwidth is critical to the success of the content industry.

ViXS is leveraging its strong customer relationships to maintain its leadership position and stay ahead of market needs. XCodePro products are currently deployed in top tier operator networks including NBC/Universal, ABC News, ESPN, CNN, FOX, ASTRA/SES, Time Warner Cable, Cox Cable, Comcast, and Dish Network. XCodePro products address the following applications:

  • Traditional broadcast encoding and transcoding
  • Primary and secondary distribution
  • Adaptive Bit Rate Cloud streaming
  • Satellite, IPTV and Cable operator delivery
  • Electronic newsgathering
  • Premium video delivery in hospitality

Feedback from key infrastructure product partners highlights how ViXS is driving the industry forward:

“Our multiyear relationship with ViXS and their infrastructure products has enabled us to secure a number of key design wins. Their unique flexibility has enabled us to build both transcoder and decoder products. We look forward to introducing HEVC in upcoming products,” said Ian Lerner, President, Pico Digital.

“By leveraging ViXS’ solution, our transcoding products offer the optimal mix of density, quality and economics while providing a wide range of benefits to our global broadcast, communication service provider, government and enterprise customers,” said Brian Cabeceiras, Chief Strategy Officer of Harris Broadcast.

“The tremendous value offered by the ViXS’ XCode Pro products have allowed me to grow my business dramatically and win long term contracts with many customers including Comcast,” said LC Chang, President of Zycast.

“Mystic's customers have been very impressed with the performance and flexibility of the current Pro100 and Pro200 products. We are very excited to be working with ViXS to lead the deployment of professional broadcast distribution products with HEVC features of the Pro350,” said Rob Robinett, CEO of Mystic Video.

“The simultaneous transition to Ultra HD 4K and HEVC is truly an inflection point, and ViXS is excited to be the market leader in delivering solutions to the content industry,” said John Pomeroy, VP of Sales, Infrastructure and Networking, ViXS Systems Inc. “We have worked closely with our partners to ensure that products with the right features and economics are available to help the industry successfully navigate through this challenging period.”

ViXS is exhibiting from January 7th to 10th at booth MP25953 in South Hall 2 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. XCodePro demonstrations will include the following:

  • Complete End to End HEVC Broadcast Solution
  • HEVC Encoder Video Quality Demonstration
  • HEVC Codec Informational Demonstration
  • HEVC Transcoding Solution

About ViXS Systems Inc.

ViXS is the pioneer in designing and developing high-performance semiconductor solutions for media processing equipment for the cloud, distribution network, and consumer homes. With over 437 patents issued and pending worldwide, many industry awards for innovation, and a leader in advanced media processors with over 29 million shipments to date, ViXS has established a clear leadership position.

ViXS has a comprehensive portfolio of products to meet the diverse needs of the global media industry. The XCode line of system-on-chip (SoC) products enable device manufacturers to create set-tops and gateways that support advanced services while keeping costs and power consumption low. ViXS MoCA 1.1 and 2.0 solutions, whether stand-alone or integrated into the XCode SoC, create home networks capable of handling high-bandwidth video. The latest addition to the portfolio is encoding, decoding and transcoding of High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) streams, up to Main Profile 10. HEVC will reduce video bandwidth by 50%, allowing UltraHD 4k and 8k content to proliferate at an unprecedented pace.

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