The 1080p60-Capable LSI DX-1810 Platform Enables Real-Time HD H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-2 Audio-Video Encoding
"Satellite TV, cable TV and IPTV service providers want high quality encoding solutions that can be upgraded as compression algorithms improve and as new compression formats are introduced," said Michelle Abraham, senior analyst, In-Stat. "The scalability and programmability of solutions such as the LSI DX-1810 encoding platform give the performance, quality and flexibility required by this class of sophisticated customers."
With the advent of display and digital TV technologies supporting full HD video, content providers, service operators and system manufacturers are exploring ways to deliver premium content to consumers. The DX-1810 platform achieves the performance required for high quality 1080p60 encoding at the lowest possible bit-rate by leveraging the scalability of the programmable LSI Domino[X] media processor architecture. Using interconnected media processors with special high-speed interfaces, the DX-1810 platform can be scaled to perform at 3500 billion operations per second (BOPS) or 3.5 tera operations per second (TOPS) for audio-video processing and 12 BOPS for high-level image analysis, statistical multiplexing and system level operations. The scalability of the LSI solution allows additional media processors to be added for HD level pre-processing such as motion compensated temporal filtering (MCTF) to improve video quality or to create dual- or triple-pass HD encoders for bandwidth constrained multi-channel broadcast applications.
"With VC-1 growing in popularity among content providers for high- definition delivery, the fact that LSI is now offering real-time HD encoding for VC-1 is an important development for the industry," said Tim Harader, senior business development manager of Consumer Media Technology at Microsoft Corp. "VC-1, through Windows Media Video, continues to be the dominant video format for Internet and enterprise delivery, as well as for popular services such as the Xbox Live Marketplace and leading optical formats such as HD DVD."
"We understand our customers' challenges in the broadcast space and we are pleased to provide a family of products that address their immediate as well as future needs," said Bob Saffari, senior director of marketing, Advanced Video Products, LSI Corporation. "Unlike point solutions that only support a single standard with limited capabilities, the LSI DX-1810 scalable HD encoding platform is programmable, flexible and has the high performance our customers need to deliver best-in-class H.264, MPEG-2 and VC-1 solutions. With approximately 3.5 TOPS of processing power, our customers can develop and customize sophisticated algorithms to give them a competitive advantage."
To ensure this high level of performance does not become outdated, the LSI DX-1810 has a programmable architecture with common APIs. This feature makes it easy to upgrade the encoding quality and reduce the output bit-rate as improvements are made to the H.264, MPEG-2 and VC-1 encoding algorithms or to support new compression formats as they become available. Reducing development risk and system-level costs, the LSI DX-1810 is backwards compatible with other LSI encoding solutions, allowing re-use of previously developed software.
LSI will be demonstrating its pioneering video compression technology and solutions at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, April 16-19 in Las Vegas, at booth #SU13517.
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