Fujitsu Introduces New H.264 Transcoder, Based on Industry-Leading Video Compression Technology



    
    Video Compression from MPEG-2 to H.264 Extends Recording Time by a Factor
    of 2.5 for High-Volume Consumer Applications
    

    SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 28 /CNW/ -- Fujitsu Microelectronics America,
Inc. (FMA) today extended its family of high-performance H.264-compliant ICs,
announcing a new transcoder designed to compress full high definition (1920 x
1080) MPEG-2 video data to H.264 data for high-volume consumer applications.
    The new Fujitsu MB86H52 can compress MPEG-2 video data to less than half
its original size, enabling transmission of full HD video over narrow
bandwidths while maintaining high video quality. The combination of
capabilities makes the MB86H52 ideal for high-volume consumer products,
including hard disk recorders (where recording time can be lengthened by more
than 2.5 times), video recorders (PVRs) and set-top boxes (where the
compression technologies reduce video data sizes significantly, creating
longer recording times).
    The transcoder operates at an internal frequency of 216MHz, and
incorporates DDR2 memory, with a 324MHz interface. Power requirements are 2W,
with 1.2V typical during HD transcoding.
    The functionality of the new transcoder is based on video processing
technology developed for the MB86H51, an H.264 CODEC introduced by Fujitsu in
May 2007 (see related press release at
http://www.fujitsu.com/us/news/pr/fma_20070523.html). The MB86H52 incorporates
the full HD H.264 CODEC used in the MB86H51 for video encoding and decoding.
As with all the members of the product family, the MB86H52 uses proprietary
video compression algorithms developed by Fujitsu Laboratories to reduce the
processing burden while producing superior image quality. Fujitsu's system
memory technologies enable a compact system with low power consumption.
    H.264 is the most recent international standard for video compression,
jointly defined by the ITU-T (International Telecommunication Union,
Telecommunication Standardization Sector) and ISO/IEC (International
Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission).
    "The MB86H52 delivers an H.264 compression ratio that is 2.5 times the
ratio of MPEG-2, providing customers with significant savings in total hard
disk space," said Davy Yoshida, director of business development, Fujitsu
Microelectronics America. "For bandwidth-limited applications that require
transmission of high-definition video streams, the benefits of compressing
from MPEG-2 to H.264 are compelling. The new MB86H52 transcoder is ideal for
these applications."
    
    Pricing and Availability
    
    The new MB86H52 transcoder will be available in September. It is packaged
in a 496-pin PBGA, and sample pricing will start at $250 each.


    MB86H52 Basic Specifications

    
    Functions      Transcoding       Video   MPEG-2 HD --> H.264 HD/SD
                                             MPEG-2 SD --> H.264 SD
                                     Audio   Time stamp re-allocation
                   H.264 CODEC       Video   VBS <--> H.264 HD/SD
                                     Audio   ABS <--> MPEG-1 Audio Layer2,
etc.
    

    
    Video          Profile           MPEG-2 video main profile / high-level
                                      decoder
                                     H.264 high profile /Level 4.0 half-duplex
                                      CODEC
                   Resolution        1920x1080x60i/50i, 1440x1080x60i/50i,
                                      1280x720x60p/50p, 720x480x60i,
                                      720x576x50i
                   Interface         SMPTE274M/SMPTE296M-2001, ITU-R BT.656
    

    
    Audio          Formats           MPEG-1 Audio Layer2, MPEG2-AAC (LC
                                      profile), Linear PCM, Dolby(R)
                                      Digital(AC-3)
                   Channels          2ch
                   Interface         LR serial
    

    
    System         Format            MPEG2-TS CBR/VBR
                   Stream Interface  8-bit parallel or serial
    

    Host Interface                   General purpose 16-bit interface

    Input Clock Frequency            27MHz

    
    Operating Frequency              Internal: 216MHz / DDR2 memory interface:
                                      324MHz
    

    Power Consumption                2 Watt (typical 1.2V, at HD transcoding)

    
    Package                          PBGA 496 pin, 27 sq. mm,
                                      (1.0 mm ball pitch)
    

    Process Technology               90nm


    
    VBS: Video Baseband. Refers to uncompressed video data.
    ABS: Audio Baseband. Refers to uncompressed audio data.
    About Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.
    
    Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) leads the industry in
innovation. FMA provides high-quality, reliable semiconductor products and
services for the networking, communications, automotive, security and other
markets throughout North and South America. For more information please see
http://us.fujitsu.com/micro/h264 or please address e-mail to
inquiry@fma.fujitsu.com
    Click here to download high-resolution photos relevant to this press
release:

    
    High Resolution H.264 chip photo:
    http://www.fujitsu.com/downloads/MICRO/fma/imagelib/H264/hires/MB86H52.zip
    Medium Resolution H.264 product road map:
    http://www.fujitsu.com/downloads/MICRO/fma/imagelib/H264/medres/H264RM.zip
    
    All product and company names mentioned herein are trademarks or
registered trademarks of their respective owners. Other names and brands may
be claimed as the property of others. Information provided in this press
release is accurate at time of publication and is subject to change without
advanced notice.




For further information:

For further information: Emi Igarashi of Fujitsu Microelectronics
America,  Inc., +1-408-737-5647, eigarash@fma.fujitsu.com; or Dick Davies of 
Independent Public Relations, +1-415-652-7515, ipra@mindspring.com, for 
Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. Web Site: http://www.fma.fujitsu.com

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