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H.264 transcoders tout 1.2W power consumption

Posted: 14 Jun 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:transcoder  H.264  MPEG-2 

Fujitsu Semiconductor America (FSA) unveils a series of second-generation, bi-directional, single-chip H.264/MPEG-2 transcoders with integrated memory that support full HD video (1920 x 1080) and audio data conversion.

The MB86M01, MB86M02, and MB86M03 devices combine Fujitsu's low power consumption technology with a proprietary algorithm developed by Fujitsu Laboratories that enables higher image quality while reducing the processing burden. Even with integrated memory, Fujitsu's proprietary transcoding technology delivers industry-leading low-power consumption of just 1.2W, according to the company. The MB86M01/M02/M03 series provides audio transcoding and the security functions necessary to protect digital broadcast content—along with integrated memory and a connection interface—all in one package. Engineering samples of the MB86M01/M02/M03 series transcoders are available now.

To meet the audio and video specifications of the user's playback equipment, the MB86M01/M02/M03 series offers robust bidirectional H.264/MPEG transcoding and transrating features. The transrating function enables the conversion of H.264 video data into H.264 formats of various video resolutions and bit-rates. The devices also support the transcoding of audio data for multiple formats. This flexibility of format, resolution and bit-rates makes the devices suitable for use in products worldwide, including Japan and the United States (where MPEG-2 is used for broadcasting) and Europe, South America, and Asia (where H.264 is used), said the company.

Fujitsu's proprietary transcoding technology delivers industry-leading levels of low power consumption and integrates 1GBit of Fast Cycle RAM (FCRAM). The built-in memory technologies and miniaturisation process technologies hold power consumption to just 1.2W when using the H.264 transrating function in full HD. Connecting two tuner modules to two-tuner input terminals enables simultaneous control of a programme as it is being viewed and another programme as it is being recorded. The MB86M01/M02/M03 series also reduces the delay time required during transcoding, which speeds distribution over a network. This represents a significant improvement over the first-generation products.

The MB86M01 is available in FBGA-490, 13mm2 (ball pitch 0.5mm) packages, while the MB86M03 comes in FBGA-289, 13mm2 (ball pitch 0.65mm) packages. These compact packages are said to be ideal for mobile products such as tablets, laptops and accessories for smartphones and tablet PCs. The MB86M02 is available with a 21mm2 FBGA-490 package better suited for home-electronics equipment including TVs, DVRs/PVRs and other home digital-recording devices.

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