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Socionext samples latest video encoder IC

07 Apr 2015

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Socionext Inc. started sampling what it touts as the world's first HEVC/H.265-compatible encoder IC, along with an evaluation board and the software development kit for drivers and applications. The MB86M31 is capable of real-time encoding of 4K/60p video with the latest video compression technology, stated the company.

HEVC achieves the transmission of realistic 4K video at half the cost of the preceding AVC/H.264 technology without a loss of quality. This format is being adopted rapidly worldwide, as 4K video is becoming more and more popular. Real-time encoding of 4K video used to require parallel processing using multiple CPUs. The device can perform the real-time encoding with a single chip, enabling dramatic reduction in size and power consumption of the equipment, with only 1/20 the volume and 1/50 the power of multiprocessor system, for a total of 1,000x performance enhancement.

MB86M31

The MB86M31 incorporates the HEVC encoder core co-developed with Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd and achieves world-class high data compression while maintaining the image quality, the company noted. It enables the transmission of 4K high quality, high definition video through live broadcast or network distribution, with using about half the bandwidth as compared with the conventional H.264. It is also compatible with YUV 4:2:2 10bit encoding, which is essential for professional use.

Socionext also offers 4K HEVC real-time decoder SoC solutions as well as encoders, and supports total video solutions for a range of applications such as broadcasting, medicals, surveillance, digital signage and others.

Mainly targeted at high-end equipment for professional use, Socionext plans to start volume production of the MB86M31 in August 2015. The device comes in FCBGA-1764 35mm x 35mm package.

MB86M31-EVB Evaluation Board

MB86M31-EVB Evaluation Board




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