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H.264 chip transmits HD video over narrow bandwidths

Sunnyvale, Calif.—Fujitsu Microelectronics America Inc. (FMA) has expanded its family of H.264-compliant ICs with a transcoder capable of compressing full high definition (1920 x 1080) MPEG-2 video data to H.264 data for high-volume consumer applications.

The MB86H52 can compress MPEG-2 video data to less than half its original size, enabling full HD video transmission over narrow bandwidths.

High-volume consumer applications include hard disk recorders, video recorders (PVRs) and set-top boxes. The transcoder operates at an internal frequency of 216-MHz, and incorporates DDR2 memory, with a 324-MHz interface. Power requirements are 2-W, with 1.2-V typical during HD transcoding.

The transcoder functions are based on video processing technology developed for the MB86H51, an H.264 codec introduced by Fujitsu in May 2007. For more information, click here.

Pricing: Samples will start at $250 each.
Availability: September 2007.
Datasheet: click here.

Fujitsu Microelectronics America Inc., 1-408 737-5600, www.fujitsu.com

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