ARM Holdings has linked with MPEG4 wireless video expert Packet Video to add hardware and software blocks to its processors that will accelerate the encoding of MPEG4 video.
Alan Lewis, ARM's product manager for digital video, says the technology, called Move, is aimed at 3G and GPRS phones and personal digital assistants where Packet Video is the leading application supplier, and at games consoles and digital cameras.
ARM is working with a third-party application developer on the technology, although most users will be existing licensees and system developers.
The first block is a co-processor that halves the encoding time of MEPG4 video that has to be integrated into a processor design. It is also available as a software block for systems that do not have the co-processor. The programming interface is the same, so applications can run on plain or video-enhanced ARM chips.
Another block, due to be ready by the end of the year, is a codec that can handle coding and decoding at the same time for videophone applications.