SAN FRANCISCO LSI Logic Corp. Monday (Oct. 9) unveiled the company's next-generation, multi-core transcoding media processor architecture, said to offer flexibility and scalability to address both high-performance professional codec solutions and cost-sensitive consumer electronics products.
According to LSI Logic (Milpitas, Calif.), the new Domino[X] architecture is optimized for multi-format encoding, decoding and transcoding of digital video, enabling content to be converted and reformatted for viewing on a range of productsfrom mobile to HDTV.
Domino[X] is LSI Logic's answer to the wide range of existing video formats and need for interoperability between them. It is capable of encoding, decoding and transcoding next-generation formats such as H.264 and VC-1, while maintaining support for existing formats such as MPEG-4, MPEG-2, MPEG-1 and DV, according to the company.
"With Domino[X], we cover the range from HD to portable formats, including advanced codecs like H.264 and legacy formats," said Neil Bullock, senior strategic product manager for LSI Logic's consumer products group.
According to LSI Logic, Domino[X] is capable of processing multiple streams of digital video, including dual high-definition (HD) video; dual standard definition (SD) encode and decode; HD and SD decode; and HD to HD transcode.
Transcoding between H.264 HD and MPEG-2 HD is particularly important to bridge legacy and next-generation digital video equipment, according to the company.
Domino[X] utilizes a hybrid hardware/software approach intended to ensure maximum flexibility. The architecture supports a content security function, called transcrypting, to enable content sharing while maintaining content owner rights, something of increasing importance in today's digital rights management-focus world.
"Our approach is pretty pragmatic," Bullock said. "We believe the things you do often and are hard, you should do in hardware. The things that you do less often and need flexibility, you should do them in software."
Domino[X] architecture is an extension of LSI Logic's popular Domino architecture, which has been around for several years. Products based on the Domino architecture will be complementary to the Domino[X] family of products, LSI Logic said.
According to Bullock, the similarities between Domino and Domino[X] will help customers by enabling them to leverage their experience with the Domino architecture.
LSI Logic plans to detail the new Domino[X] architecture Wednesday at the InStat Microprocessor Forum in San Jose, Calif.