BANGALORE, India Ittiam Systems has developed a video decoder engine for high-definition DVD and set-top ASIC solutions. The Trinity multiformat high-definition video decoder (MFVDEC) soft IP core is said to enable efficient silicon implementations that maximize the number of functions available per die size. A test chip to demonstrate the technology will be available in a few months.
Tape-outs based on the Ittiam intellectual property are expected next year, with boxes based on the IP appearing in 2008, according to the company. The MFVDEC core employs microengines to handle complex functions such as context-adaptive binary arithmetic coding (Cabac), motion compensation, motion vector prediction and deblocking for H.264 and Video Codec 1 ( VC1, the SMPTE video standard based on Microsoft's Windows Media codec). It also capable of decoding MPEG-4 video and legacy MPEG-2 content. Modular clock gating reduces power consumption, according to Ittiam.
The MFVDEC core is available as soft IP in Verilog with complete documentation, associated synthesis scripts and a testbench framework. Ittiam provides an FPGA-based validation platform for the IP. The Verilog code is validated using a Synopsys tool kit.
"The high-definition video market is set to explode over the next three years," said Will Strauss, president of market research firm Forward Concepts. "I believe Ittiam's multiformat video decode engine will enable system-on-chip companies to introduce integrated devices for high-definition DVD players, set-top boxes and televisions."
Ittiam said it is in licensing talks now with potential MFVDEC customers. The company also said it is building error resilience, rights management, TD demux stream support and postprocessing functions for the IP.