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New Video Codec Chip Unveiled

Ambarella has announced the introduction of a new video codec chip to its product line.

The Ambarella AmbaCast 3000 processor is targeted for broadcast applications and can encode full 1080x1920 HD resolution at 60 frames per second. It more than doubles the processing power of its precursors and will enable broadcasters to increase picture quality at lower power consumption and with a reduced form factor, the company said.

The chip can accept uncompressed video at rates greater than 3 Gbps and produces H.264-compliant main and high-profile streams at bit rates as low as 4 Mbps in 720p and 1080i formats, and as low as 6 Mbps with 1080p video. It incorporates a spatio-dimensional three-dimensional noise filter with full-range motion compensation.

The AmbaCast 3000 processor has been selected by Harmonic, a technology supplier to cable, satellite, telecom and terrestrial operators, to be incorporated in the company’s next-generation H.264 encoder product.

“We are excited to introduce the industry’s first single-chip HD 1080p60 video Codec solution,” said Didier LeGall, Ambarella’s executive vice president. “The adoption of our solution by Harmonic, a top-tier equipment provider to the broadcast equipment market validates the technological and innovative solutions from Ambarella.”

The new device can also function as a decoder. Ambarella is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., and has offices in Taiwan, Korea and Japan.