Aspex debuts cross-platform video encoder

At IBC (stand 7.901) Aspex Semiconductor, a UK-based company, is showing its Accelera Advanced Video Encoder, a multi-format HD video compression accelerator to support the MPEG-2, H.264 and VC-1 HD video compression standards currently in use.

The company said its Advanced Video Encoder framework speeds up the time-consuming task of HD video compression inside desktop video applications from Adobe Systems, Sorenson Media, Microsoft, Digital Rapids and others.

The flexible nature of the AVE framework enables customers to run MPEG-2, H.264, VC-1 or other encoders on the same platform, providing a future proof, multi-codec acceleration solution. The platform is format and resolution independent, providing high-quality, low bit-rate encoding.

The AVE framework includes Aspex's new accelerated HD H.264 encoding solution, which, according to the company, accelerates the performance of PC-based software AVC SD and HD video encoding for IPTV, HD-DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, corporate, streaming and broadcast applications. These solutions can be combined with third-party video I/O cards.

The framework is available now on the Aspex Accelera 3000 platform and will be available on the newly launched Accelera 5000 platform early next year.

Aspex said its AVE solution made use of ultra-high performance “Extreme Processors” that include more than 16,000 processing elements on a single PC plug-in card. This results in real-time PC video compression performance, even in the HD domain.

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