Broadcast International (BI) last week announced a new license agreement with IBM that covers BI’s CodecSys video compression software running on IBM’s Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/B.E.) multicore processor and the IBM BladeCenter QS21 server.
According to the companies, the combined technologies will make it possible for cable, satellite or IPTV providers to deliver live HDTV at compression levels four to six times higher than is currently possible.
CodecSys, bundled with BladeCenter QS21, will be targeted at clients seeking digital content distribution infrastructure solutions, such as video backhaul. The key building blocks of this solution, the multiple codecs running on Cell/B.E., will also be made available through licensing to IBM business partners, such as OEM equipment manufacturers to integrate with their traditional encoding solutions.