Unique and innovative architecture enables high-performance,
cost-effective media devices that satisfy consumer demand for
superlative quality and painless portability
TORONTO, Sept. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - ViXS Systems Inc. (TSX: VXS), a pioneer
and leader in media processing silicon solutions, today announces its
most advanced SoC solution for video devices in the pay television and
consumer electronics markets, the XCode 6400. Supporting the latest
video codecs and broadcasting resolution standards with ample
processing power to handle today's software-intensive networking,
display and streaming services, the XCode 6400 enables manufacturers
around the world to design innovative consumer devices to push the
boundaries of performance with sleek form factor and ultra-low power
consumption. These devices can take advantage of the next wave in
bandwidth reduction by using HEVC while significantly increasing
display resolution using Ultra HD 4K.
A key feature of the XCode 6400 is native support for decoding HEVC
(H.265). HEVC allows the transmission of HD content using only half
the bandwidth of today's AVC (H.264) video streams, and just a quarter
of the bandwidth of MPEG-2, with no degradation in video quality. This
significant savings in bandwidth is critical for all categories of
content distributors, especially with Ultra HD format deployment.
The XCode 6400 has advanced support for Ultra HD 4K resolutions by
incorporating the new 10-bit ITU Rec.2020 4Kx2K UHDTV color space
specification and the new HEVC main 10 profile (M10P) requirements
specifically developed for 4K broadcast and display. The SoC can
decode over 60 frames per second (fps) and display HEVC UHDTV 4K
broadcasting content at full resolution of 3840x2160@60fps in M10P.
At the heart of XCode 6400 is a unique and innovative media processing
XCODE architecture that ViXS has been developing and deploying for over
a decade. The media-processing core offloads real-time functions such
as transcoding, video streaming, audio processing and content place
shifting, resulting in a more cost effective, memory bandwidth
efficient and energy saving silicon solution when compared to other
architectures relying on central processing unit (CPU), digital signal
processing (DSP) or graphics processor unit (GPU).
Complementing the media processing engine is a robust dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A9 MPCore™ as the main applications processor, delivering 7,000
DMIPS performance. This stellar processing power will support the
comprehensive software stacks necessary for the feature-rich devices
that pay television operators and consumer electronics manufacturers
must provide to media-hungry consumers.
"The XCode 6400 is a landmark achievement for ViXS, culminating over a
decade of research, innovation and customer deployments, and we are
excited to deliver first samples later this year," said Sally Daub,
President and CEO, ViXS Systems Inc. "We designed this SoC to address
all the key technology evolutions for video, security, and networking
so our customers are free to create the most compelling consumer media
devices in the market."
Key features of the XCode 6400 include:
Decoding HDTV and Ultra HDTV HEVC at main and main 10 profile at up to
Up to 10 x HD decodes
Up to six 720p30 or four 1080p30 HD transcodes
Up to six simultaneous video streams to consumer devices such as
smartphones and tablets
Multi-format HD decoding engine supports all popular Internet video
XConnex™ MoCA 2.0 support with backward compatibility to MoCA 1.1
Advanced hardware-based security technology, including memory scrubbing
and sandboxing, that supports the latest conditional access and digital
rights management specifications
ARM Cortex A9 Dual Core applications processor with 7,000 DMIPS
performance and media off-loading processor farm with cumulative 8,400
3D OpenGL ES 2.0 hardware graphics engine
Optimized DDR3 platform memory
40 nanometer low power process and flip chip package featuring advanced
power management with active and passive standby modes
ViXS Xtensiv™ software suite that includes support for Digital Living
Network Alliance (DLNA®) certification as well as third party
Customer samples of the XCode 6400 family will be available in Q4 2013
with volume production commencing in Q2 2014.
About ViXS Systems Inc.
ViXS is the semiconductor pioneer in designing and developing
high-performance media solutions for the consumer electronics and video
service provider industries. With 422 patents issued and pending
worldwide, ViXS has been recognized with a number of industry awards
for innovation. ViXS is the world leader in transcoder SoC deployments
with over 27 million shipments to date, and still growing.
ViXS has a comprehensive portfolio of products to meet the diverse needs
of the global media industry. Portfolio highlights include the most
advanced dense transcoder available for cloud-based solutions, as well
as SoC's for home devices capable of doing the most simultaneous number
of HD streams in the industry. Moreover, ViXS is the only company to
have integrated transcoding and Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA)
technologies to create the lowest-cost media gateway capable of
delivering premium content to consumer IP devices, such as the iPad,
inside and outside of the home.
ViXS is headquartered in Toronto, Canada with global operations and
offices in Europe, Asia and North America. For more information on
ViXS, visit our website: www.vixs.com.
SOURCE ViXS Systems Inc.