Fujitsu Microelectronics announced 2 new transcoder ICs that can convert between Full HD (1920dots x 1080lines) MPEG-2 video data and H.264 video data, as well as transcoding between audio formats while featuring a low power consumption of only 1.0Watt including the in-package memory.
Digital TV broadcasts – including HD – are increasing worldwide, while demand for HD video recorders is also increasing. As many broadcasts still use MPEG-2 format, many such HD video recorders have a transcode function to convert the MPEG-2 data to the higher compression H.264 format, so that more data can be recorded onto certain media (hard-disk, DVD disc) and thus offer longer recording times. At the same time, there are increasing needs to record digital broadcasts on mobile products such as notebook PCs, as well as the increasing demands to create electronic appliances that use less energy.
To meet these demands for low power consumption and small form-factors, Fujitsu Microelectronics developed these two transcoder ICs. They can be used not only for non-mobile fixed electronic equipment – such as digital video recorders (DVRs) – but also in such mobile products such as notebook PCs. In addition to the transcode function, security functions are included on a single chip to make it easy for customers to create their systems.
These new transcoder products use Fujitsu Microelectronics’ low power consumption technologies that have been used in its previously announced H.264 Full HD CODEC ICs, including utilizing proprietary video algorithms developed by Fujitsu Laboratories, that maintain high video quality while reducing the processing load.
These transcoders also include audio transcode functionality, security functions for digital rights management of content, and a demodulator interface all integrated on one chip as well as in-package memory. The MB86H57 trancoder has a small 15mm x 15mm package ideal for adding video recording capability to compact electronic equipment. Therefore, these ICs can be used not only in non-mobile fixed electronic equipment, but they also enable expansion of the new recording functionality to such mobile products such as notebook PCs.
Sample shipment of the new transcoder ICs, the MB86H57 and MB86H58, will begin from late July, 2009. The sales target is 200,000 units/month in the first year for both products.