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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

New RealVideo Codec for 388VDO

bTensilica has ported the RealVideo codec from digital entertainment services company RealNetworks, Inc. (RNWK) to the 388VDO Video Engine, increasing the versatility of this popular video chip subsystem. The RealVideo codec expands the applicability of Tensilica's 388VDO video processor to products that efficiently display Internet content on everything from mobile devices to extended standard definition DTV.

The RealVideo codec is fully compliant with RealVideo 9 and 10, so users can experience high-quality video from numerous sources in China . By using new technology that employs rigorous analysis to decompose and compress video content as well as more sophisticated image segmentation and motion analysis, it provides the same quality video at 80 percent lower bit rate than MPEG-2, 75 percent lower bit rate than HDTV, 45 percent lower bit rate than MPEG-4 (ASP), 30 percent lower bit rate than WMV 9, and 15 percent lower bit rate than H.264.

PowerLayer Microsystems Licenses 388VDO Video

PowerLayer Microsystems (PLM), a fabless IC design company headquartered in Beijing, China, licensed the 388VDO video engine, a complete video subsystem that will be designed into integrated circuits for HDTV sets. The 388VDO will be used to decode content from the Internet.

“Many people want to enjoy their TV and Internet content on one device, and the 388VDO gives us the video quality we need for the display of Internet video and images,” stated Dr. Xu Dong, president and COO, PowerLayer Microsystems. “We were impressed because it was a total drop-in solution, both hardware and software.”

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Panasonic Picks Tensilica

Panasonic Mobile Communications Co. Ltd. (President: Osamu Waki), located in Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama, Japan, (Panasonic Mobile) has licensed the Xtensa LX2 customizable processor core for a baseband processor integrated circuit for mobile phones. Now Panasonic Mobile will develop several different configurations of the Xtensa processor. For more information, see