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Fujitsu Launches New Ultra-Low Power Full HD H.264 CODEC LSIs

Includes 60 frames per second, 60p, superior picture quality

Fujitsu Microelectronics (Shanghai) Company Limited

Shanghai, November 03, 2008

Fujitsu Microelectronics (Shanghai) Co.,Ltd. today announced two new LSIs to expand its line-up of H.264(1) CODEC LSIs, that encode and decode Full HD (1,920 dots x 1,080 lines) video in the H.264 format. The first of the two products to be launched, the ultra-low power MB86H55, features power consumption of only 500mW during Full HD encoding including the in-package memory, an industry-leading level for low power consumption. Sample shipments of the MB86H55 will start in January 2009. In addition, the upcoming LSI, MB86H56, will offer processing of Full HD video at 60 frames per second (progressive), 60p(2), to improve picture quality even further. Samples shipments of the MB86H56 will start from April 2009.

H.264 CODEC LSI, MB86H55

Figure 1: H.264 CODEC LSI, MB86H55

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The two new products have memory in-package to offer a small package size of 15mm x 15mm, thus making it ideal to record, play and transmit superior picture quality HD video on portable devices such as digital camcorders, as well as on home networked appliances, commercial broadcast equipment, and security cameras.

For digital camcorders, the H.264 compression format has become mainstream, providing longer recording times than the previous MPEG-2 compression format. At the same time, longer battery life is essential to increase the length of time you can continuously record or play on one battery charge. However, with the ever-shrinking size of digital camcorders, large batteries can’t be used, thus making low power consumption of the internal components a key requirement.

Since 2007, Fujitsu Microelectronics has been providing its MB86H51, which is a Full HD H.264 CODEC featuring in-package memory. The new low power MB86H55 has a power consumption of only 500mW during Full HD encoding, including the in-package memory power consumption. This allows an extension in the length of time one can continuously record and play HD video on digital camcorders and other portable devices while maintaining superior picture quality.

The other new CODEC LSI, MB86H56, continues the reputation for high picture quality of the existing MB86H51, by even further increasing the picture quality with processing at 60 frames per second (progressive).

These two new products, as well as the existing MB86H51 CODEC LSI, utilize Fujitsu Laboratories’ proprietary picture quality algorithm to realize superior picture quality and a reduced video processing burden enabled by high-compression technology. Leveraging Fujitsu’s highly regarded expertise in image processing-related technologies and products, Fujitsu Microelectronics will continue to strengthen its imaging and video processing ASSPs.

Sample Availability

Product Sample Availability
MB86H55 January 2009
MB86H56 April 2009

Sales Target

200,000 units per month

Key Features

  1. Small form-factor, low power consumption necessary for portable devices
    Both new products contain one 512M bit memory (FCRAM)(3) in-package. Due to the reduction in the number of memory chips, as well as the usage of 65nm process technology, the power consumption during Full HD encoding, including the in-package memory, is reduced to 500mW (at 30 frames per second). Also, it is provided in a small form-factor, 15mm x 15mm package.
  2. Processing at 60 frames per second (progressive) further improves picture quality (MB86H56)
    The existing CODEC product, MB86H51, processes video at 30 frames per second; while the new MB86H56 doubles this to 60 frames per second (progressive), 60p, to boost picture quality.
  3. Both LSIs feature embedded scaler for picture expansion/reduction
    Both products have an embedded scaler for expansion or reduction of the picture. In units of 16 bit x 32 lines, pictures can be expanded by a maximum of 6 times or reduced to 1/6, therefore enabling flexible accommodation of the requirements for picture quality, resolution, and bit rate depending on the application.
  4. Improved connectivity to peripheral LSIs
    Both products contain many interfaces for improved connectivity. For the host interface to connect to an external CPU, there is a 16 bit parallel interface and a TS interface as the video stream interface. In addition, there is a serial interface in which a reduction of pins for host interface is possible, as well as a PCI interface for connecting a PC or a recorder. Connection to external ROM is also possible, thus realizing high-speed boot for devices that feature this LSI.


Key Specifications of the CODEC LSIs MB86H55 and MB86H56 (31 KB)

  • [1] H.264

    A video compression standard defined by the International Telecommunication Union, Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T). A video-encoding format noted for offering more compression than MPEG-2 and other earlier formats. The International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) has defined the MPEG-4 Part 10 Advanced Video Coding (MPEG-4 AVC), however it is the same as H.264.

  • [2] 60 frames/sec (progressive) processing

    Referred to as “60p”. Every second, 60 video frames are processed, by all the lines in the frame being processed in sequence (progressive). This creates higher picture quality than so called “60i” where odd lines and even lines are drawn alternately (interlace), such that 30 frames per second processing appears like 60 frames.

  • [3] FCRAM (Fast Cycle RAM)

    Fujitsu Microelectronics’ proprietary RAM core architecture featuring high-speed and low power consumption.

About Fujitsu Microelectronics (Shanghai) Co.,Ltd.

Fujitsu Microelectronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. was established in August 2003 as Fujitsu’s semiconductor business representative in China. Headquartered in Shanghai, it has branch offices in Beijing, Shenzhen and Dalian to provide sales and service support to customers throughout China.
Fujitsu Microelectronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. offers an extensive range of products from microcontroller, application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC), application-specific standard product (ASSP), system-on-chip (SoC) to system memory, that can be supplied as product or complete solution. With technology resource centres and ASIC design support centres strategically located in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, as well as Heavy investments in design and engineering capabilities and application support resources, complemented by a regional network of design partners, suppliers and distributors, Fujitsu Microelectronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. can readily delivers innovative and value-added solutions and varied range of products to its target markets in China.
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Press Release ID: 2008-11-03
Date: 03 November, 2008
City: Shanghai
Company: Fujitsu Microelectronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.


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