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Fujitsu Launches Full HD Multi-Decoder LSI Supporting Both MPEG-2 and H.264

- Delivers a 1-chip solution for DVB HD broadcasts -

Fujitsu Limited

Tokyo, February 26, 2008

Fujitsu Limited today announced the launch of a new full high-definition (HD) multi-standard video decoder LSI for Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB(1)) HD broadcasts, that decodes both MPEG-2(2) and H.264(3) compression formats in full HD resolution (1920 dots x 1080 lines). Sample shipment of the new LSI, the MB86H60, will start from the end of May 2008.

This LSI is a highly integrated System-on-Chip (SoC) for televisions, set-top-boxes (STBs), and portable receivers and complies with the DVB standard currently used in various regions, mainly Europe. The LSI decodes full HD video compressed in either MPEG-2 or H.264 and integrates on a single chip the necessary processing functions for a HD broadcast receiver, including processing of digital video, audio, and graphics. This makes the multi-decoder suitable for TVs, STBs, and portable TV receivers. Also, as the LSI's functions can be employed with the addition of only two 16-bit wide external memory chips, it allows set vendors to reduce their overall costs when designing their TVs and STBs.

Figure 1: Fujitsu's full HD multi-decoder LSI, MB86H60

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The DVB digital broadcasting standard is used in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and by some broadcast systems in China, which are currently broadcasting in standard definition(SD) using the MPEG-2 video compression format. Next-generation broadcasts will be in HD, and in Europe it has been decided that H.264 will be the main format to be used. Since the shift to next-generation HD broadcasts in Europe and elsewhere will occur gradually over time, decoder LSIs used in TVs and set-top boxes for these regions need to be able to handle decoding of both MPEG-2 and H.264 formats.

Following HD broadcasting in Japan and the US, for the ramp up of HD broadcasting in Europe, Fujitsu built on its expertise and experience of the previously released SmartMPEG series along with H.264 decoder technology co-developed with Fujitsu Laboratories Limited, to offer this multi-decoder, MB86H60, capable of supporting both MPEG-2 and H.264 video compression formats on a single chip.

Sample Pricing and Shipment

Product Sample Price Shipment Start
MB86H60 5,000 JPY From end of May 2008

Product Features

  1. Decodes both full HD MPEG-2 and H.264, supporting current and next-generation European broadcasting standards.
    This multi-decoder LSI can be used for current standard-definition MPEG-2 broadcasts used widely in Europe and other regions, and for next-generation HD broadcasts using H.264.
  2. Integrates on a single chip functions necessary for HD TV processing
    The CPU core in the LSI is the high-performance ARM1176JZF-S™, which supports a wide range of functions including system control for TVs and STBs, teletext(4), subtitles, and JPEG decoding(5). In addition, by integrating audio, graphic video processing, and functions required for processing HD broadcasts on one chip, Fujitsu's full HD multi-decoder LSI enables set vendors to more easily construct their systems.
  3. Complete Functionality by Adding Two 16-bit wide DDR2-SDRAMs
    By simply connecting two 16-bit wide DDR2 SDRAM667 external memory chips as working memory to the multi-decoder chip, the chip becomes fully functional, including CPU-based system control and digital-video decoding. This allows set vendors to reduce the overall cost of their systems.
  4. Four video-transfer ports for connectivity to various devices
    With four video-transfer ports, this multi-decoder LSI can be connected to a wide variety of external devices. For example, the LSI makes it possible to connect to digital video recorders (DVRs) which record TV broadcasts to a hard disk drive, or to connect to a conditional access card to view restricted digital broadcasts.

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  • [1] DVB

    Digital Video Broadcasting. A set of internationally approved open standards for digital television broadcasts. DVB is used in many countries, especially in Europe.

  • [2] MPEG-2

    A video compression format (codec) that is part of the MPEG standard for video compression. MPEG-2 is widely used in DVDs and other video products.

  • [3] H.264

    Refers to MPEG4 AVC/H.264, a video-encoding format (codec) noted for offering more compression than MPEG-2 and other earlier formats. Jointly defined by the International Telecommunication Union, Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) and International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC), it is the most recent international standard for video compression.

  • [4] Teletext

    A TV broadcasting standard in which data such as text (e.g. subtitles, closed caption) or diagrams are transmitted within the TV broadcast signal.

  • [5] JPEG decoding

    Refers to decoding that enables JPEG photographic data to be viewed on devices such as TVs.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that create infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5.1 trillion yen (US$43.2 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007. For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com

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This press release has been revised as of December 17, 2018.

Date: 26 February, 2008
City: Tokyo
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