Kane Unveils H.264/MPEG4-AVC PCI Image Capture and Compression Cards

10/8/2003 - Kane Computing have recently launched the DS-4000 range of PCI image capture and compression cards based on the H.264 / MPEG4-AVC compression standards.

The DS-4004H offers simultaneous real-time encoding of four video and audio streams and is the first real time H.264 compression subsystem on the market. This new standard has much higher compression ratio, yet higher picture quality compared to standard MPEG4. At the same video quality, the bit rate is about 40% lower than MPEG4-ASP. The perfect synchronisation of video and G.722 compressed audio ensures that it can be used in almost all applications, such as Video Surveillance and Security, VOD (Video-On-Demand), Distance Learning, Streaming Video and Broadcasting.

The DS-4004H uses four media processors, each with its own video input, VIP (Video Input Processor), plus memory and PCI interface. The heavily optimised H.264/MPEG4-AVC codec runs on each processor. The A/V streams are fed into the memory of the video display adapter directly without consuming any host CPU MIPS, as a result any PC is able to support four DS-4004H cards (16 channels) concurrently in real time, and more if you have more than 4 PCI slots.

In addition to the DS-4004H there is a two-channel version, the DS-4002H and a single channel version, the DS-4001H. Each board comes with drivers, an Encoder Application and Decoding Multimedia Player.

The PCI 2.2 compliant boards, run under LINUX, Windows XP and Windows 2000. All parameters for each channel can be set or adjusted independently and the software also offers picture quality control, adjustable frame rate, motion detection, time stamping and watermark support.

A Board Support Package is also available for those who wish to develop their own software and includes: Encoder SDK, Decoder SDK, Network SDK, SDK Documentation, Source Code for the Encoder Application, Source Code for Multimedia Player, Source Code for Streaming Server Application, One year of technical support.

The new H.264/MPEG4-AVC video compression standard is the first to be ratified by both the ISO/IEC and ITU-T. It raises the bar considerably compared to MPEG4-ASP and yields better picture quality while significantly lowering the bit rate. This allows lower overall system cost and enables new video applications. H.264/MPEG4-AVC is considered the greatest achievement in video compression in the past 10 years and is already finding its way into many mainstream video applications.

Boards are available for immediate delivery and prices start around 740 for 1 off quantities.

About Kane Computing Ltd
KCL has been providing Image Processing, DSP and high performance computing products for use in industry, education and research since 1987. The last few years has seen considerable growth within KCL in the high performance and Digital Signal Processing markets. KCL started life as Sension Advanced Computing, designing, manufacturing and supplying parallel processing products based around the Inmos transputer. In 1995 it became part of Kane International Ltd and subsequently changed its name to Kane Computing. In October 2001 Kane Computing became an independent Company, Kane Computing Ltd. KCL are now regarded as the primary source of fully supported development tools for Texas Instruments series of DSPs in the United Kingdom. KCL provide a whole range of products based around Texas Instrument's TMS320 range of DSP's. This includes starter kits, development systems, application boards and emulators. KCL has a policy of continual improvement and operates its business in accordance with the requirements of ISO9001:2000.

Kane Computing Ltd
7 Theatre Court, London Road, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 5HB, UK
Web: www.kanecomputing.com

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