Ateme Launches H.264 Decoder for Embedded Platforms

9/13/2004 - Ateme has considerable experience in the field of video and audio compression algorithms, including MPEG-4 Simple Profile and Advanced Simple Profile, MPEG-2, JPEG, etc. The company is now announcing the launch on schedule of its H.264 decoder for embedded platforms. Ateme has already developed a version of the H.264 decoder for PCs, which has been available since June 2004.

The new encoder/decoder, the Codec H.264, extends Ateme's range of multimedia and broadcasting products.

Ateme's H.264 decoder is available in Baseline Profile and Main Profile versions. It can run on a single Texas Instruments (TI) TMS320DM642 digital media processor at 600 MHz and complies fully with ISO Standard 14496-part 10 (MPEG-4 AVC – Advanced Video Coding). It is available for the Texas Instruments’ TMS320C64x range of DSPs, including the DM642. The decoder is included in the Thunder reference design for multimedia entertainment and IP Set Top Boxes.

Ateme is also about to release its H.264 encoder for PCs. This very high quality encoder is a core component of the technology needed for new video server requirements. It is designed to meet the demands of the broadcast/broadband market and can encode resolutions up to HD.

The first encoder to be released is PC software based, reaching Full D1 in real-time. A beta version has already been given available to independent beta testers, who felt subjugated by the quality and speed, saying it is overhelming any competition.

Ateme will then continue to deliver encoding solutions with a version on DSP, followed in the second quarter of 2005 by a H.264 Full D1 real-time encoder solution for OEMs, extending the Kompressor AMK4x0 boards family, which performs real-time Full D1 MPEG-4 ASP (Advanced Simple Profile) encoding, with best-in-class video quality, available with Linux and windows SDK.

Ateme also develops FPGA hardware accelerators, with the first IPs such as CABAC and deblocking filter already available in VHDL.

The H.264 standard
H.264 is the new video compression standard that will soon be dominant in the video sector. Its strong points are improved compression and better image quality for much mower bitrate than MPEG-2.

Video codecs have evolved rapidly, starting with the arrival of MPEG-1 (VideoCD), which was followed by MPEG-2 (DVD) and lastly MPEG-4 (DivX, 3ivX Apple QuickTime, and Nero Digital). Nero Digital video, which is already interoperable with all the popular MPEG-4 applications, is evolving towards the H.264 format. The compression rate of this standard is twice that of MPEG-2, which improves the quality of data flows on narrow-bandwidth media and reduces the space required for storage and digital recording (DVD).

Where can you see the Ateme’s H.264 codec?

During the Texas Instruments Developer Conference – Europe – on 9, 11, 16 and 18 November 2004. As a special partner of TI, Ateme will take part in the third TI Developer Conference, through talks and demonstrations. This conference is held on one day in each of four cities across Europe (Paris, Munich, Birmingham and Moscow). The product data-sheet provides the preliminary performance results of a beta version of the decoder. The data-sheet with the latest performance data is available on our Extranet.

Ateme, headquartered in France (, is a world-leading provider of hardware and software systems for audio and video compression on DSP. Ateme delivers custom services on top of its development boards and algorithms. Since 2002, Ateme centers its strategy on applicative market-oriented reference designs which target video-security, broadband and consumer electronics domains. The result for OEMs is a faster product design, a shorter time-to-market and overall costs reduction. Ateme operates worldwide thanks to its distribution network in Europe, Asia and North America.

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