Altera and ATEME to Showcase FPGA-Based H.264/AVC Encoder at NAB

4/14/2005 - Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) and ATEME will demonstrate the industry’s first FPGA-based H.264/AVC real time video encoder at National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2005. Utilizing Altera’s Stratix® II FPGA, the ATEME solution enables broadcast video quality and is available as intellectual property (IP) using Very High Speed Integrated Circuit Hardware Description Language (VHDL), which allows designers to easily customize their video systems.

“Following market adoption of our AVC software libraries, we are proud to offer the same quality IP in real time, as VHDL-IP, with a proven supplier of comprehensive broadcast solutions such as Altera,” said ATEME product manager Francois-Xavier Parisot. “Utilizing the DSP block performance and on-chip memory of Altera’s Stratix II FPGAs for our encoder architecture provides great overall device efficiency. Also, aligning with Altera gives us access to HardCopy® II structured ASICs, which provides us with an attractive, low-risk path to cost-reducing our solution.”

H.264 encoding requirements mandate extreme computational performance and memory bandwidth together with total flexibility, all of which are inherent in Altera’s high-performance Stratix II FPGAs. With its performance, quality, and time-to-market benefits, ATEME expects its H.264/AVC video encoder to attract rapid adoption in the broadcast, broadband, and professional AV industry segments.

“The feature-rich architecture of our Stratix II FPGAs provides excellent processing performance for leading-edge broadcast video solutions such as ATEME’s H.264/AVC video encoder,” said Todd Scott, senior director of Altera’s digital consumer and broadcast business unit. “This unique architecture not only gives system designers flexibility, but also the smooth process integration and design resources unavailable in any other broadcast video processor.”

The ATEME H.264/AVC encoder, which meets MPEGIF interoperability standards, is available now in a multi-chip configuration using multiple Stratix II FPGAs. The single-chip Stratix II version, available soon, will improve system integration by requiring less interconnection.

The H.264/AVC encoder can be viewed at Altera booth C11212, or ATEME booth SL3922, with a SD/HD PCI reference design. To learn more about Altera’s broadcast solutions at NAB, visit

About Altera
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) is the world’s pioneer in system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) solutions. Combining programmable logic technology with software tools, intellectual property, and technical services, Altera provides high-value programmable solutions to approximately 14,000 customers worldwide. More information is available at

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. Products/sales:

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