It is difficult to imagine our world without video and its related technologies. We use high-bandwidth video and imaging applications every day in products such as HD televisions, smartphones, tablets, driver assistance systems, HD projectors, video conferencing, digital cinemas, remote video surveillance and medical imaging applications.
These latest technologies require real-time video processing. The processing and transport bandwidth requirements of 4K, UHD and emerging 8K resolution applications are such that they cannot be delivered by RISC-based processors. ASICs and FPGAs are the only viable options for delivering high-end processing at resolutions of 1080p and beyond.
Hardent’s team of engineers and consultants has been involved in many different aspects of the video industry including:
Video Transport and Connectivity
- Digital Video Interface (DVI)
- Serial Digital Interface (SDI)
- High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)
- Analog component, Y/C and component video decoder
- Vertical Blanking Interval (VBI), close captioning (CC) and timecode (TC) information
- Embedded audio (EA) and ancillary metadata
- Display Stream Compression VESA DSC v1.1
- H.262/MPEG-2 -I SO, IEC, ITU-T
- H.263 – ITU-T
- MPEG-4 Part 2 – ISO, IEC
- H.264/MPEG-4 AVC – ISO, IEC, ITU-T
- MPEG-1 – ISO, IEC
- Color Space Conversion
- Real-Time Analytics
- Video over IP (Ethernet AVB)
- On-Screen Displays
VESA DSC Video Compression Training
- Introductory VESA DSC video compression training course for system architects, engineers and designers wishing to develop electronic products using the VESA DSC v1.1 standard
- Topics covered include: DSC video algorithm structure, DSC applications, usage models, as well as system architecture and implementation challenges for DSC encoder and decoder designs
VESA DSC-Compliant Encoder and Decoder IPs
Hardent’s VESA DSC-compliant encoder and decoder IPs are the first of their kind on the market. These ready-made IP solutions help electronics manufacturers quickly integrate the VESA DSC standard into ultra high-definition products where 3-1 visually lossless and ultra-low latency compression is needed.
Projects that Hardent has worked on in the video industry include:
- 4K (UHD) compression and decompression CODEC engines for consumer electronics based on the VESA Display Stream Compression (DSC) Standard
- Reduced power consumption;
- Decreased video bandwidth by 3X with no visual artifacts;
- Reduced the cost of the interconnections and frame buffers;
- Reduced electromagnetic interference (EMI).
- Ethernet AVB and other Video over IP solutions for optical transport equipment
- Reused the existing hardware platform to add Video over IP feature;
- Implementation of a low latency architecture;
- Generated extra revenue from existing product.
- Video Processing IP integration in FPGAs for professional projectors applications
- Porting of an existing Intellectual Property (IP) block to a new FPGA platform;
- Increased performance required by higher resolution;
- Solved timing closure issues.
- FPGA prototyping for a multimedia sub-system inside a complex SoC
- Implemented in FPGA and validated a new HDMI IP to ensure first pass silicon success
- Implemented in FPGA and validated the digital portion of a video analog capture frontend
- Video analytics for the automotive sector using Zynq, the all programmable SoC platform from Xilinx
- Helped customers to gain experience on the new Zynq SoC;
- Bridged the gap between the hardware and software group who now have to share a common playground;
- Trained and coached engineers in a sector not accustomed to the use of programmable logic.
Hardent: an active member of VESA
Hardent is a voting member of the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), influencing the future directions of the display industry. Hardent has played a key role in the Display Stream Compression (DSC) Task Group, contributing to the development of the latest standards in video compression display technology.