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VeriSilicon announced the availability of Hantro G2v2 Multi-format Decoder IP to support Google’s VP9 Profile 2. This profile was introduced by the WebM project in 2014 to meet the industry’s requirement for higher precision content. VP9 Profile 2 uses 10/12-bit 4:2:0 sampling format. Additionally, Hantro G2v2 supports HEVC Main and Main 10 Profiles and VP9 Profile 0.

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MediaTek’s new CrossMount standard lets devices share their hardware and software when they’re on the same WiFi network, letting you use whichever components make sense in a given situation. You can use your phone’s mic to dictate voice commands to your TV, for example, or use your phone’s webcam for a video chat on your tablet. CrossMount is an open standard based on the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) standard you probably have in some of your existing gear, so it might be easy to implement when it’s available in the third quarter of the year.

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ViXS has set another new benchmark for video processing with the announcement of its innovative 12-bit High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology. 12-bit HDR technology is the next evolutionary step in creating lifelike video experiences for the consumer. HDR technology extends the dynamic range of brightness levels that can be displayed, offering spectacular clarity and brilliance.

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The DVB-UHDTV Phase 1 specification updates ETSI TS 101 154 to add HEVC/H.265 Profiles for DVB HDTV (using HEVC Main profile level 4.1) and UDHTV (using HEVC Main 10 profile, Level 5.1) broadcasting services. Contrast will be drastically improved by increasing the number of bits per pixel to 10 bit.

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This high-performance hardware IP block for SoC manufacturers delivers both a HEVC/H.265 encoder and a HEVC/H.265 decoder, capable of processing the 10-bit 4:2:0 format that is regarded as the best video standard ever. It also uses a proprietary frame compression technology to reduce memory bandwidth by 50~70%. The scalable architecture enables processing up to real-time 8K 60fps video with core extension.

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ATSC 3.0 on target for completed standard by year-end 2015 with UHDTV (4K) support.

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The SMP8756 decodes up to 4K resolution and supports HEVC Main-10 profile (allowing processing of up to 10 bit color samples). The SMP8750 family offers solutions at multiple cost-performance combinations, allowing each SoC to offer optimal performance to price ratio, making them ideal for TV zappers, Hybrid-broadcast STBs, and IPTV STBs.

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