IBM Expands Digital Video Offerings with New Single-Chip MPEG-2 Encoders

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Fishkill, N.Y - 30 Mar 1998: -- IBM today announced four new single-chip MPEG-2 video encoders, a move which significantly expands IBM's family of professional digital video products.

IBM's new encoder products support the demanding requirements of the communications and broadcast industries for DVD mastering, authoring, and other content-creation applications. IBM's MPEG S-Series is also suitable for applications where encoding equipment is used throughout the transmission process, including routers and switches, cable head-ends, and satellite news-gathering and up-link equipment.

"IBM's powerful encoder architecture provides an optimal balance between search range and accuracy of motion estimation which delivers superior picture quality," said Luis Arzubi, general manager of ASICs and embedded controllers at IBM Microelectronics. "We are using IBM's latest CMOS and packaging technologies to help our customers incorporate more features into smaller, less costly products."

Product Highlights

The newly-announced single-chip products are:

A flexible microcode package is also provided for all of IBM's encoder offerings which allow developers to control the encoder chip hardware and dynamically select video compression parameters through real-time commands.

Product Availability

These video encoders are sampling in 2Q 1998, with volume expected by late 2Q 1998.

About IBM

The new products announced today represent enhancements to the family of IBM Blue Logic technologies, a variety of custom logic products and services that allow customers to tap IBM's longstanding semiconductor design and manufacturing experience for expertise to enhance their own products.

IBM currently offers a library of over 50 cores, including system processors, memory and system interface controllers, and video and graphics functions-- many of which are ideally suited for set-top box design, where high performance, low power, and economy low cost are key design considerations.

IBM Microelectronics, a leading worldwide supplier of semiconductor products, was rated the number 1 cell-based ASIC supplier in North America in 1996 by the industry consulting firm Dataquest.

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