Altera FPGAs enable broadcast equipment providers to deliver solutions for Ultra-High-Definition (UHD), multi-platform content delivery and video transport over IP networks to mark it faster. Architecturally, H.265 provides much greater flexibility for parallel encode/decode processing on a single chip FPGA, enabling best-in-class videoconferencing. The High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC), more commonly referred to as H.265 is capable of providing the same image quality with half the bit rate, allowing the service providers to stream videos with much better resolution at 50 per cent less bandwidth.
According to the press release, Altera’s advanced technology combines high-end FPGA hardware and IP (software) to deliver a high performance H.265 codec that enables the “heavy-lifting” required in videoconferencing—encoding the live streams to enable superior picture quality with ultra-low video latency. Adding further, “The new Altera H.265 codec lends multi-channel support for today’s 1080p 60 resolutions on a single, low-power chip; the device will also manage 4K video.”
In an interview, Dan McNamara, Altera’s vice president of the Industrial, Automotive and Broadcast Divisions said, “Altera is committed to providing proven solutions for demanding applications to customers such as Avaya, who need to be ahead of the standards to future-proof their high-density HD products, and Altera’s H.265 algorithmic maturity proves a clear lead in this space.”