V-Nova announces LCEVC NDK for Video SOCs and ASICs
- LCEVC NDK complements the available SDK to target on-chip implementations of LCEVC
- MPEG-5 LCEVC enables higher quality video with up to 40% bitrate savings and lower power consumption
- Visitors to IBC 2022 are invited to see the demo on existing Video SOCs at the LCEVC showcase stand
London, UK – September 9th, 2022 – V-Nova, a leading provider of video compression solutions, today announced the availability of V-Nova LCEVC Native Development Kit (NDK) to accelerate the implementation and deployment of MPEG-5 LCEVC encoding and decoding on Video system-on-chip (SOC) and dedicated ASICs.
MPEG-5 LCEVC (ISO/IEC 23094-2) is the first enhancement standard from MPEG, delivering better quality at up to 40% lower bandwidth, faster transcoding times, reduced costs for storage and content delivery. MPEG-5 LCEVC is an innovative standard that enhances any ‘base’ codec, including AVC/h.264, HEVC/h.265 and AV1 with no requirement to replace them.
Today’s announcement adds a Native Development Kit to V-Nova’s generally available SDK. V-Nova LCEVC NDK is a collection of tools to enable Operating System, Browsers, Video SOC vendors and video ASIC vendors to quickly add LCEVC capabilities to their roadmap, with implementations ranging from full-software to full-silicon.
The LCEVC NDK tools include a ready-to-deploy set of libraries for encoding and decoding LCEVC enhancement on CPU and GPU, reference designs for the composition of the video ‘base’ layer and the LCEVC enhancement using the hardware blocks available in modern SOCs, as well as a full ASIC IP block ready to be dropped in new designs. Reference integrations include Chromium, WebRTC, OpenMAX, drivers of existing SOCs and an FPGA implementation of the ASIC IP RTL (register transfer logic).
The low-complexity nature of LCEVC allows vendors in different parts of the video ecosystem to deploy LCEVC encoding and decoding capabilities natively across different levels in a technology stack, from HTML5 capable players, software-only in applications and now natively in operating systems and on silicon.
Moreover, given the novel licensing model of MPEG-5 LCEVC, the V-Nova LCEVC NDK is available free of charge to Browser, Operating System, Video SOC and ASIC vendors, with service providers due a small and capped fee.
“We’re very excited to announce an LCEVC Native Development Kit to supplement the already-available SDK. We believe this will help ecosystem vendors across a multitude of application to accelerate their roadmap for deployment of MPEG-5 LCEVC” said Guido Meardi, CEO and co-founder at V-Nova. “LCEVC has been already deployed in software – at application level and scripted in HTML5 browsers – but does not necessarily mean ‘software only’ and now we are ready to help vendors across the whole technology stack to help deploy LCEVC as easily and efficiently as possible.”
Interested parties are invited to visit the LCEVC Showcase (5.D33) at IBC 2022 for a demonstration or contact V-Nova for more information.
V-Nova is committed to unlocking higher picture quality at scale. Its technologies, based on the innovative use of AI and parallel processing improve data, video, imaging, point-cloud compression and have been granted international standard status by MPEG, ISO and SMPTE. Our relentless investment in R&D has built a portfolio of over 600 international patents which we monetize through software licensing, IP royalties and product sales. More about V-Nova: www.v-nova.com
About our products
V-Nova LCEVC is the industry’s first highly optimized library for encoding and decoding enhanced video streams with MPEG-5 Part 2, Low-Complexity Enhancement Video Coding (LCEVC). V-Nova VC-6 is a high-performance AI-powered software library for SMPTE VC-6 (ST-2117) which is used primarily for professional production workflows and imaging applications.
Multiple companies have partnered with V-Nova incorporating LCEVC and VC-6 in solutions for TV, media, entertainment, social networks, eCommerce, ad-tech, security, aerospace, defense, automotive and gaming. To learn more about LCEVC please visit www.lcevc.org. For VC-6 please visit VC-6 higher quality at lower bitrates – V-Nova
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