Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute To Showcase Latest in Video Compression Technology

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Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), a leader in the development of mobile and fixed broadband communication networks, multimedia systems, image signal and 3D, today announced it will present and demonstrate the latest H.265/ MPEG-HEVC video compression technology with a real-time decoder at NAB 2013.

Fraunhofer HHI developed the new video compression H.265/ MPEG-HEVC, also known as High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), in association with leading players in mobile technology and entertainment electronics. As a result, the demonstrations at NAB will feature the industry’s latest advancements in video compression technology, including tests that cover the complete range of functionalities offered by the HEVC video coding standard.

“At Fraunhofer, we are dedicated to develop technologies and standards that not only solve the issues faced by the industry today, but anticipate the needs of the future,” said Dr. Thomas Schierl, head of group multimedia communications at Fraunhofer HHI. “Our role in the development of HEVC and the real-time software decoder showcases our ability to develop innovations that are ahead of the market to enhance the digital media workflow of today and tomorrow.”

HEVC is the next-generation video-compression standard of ITU-T and ISO/IEC. Compared to its predecessor H.264 / MPEG4-AVC, HEVC achieves approximately 50 percent more bit rate reduction with no discernible loss in video quality.  Fraunhofer HHI’s HEVC real-time software decoder uses an advanced multi-threaded architecture, making it resource efficient. The decoder software suits perfectly with the ever-growing need for high-resolution video in applications ranging from mobile web streaming over high-quality TV broadcasting, to very low bit rate video conferencing with low latency.

Fraunhofer HHI is part of the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance. The Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance consists of Fraunhofer IIS, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology (IDMT) and Fraunhofer FOKUS. The alliance provides a network of deep expertise and intelligence for the development of scalable technologies and international standards that allow customers to stay ahead of the market.

NAB attendees can speak with Fraunhofer HHI scientists and see demonstrations of the HEVC real-time decoder, including an array of test suites for HEVC-compliant bit streams for the testing of HEVC decoder chips and set top boxes at the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance NAB booth C7843.