ViXS presents XCode 6400 SoC, with native support for decoding HEVC (H.265)

ViXS Systems presents its most advanced SoC solution for video devices in the pay television and consumer electronics markets, the XCode 6400, in a sleek form factor and ultra-low power consumption, which supports the latest video codecs and broadcasting resolution standards. The devices based on XCode 6400 can take advantage of the bandwidth reduction by using HEVC while significantly increasing display resolution using Ultra HD 4K.

A key feature of the XCode 6400 is native support for decoding HEVC (H.265). HEVC allows the transmission of HD content using only half the bandwidth of today's AVC (H.264) video streams. This savings in bandwidth is critical for all categories of content distributors, especially with Ultra HD format deployment. ViXS logo

The XCode 6400 has advanced support for Ultra HD 4K resolutions by incorporating the new 10-bit ITU Rec.2020 4Kx2K UHDTV color space specification and the new HEVC main 10 profile (M10P) requirements specifically developed for 4K broadcast and display. The SoC can decode over 60 frames per second (fps) and display HEVC UHDTV 4K broadcasting content at full resolution of 3840x2160@60fps in M10P.

At the heart of XCode 6400 is a unique and innovative media processing XCODE architecture that ViXS has been developing and deploying for over a decade. The media-processing core offloads real-time functions such as transcoding, video streaming, audio processing and content place shifting, resulting in a more cost effective, memory bandwidth efficient and energy saving silicon solution.

Complementing the media processing engine is a robust dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor, delivering 7,000 DMIPS performance. This processing power will support the comprehensive software stacks necessary for the devices that pay television operators and consumer electronics manufacturers must provide to consumers.

Key features of the XCode 6400 include:

  • Decoding HDTV and Ultra HDTV HEVC at main and main 10 profile at up to 4Kp60
  • Up to 10 x HD decodes
  • Up to six 720p30 or four 1080p30 HD transcodes
  • Up to six simultaneous video streams to consumer devices such as smartphones and tablets
  • Multi-format HD decoding engine supports all popular Internet video formats
  • XConnex™ MoCA 2.0 support with backward compatibility to MoCA 1.1
  • Advanced hardware-based security technology, including memory scrubbing and sandboxing, that supports the latest conditional access and digital rights management specifications
  • ARM Cortex A9 Dual Core applications processor with 7,000 DMIPS performance and media off-loading processor farm with cumulative 8,400 DMIPS performance
  • 3D OpenGL ES 2.0 hardware graphics engine
  • Optimized DDR3 platform memory
  • 40 nanometer low power process and flip chip package featuring advanced power management with active and passive standby modes
  • ViXS Xtensiv™ software suite that includes support for Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA®) certification as well as third party middleware stacks

Customer samples of the XCode 6400 family will be available in Q4 2013 with volume production commencing in Q2 2014.

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