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TICO lightweight video compression fits in the smallest FPGAs

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Most video compression schemes in use today use high compression rates to get very low video stream bit rates for transmission and storage but these schemes are not adequate for video-editing workflows because multiple compression/decompression passes using high compression ratios will degrade the resulting image stream. The intoPIX TICO lightweight video compression scheme employs mathematically or visually lossless compression, with compression ratios as large as 4:1, so that you can put a 4K60p video stream—which normally requires a transport mechanism with 12Gbps of bandwidth—on a 10G Ethernet connection or even a 3G-SDI connection while maintaining image quality. In addition, TICO compression works with just a few (2 to 8) lines of video at a time, reducing video latency compared to frame-based compression schemes.


This just-posted 2-minute video from last month’s NAB show in Las Vegas explains and demonstrates the concept:





The video shows the intoPIX TICO compressor/decompressor implemented on a Xilinx FPGA. The TICO IP core can fit in the smallest Xilinx FPGAs including Virtex-7, Kintex-7, and Artix-7 devices and Spartan-6 low-end FPGAs.


For additional information, see “All about video compression and SMPTE 2022 at NAB 2014. If you’re working with high-res video, read this.”



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