Altera's 4Kp60-capable H.265 enhanced motion estimation engine (EME) is a server co-processing solution based on the company's Stratix V FPGAs, that has been able to improve efficiency and performance of Harmonic's PURE Compression Engine for the delivery of 4Kp60 (ultra-high-definition video) content. Stratix V FPGAs, optimised with IP from Altera and its partners, enable Harmonic's encoding technology to deliver 4Kp60 real-time performance, while requiring substantially less power, rack space and CPU processing power than other solutions prevalent in the industry today. Altera's EME saves CPU cycles by offloading server-class CPUs.
Mark Hoopes, who manages Altera's Video Codec Solutions says, “As video traffic explodes to consume the vast majority of available network bandwidth, and as users expect more content, anywhere, anytime, with significantly improved quality of experience, the need for a high quality H.265 encoder that enables typical bitrate savings of 50% becomes critical. Achieving such efficiency gains comes at an unprecedented increase in processing power required when compared to legacy H.264 or MPEG-2. With the power of Altera's EME solution to reduce CPU processing needs, vendors will be well equipped now and in the future to create products that lead the way as the industry's most efficient and highest quality H.265 solutions.”
A spokesman for Harmonic adds, “Through a combination of our H.265 software with hardware acceleration from Altera's EME solution, customers will be able to deliver amazing 4Kp60 video quality while lowering their capital and operating expenses through decreased power and rack space. The complete solution is software and hardware programmable, enabling field updates for continued algorithm enhancements in the future."