Orsay, Paris, January 6, 2013 — KALRAY, the designer and exclusive provider of the low power, high performance MPPA MANYCORE processor, today announced plans to demonstrate at CES 2014, the first low power live Ultra HD HEVC (4K) encoder running on the KALRAY MPPA MANYCORE processor. The demonstration is streaming DivX HEVC UltraHD (4K) video to a set top box.
Less than a year after it was first made available to the market, the MPPA-256 , KALRAY’s first MPPA® MANYCORE processor coming with 256 cores on a single chip, will be used for a world première demonstration at CES 2014, being held in Las Vegas (Jan 7-10). The MPPA-256 processor demonstrates a complete Ultra HD HEVC live encoding and decoding flow based on DivX HEVC UltraHD video.
The MainConcept HEVC SDK is used in the demo and is capable of encoding a high-quality Ultra HD HEVC video at 30 fps using four MPPA®-256 processors which consume less than 50 Watts altogether. Decoding and live display on a commercially available Ultra HD TV is being performed by a single MPPA based EMB01 embedded board, which was recently announced by KALRAY.
KALRAY and DivX plan to host private demonstrations at Caesars Palace. The MPPA MANYCORE processor opens exciting new perspectives to the video broadcast market as it can either power low energy footprint contribution Ultra HD encoders or bring more energy efficiency to cloud infrastructures used by content providers to encode, decode or transcode multi-format and premium videos for the growing demand of multi-screen devices including tablets and smartphones.
DivX HEVC is part of an end-to-end solution helping to accelerate the adoption of the next-generation compression standard across the entire video distribution system. The solution includes MainConcept® encoding SDKs for professional content creators, the DivX Video Service™ with studio approved DivX DRM for protected content delivery across multi-screen devices, and popular DivX consumer software tools for PC-based content creation and playback. In addition, DivX HEVC is integrated into the DivX Certification program that allows IC and OEM customers to quickly bring to market mobile and consumer electronics products that enable consistently high-quality DivX HEVC video playback.
“Video encoding standards are now evolving so rapidly and becoming so sophisticated that we are excited to work with Kalray to integrate DivX HEVC Ultra HD video streaming on hardware platforms that are high performance, energy efficient and fully software programmable. The MPPA MANYCORE architecture from KALRAY represents such a solution,” said Dr. Kanaan Jemili, senior vice president, product management at Rovi.
Yves Caseau, Executive Vice President of Bouygues Telecom confirms that “Performing the very first private demonstration of a complete Ultra HD HEVC encoding and decoding flow on its MPPA-256 processor as early as December 2013 was a truly stunning achievement from DivX and KALRAY.
Building a complete HEVC demonstrator in less than 3 months is the best proof of the agility and power the MPPA MANYCORE technology brings to the market. KALRAY and DivX prove that the technology is getting ready to deploy UHD (4K) resolution content.”
Joel Monnier, President and CEO of KALRAY, recalls that “Image and video processing has always been one of KALRAY’s key target markets since the early days of the company. Combining the scalability of the MPPA architecture with its energy efficiency and its high level programming models is our key differentiator today. Building this UHD HEVC encoder with conventional technology would have either required several hundreds of Watt with traditional multicore CPUs or more than a year of work to produce an FPGA based solution.”
Come visit KALRAY at the next CES Las Vegas Jan 7-10, 2014, Eureka Park, Venetian, Level 1, Booth #73102.