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MPEG Digital Video Compression Usage

As more people access digital video on consumer electronics (CE) devices, applications for MPEG digital video compression technology are expanding -- particularly in portable CE devices, according to the latest market study by In-Stat.

As a result, shipments of MPEG Integrated Circuits (ICs), which support hardware compression and decompression of digital video, will reach 2 billion units by 2013.

"Compression technology continues to improve, offering lower bit rates and higher quality, as well as lower cost and power," says Michelle Abraham, In-Stat analyst.

H.264 compression is finding a home in most new MPEG ICs targeting both line-powered and mobile devices.

In-Stat's latest study found the following:

- Qualcomm was the leader in the mobile MPEG codec IC market for mobile handsets, while Zoran leads among “Other Mobile Applications”, followed closely by Samsung.

- MPEG IC market share differs among the various types of line-powered consumer electronics, such as set top boxes, TVs, and DVD equipment. The leaders include Broadcom, MediaTek, NXP, Sigma Designs and STMicroelectronics.

The key technology trends include:

- H.264 compression has superseded MPEG-2 in many line-powered applications.

- The Scalable Video Codec (SVC) extension to the H.264 is a major enhancement coming to the MPEG digital video system.

- With the standardization of 3D Blu-ray, multiview video coding (MVC), another extension of H.264, gains in importance.

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