V-Nova and NGCodec team to deliver real-time UHD encoding on single FPGA | 4K/UltraHD | News | Rapid TV News
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Video compression firms V-Nova and NGCodec have announced a partnership to jointly develop an FPGA encoding solution which is claimed to deliver market-leading Ultra HD video bitrates.

V NOVA logo with strapline white out CMYKThe solution is attributed with the ability to enable broadcasters, operators and service providers to benefit from the most advanced video compression in what is said to be a very cost-effective form factor. Indeed, V-Nova and NGCodec claim that the new solution is capable of delivering and encoding cost reductions up to fifty times (50x) when compared with a software HEVC solution running on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

NGCodec RealityCodec HEVC/H.265 encoders run on FPGAs instead of CPUs in data centres. FPGAs are programmed at the hardware level and, says Nova and NGCodec, hence provide 10x more performance than CPUs. By using FPGAs in public data centres like AWS, the companies believe that encoding costs can be significantly reduced whilst still providing very high compression efficiency.
The joint solution also uses V-Nova’s PERSEUS 2 alongside the highly performing NGCodec’s RealityCodec, the enabling broadcasters, operators and service providers to run UHDp60 frame rates in real-time on a single FPGA.

“The next generation of PERSEUS supports more platforms than ever, including FPGAs, making it perfectly suited for NGCodec’s RealityCodec encoders,” said V-Nova  CEO and co-founder Guido Meardi. “NGCodec RealityCodec  ** is outperforming software encoders at the highest quality settings. The combination of our technologies is able to encode UHD in real-time at 60fps on a single AWS F1 instance, providing dramatic operational savings to help the industry maximise today’s infrastructure and making a business case for new services.”