In the News 2019-06-12T09:41:56-04:00

Latest News on AOMedia and AV1

News on the subject of AOMedia and the creation and adoption of its revolutionary new AV1 video codec is fast and furious. Below is an up-to-date resource of AOMedia and AV1 in the news.

Samsung’s new QLED TV can make any video 8K

MyBroadband – January 6, 2020

Samsung has announced its new range of 8K QLED TVs at CES 2020. The flagship Q950TS is Samsung’s first TV to combine premium 8K picture quality, surround sound audio, and an ultra-thin form factor.

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New Brand Targets US With Innovative OLED And 8K TVs

Forbes – January 5, 2020

It’s starting to look like one of the biggest trends of the imminent CES in Las Vegas is the growth of Chinese influence on the global TV scene.

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Samsung’s Q950 QLED 8K TV is 99 percent screen

InputMag – January 5, 2020

While Samsung’s Neon “artificial human” might be the most anticipated announcement of CES, that’s not the only captivating product the company is bringing to Las Vegas. At CES 2020, it is introducing its Q950 TV, an 8K set with a display that’s almost bezel-less. Samsung is calling this stunning design “Infinite,” which it says allows the picture to cover nearly 99 percent of the TV screen in front of you. Better yet, not only is the Q950 QLED 8K is super sharp — sharper than your eyes can handle, even — but it’s also incredibly slim at only 15mm in thickness.

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LG unveils eight ‘Real 8K’ OLED and LCD TVs ahead of CES

The Verge – January 3, 2020

LG has announced eight 8K TVs, ahead of CES. There are two OLED models which are 77 and 88-inches big, and six LCDs measuring between 65 and 75-inches. LG is yet to announce pricing or availability information for any of the sets, but it’s keen to emphasize that they’ll all offer “Real 8K,” in what appears to be a shot across the bow at Samsung and its recently announced certification from the 8K Association.

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LG delivers ‘Real 8K’ in 2020 with eight new OLED and LCD TVs

Engadget – January 2, 2020

With CES about to start, LG has unveiled some hints about its new top of the line TVs for 2020 without mentioning prices or release dates. In this era that means jumping from 4K to 8K, and the company will have eight new models that it says promise “Real 8K” performance that “exceeds” the CTA’s spec for 8K.

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Intel SVT-AV1 0.8 AV1 Video Encoding Benchmarks

Phoronix (blog) – December 22, 2019

On Friday Intel released SVT-AV1 0.8 with more AVX2/AVX-512 optimizations for this one of the fastest CPU-based AV1 open-source video encoders (and growing decoding support too). Here are some benchmarks of SVT-AV1 0.8 compared to the previous v0.7 release on various Intel and AMD systems.

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SDMC DV8919 Amlogic S905X4 Android TV 10 TV Box Supports AV1 Decoding

CNX Software (blog) – December 22, 2019

We’ve previously covered several TV box & set-top box SoCs with support for the royalty-free AV1 video codec including Broadcom BCM7218X SoC, and Amlogic S805X2, S905X4, and S908X processors.

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SVT-AV1 0.8 Brings More AVX2/AVX-512 Optimizations, Multi-Threaded Decode Support

Phoronix (blog) – December 20, 2019

Intel’s Scalable Video Technology SVT-AV1 video encoder/decoder for AV1 content has already been the speediest of the various solutions we have tried, but now a new release is available and it looks to be even faster for CPU-based AV1 video encode/decode.

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Rav1e 0.2 Rust AV1 Encoder Released With 40~70% Improvements Over Previous Release

Phoronix (blog) – December 19, 2019

Compared to the inaugural Rav1e 0.1 release just over one month ago, Rav1e 0.2 was released on Wednesday with 40~70% better performance depending upon the encode settings.

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LG Starts Shipping 8K TV Upgrade Box

Forbes – December 17, 2019

Much as I loved LG’s OLED88Z9 8K OLED TV when I reviewed it a few weeks ago, in some ways it wasn’t really an 8K TV. Sure, both the Z9 and its (less impressive) LCD-based 75SM9970/75SM9900 sibling carried the necessary 7680×4320 pixel count.

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LG Starts Shipping 8K TV Upgrade Box

Forbes – December 17, 2019

Much as I loved LG’s OLED88Z9 8K OLED TV when I reviewed it a few weeks ago, in some ways it wasn’t really an 8K TV. Sure, both the Z9 and its (less impressive) LCD-based 75SM9970/75SM9900 sibling carried the necessary 7680×4320 pixel count. Neither set, however, carried the video decoding required to handle the vast majority of potential native 8K sources.

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Reports Show HEVC Usage on the Rise

StreamingMedia – December 16, 2019

I know Thanksgiving was a couple of weeks ago, but as we close out the year, I want to say thank you to the three suppliers of codec-related usage data—Bitmovin, Encoding.com, and LiveU—and summarize the data they supplied us in 2019. This will put the stamp on what we know this year and set the stage for 2020. I’ll discuss these in the order that they were published, starting with Encoding.com.

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Android TV 10 Update Expected to Rollout Soon: Here’re the Top 6 Changes that You Need to Know

MySmartPrice Gear – December 15, 2019

A little while ago, Google announced the latest iteration for Android TV. Android TV 10 is soon going to hit the markets and in case you own one smart TV that runs on Google’s skin for televisions, you might be interested in knowing as to what all new features the Android TV 10 brings with itself. In case you are, you are certainly at the right place as we are going to list down the top 6 changes the latest Android TV 10 update comes with that you definitely need to know.

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Intel’s SVT-AV1 0.7.5 Released With AVX2 + AVX-512 Optimizations

Phoronix (blog) – November 26, 2019

Intel’s crew maintaining the Scalable Video Technology open-source video encoders on Monday issued a new pre-release of SVT-AV1 in an effort to further speed-up AV1 video encoding on CPUs.

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MediaTek Announces Dimensity 1000 SoC: Back To The High-End With 5G

AnandTech – November 26, 2019

Today MediaTek is announcing the new Dimensity 1000 SoC – the company’s new 5G flagship SoC for 2019 and early 2020. The announcement really isn’t too much of a surprising new reveal, as the “5G SoC” was announced some time ago in May with the company describing its 5G capabilities as well as the inclusion of the new Cortex-A77 and Mali-G77 IPs. What MediaTek does today however is to officially name the new chipset, and go into a few more details on the specifications.

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Qualcomm has flagship competition: MediaTek Dimensity 1000 5G chipset announced

Android Authority – November 26, 2019

MediaTek announced its first 5G processor (MT6885Z) earlier this year. We later learned it used Arm’s latest CPU and GPU technology and offered an integrated 5G modem. Now, the Taiwanese chip designer has fully detailed its new chipset, giving it a name, too.

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Rav1e Squeezes Out More Performance For This Rust-Written AV1 Encoder

Phoronix (blog) – November 20, 2019

Intel’s SVT-AV1 video encoder for AV1 is currently the fastest AV1 CPU-based encoder we have seen but it’s looking like in due time Rav1e could be closing in on it if they continue with their current trajectory.

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3 Takeaways From Moscow State University’s 2019 Codec Comparison

StreamingMedia.com – November 15, 2019

From my perspective, one of the most useful and credible codec analyses comes from Moscow State University, which just published its 2019 Video Codec Comparison. This essential resource includes multiple HEVC codecs, plus VP9 and AV1. As always, you’ll have to pay to get all the data ($760 through 11/30/2109, $950 thereafter), but the free version provides useful data points.

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Handbrake 1.3 video converter out with major improvements

Ghacks Technology News – November 13, 2019

Handbrake is a long-standing open source cross-platform application to convert video formats using built-in presets and advanced features.

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Silicon IP Provider Allegro DVT Acquires Amphion Semiconductor to Create a New Leader in the Video Codec IP Space

Display Daily (press release) – November 13, 2019

Allegro DVT, the leading provider of video codec compliance test suites and semiconductor video IPs, announced the acquisition of Amphion Semiconductor, the Belfast-based developer of video codec semiconductor IP solutions. The resulting company will operate under the Allegro DVT brand from its existing offices in Grenoble, France and Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Rav1e 0.1 Marks This Rust-Written AV1 Encoder’s First Official Release

Phoronix (blog) – November 9, 2019

Rav1e has been in development for more than one year now as the “safest and fastest AV1 encoder” thanks to being written in Rust while now their first official release is available.

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Socionext Breaks New Ground in Real-Time AV1 Encoding with AWS

Socionext – October 31, 2019

Whether they’re catching an NFL match on gameday or binging the latest season of Stranger Things, consumers have come to expect nothing but the best from live and on-demand streaming video experiences. For content producers and distributors, this means creating high-quality video that audiences can enjoy with low latency is imperative.

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dav1d 0.5.1 Boosts AV1 Video Decode For Older CPUs by 40~50%

Phoronix (blog) – October 28, 2019

While marketed as a point release, the dav1d 0.5.1 “Asiatic Cheetah” release is quite significant for those needing to perform AV1 video decoding on older processors.

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Agora.io joins AOMedia

CSI Magazine – October 25, 2019

The provider of voice, video and streaming platforms, has joined the AOMedia group as a Promoter member.

Agora joins a growing list of members including Amazon, ARM, Cisco, Facebook, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, Netflix, NVIDIA, Samsung Electronics, and, most recently, China’s Tencent.

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Agora.io Joins the Alliance for Open Media

Bloomberg – October 24, 2019

The Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia) today announced that Agora.io, the
leading voice, video, and live interactive streaming platform, has joined as a
Promoter member. Agora utilizes machine learning and proprietary network
technology to deliver high-quality, low latency experiences globally across
mobile, web and desktop apps.

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Agora.io Joins the Alliance for Open Media

Yahoo Finance – October 24, 2019

The Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia) today announced that Agora.io, the leading voice, video, and live interactive streaming platform, has joined as a Promoter member. Agora utilizes machine learning and proprietary network technology to deliver high-quality, low latency experiences globally across mobile, web and desktop apps.

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Chips&Media Delivers The World’s First Commercial AV1 Hardware Decoder IP, WAVE510A

Design and Reuse (press release) – October 22, 2019

SEOUL, October 22, 2019 – leading hardware IP provider, Chips&Media recently announced the arrival of WAVE510A, the world’s first commercial AV1 hardware decoder IP that supports the next generation AV1 standard, an open royalty-free video coding format designed for high-quality video transmissions over the internet.

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Chips&Media Launches Wave510A Hardware AV1 Decoder IP

AnandTech – October 21, 2019

Chips&Media this month has started to license out its Wave510A hardware decoder IP, the industry’s first AV1 video decoder. The base decoder core supports decoding up to 4Kp60, but it can be scaled out to handle 4Kp120 and 8Kp60 resolutions as well. The IP is designed to be integrated into SoCs for various applications, including televisions, STBs, smartphones, and PCs. Meanwhile, since the Wave510A only decodes AV1 streams, it will likely be licensed by parties who want to add AV1 to their existing SoCs.

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Chips&Media Launches Wave510A Hardware AV1 Decoder IP

AnandTech – October 21, 2019

Chips&Media this month has started to license out its Wave510A hardware decoder IP, the industry’s first AV1 video decoder. The base decoder core supports decoding up to 4Kp60, but it can be scaled out to handle 4Kp120 and 8Kp60 resolutions as well. The IP is designed to be integrated into SoCs for various applications, including televisions, STBs, smartphones, and PCs. Meanwhile, since the Wave510A only decodes AV1 streams, it will likely be licensed by parties who want to add AV1 to their existing SoCs.

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Silicon IP provider Allegro DVT acquires Amphion for video codecs

FierceElectronics – October 21, 2019

Allegro DVT, a provider of video codec compliance test suites and semiconductor video IPs, has acquired Amphion Semiconductor, the Belfast-based developer of video codec semiconductor IP solutions. The resulting company will operate under the Allegro DVT brand from its existing offices in Grenoble, France, and Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Amlogic S805X2, S905X4, and S908X AV1 Full HD/4K/8K Media Processors to Launch in 2020

CNX Software (blog) – October 20, 2019

AOMedia AV1 open, royalty-free video codec has come a long way since it was first introduced in 2016, and we’ve recently seen AV1 hardware video decoding integrated into higher-end STB SoCs such as Broadcom BCM7218X or Realtek RTD1311/RTD1319 processors.

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CNX.Software, AV1 codec is also coming to lower-cost media processors as shown by Amlogic 2020 roadmap

CNX Software – October 20, 2019

AOMedia AV1 open, royalty-free video codec has come a long way since it was first introduced in 2016, and we’ve recently seen AV1 hardware video decoding integrated into higher-end STB SoCs such as Broadcom BCM7218X or Realtek RTD1311/RTD1319 processors.

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Deep-learning based precoding techniques for next-generation video compression

IBC365 – October 17, 2019

Several research groups worldwide are currently investigating how deep learning may advance the state-of-the-art in image and video coding. An open question is how to make deep neural networks work in conjunction with existing (and upcoming) video codecs, such as MPEG AVC/H.264, HEVC, VVC, Google VP9 and AOMedia AV1, as well as existing container and transport formats.

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Silicon IP Provider Allegro DVT Acquires Amphion Semiconductor to Create a New Leader in the Video Codec IP Space

Yahoo Finance – October 15, 2019

GRENOBLE, France and BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Oct. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Allegro DVT, the leading provider of video codec compliance test suites and semiconductor video IPs, today announced the acquisition of Amphion Semiconductor, the Belfast-based developer of video codec semiconductor IP solutions. The resulting company will operate under the Allegro DVT brand from its existing offices in Grenoble, France and Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Tencent joins AV1 codec group Alliance for Open Media

IBC – October 3, 2019

Tencent has joined the Alliance for Open Media, the organisation responsible for AV1, the royalty-free, open-source codec for delivering video over the web.

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