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Erlangen, Germany—Apr 13, 2012

Fraunhofer and Intopix Present DCP Creation with Real-Time JPEG 2000 Coding

Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS and Intopix cooperate in order to accelerate the creation process and mastering of digital cinema packages (DCP). The well-known software package easyDCP developed by Fraunhofer IIS now supports the hardware acceleration board PRISTINE from Intopix to allow for faster encoding of JPEG 2000 files, both visually or mathematically lossless, for resolutions from HD up to 4K. This extends the possibilities for post production facilities to optimize and speed up their workflow of DCP creation.

The most time-consuming part of DCP processing is the encoding and decoding of image files to and from standard compliant JPEG 2000 files. The easyDCP creator typically uses the computational power of CPUs in multiple threads for the creation of digital cinema packages. Also the CURATOR software of IIS, which is especially designed for digital archiving where mathematically lossless compression is required, works in the same way for the creation of digital archive packages. 

“Depending on the requirements and delivery constraints, there is a demand for higher encoding speeds in professional environments. This demand for creating DCPs and archival packages in real time or even faster can be met by using hardware acceleration,” explains Heiko Sparenberg, head of the Digital Cinema group at Fraunhofer IIS. The pool of expertise of IIS and Intopix for JPEG 2000 compression led to a solution which enables the user to choose between an easyDCP software-only solution or to pitch on a hardware acceleration with easyDCP and the PRISTINE board. DCPs can then be created with more than 24 frames per second.

“Together with Fraunhofer, we have done a seamless integration of the PRISTINE board into the easyDCP Creator workflow. The standard PCI-Express (8 Lanes) interface supports fast communication between the easyDCP software and the hardware acceleration board, where the encoding is done,” says Jean-Baptiste Lorent, product manager from Intopix.

Workflows for digital cinema production or lossless archiving will profit from this combination.

For more Information, visit us at the NAB 2012, April 16 – 19, Las Vegas, Center Hall/Bavarian Pavilion, Booth # C8444.

About Fraunhofer IIS: The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the leading organization for applied research in Europe. Its research activities are conducted by 66 institutes and re-search units at locations throughout Germany. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft employs a staff of more than 24,000, who work with an annual research budget totaling 2 billion euros.
 
Founded in 1985, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen, Germany, ranks first among the Fraunhofer Institutes concerning headcount and revenues. As the main inventor of mp3 and universally credited with the co-development of the AAC audio coding standard, Fraunhofer IIS has reached worldwide recognition. In close cooperation with partners and clients the Institute provides research and development services in the following areas: Audio & Multimedia, Communications Systems, Energy Management, IC Design and Design Automation, Imaging System, Medical Technology, Non-destructive Testing, Positioning, Safety and Security Technology, Sensor Systems plus Supply Chain Management.
 
More than 880 employees conduct contract research for industry, the service sector and public authorities. Fraunhofer IIS with its headquarters in Erlan-gen, Germany, has further branches in Dresden, Fuerth, Nuremberg, Coburg, Deggendorf, Ilmenau, Wuerzburg, Bamberg and Waischenfeld. The budget of 120 million euros is mainly financed by projects. Less than 25 percent of the budget is subsidized by federal and state funds.
Fraunhofer IIS Directory page About intoPIX s.a.: intoPIX is passionate about image. intoPIX offers leading-edge JPEG 2000 image compression, security and hardware enforcement IP-cores for audio-visual markets. Their implementation in the latest generation of FPGA chips provides today’s highest quality, most flexible and cost effective handling tools for high throughput data streams.  Located in Belgium, intoPIX is present at key locations around the world with subsidiaries in Japan and in the USA. Thanks to its first-class and recognized expertise in image technology & micro-electronics, the intoPIX team can guarantee a top-notch quality of product and support to every customer. intoPIX knows how to provide IP-Cores that work. intoPIX s.a. Directory page
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