Transcoder enables narrow-channel transmission of HD video.

Press Release Summary:

Built on 90 nm process technology, MB86H52 compresses full HD (1,920 x 1,080) MPEG-2 video data to H.264 data, less than half its original size. This enables transmission of full HD video over narrow bandwidths while maintaining video quality. Suited for high-volume consumer products, transcoder operates at 216 MHz internal frequency and incorporates DDR2 memory with 324 MHz interface. Power requirements are 2 W, with 1.2 V typ during HD transcoding.

Original Press Release:

Fujitsu Introduces New H.264 Transcoder, Based on Industry-Leading Video Compression Technology

Video Compression from MPEG-2 to H.264 Extends Recording Time by a Factor of 2.5 for High-Volume Consumer Applications

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 28 -- Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) today extended its family of high-performance H.264-compliant ICs, announcing a new transcoder designed to compress full high definition (1920 x 1080) MPEG-2 video data to H.264 data for high-volume consumer applications.

The new Fujitsu MB86H52 can compress MPEG-2 video data to less than half its original size, enabling transmission of full HD video over narrow bandwidths while maintaining high video quality. The combination of capabilities makes the MB86H52 ideal for high-volume consumer products, including hard disk recorders (where recording time can be lengthened by more than 2.5 times), video recorders (PVRs) and set-top boxes (where the compression technologies reduce video data sizes significantly, creating longer recording times).

The transcoder operates at an internal frequency of 216MHz, and incorporates DDR2 memory, with a 324MHz interface. Power requirements are 2W, with 1.2V typical during HD transcoding.

The functionality of the new transcoder is based on video processing technology developed for the MB86H51, an H.264 CODEC introduced by Fujitsu in May 2007 (see related press release at The MB86H52 incorporates the full HD H.264 CODEC used in the MB86H51 for video encoding and decoding. As with all the members of the product family, the MB86H52 uses proprietary video compression algorithms developed by Fujitsu Laboratories to reduce the processing burden while producing superior image quality. Fujitsu's system memory technologies enable a compact system with low power consumption.

H.264 is the most recent international standard for video compression, jointly defined by the ITU-T (International Telecommunication Union, Telecommunication Standardization Sector) and ISO/IEC (International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission).

"The MB86H52 delivers an H.264 compression ratio that is 2.5 times the ratio of MPEG-2, providing customers with significant savings in total hard disk space," said Davy Yoshida, director of business development, Fujitsu Microelectronics America. "For bandwidth-limited applications that require transmission of high-definition video streams, the benefits of compressing from MPEG-2 to H.264 are compelling. The new MB86H52 transcoder is ideal for these applications."

Pricing and Availability

The new MB86H52 transcoder will be available in September. It is packaged in a 496-pin PBGA, and sample pricing will start at $250 each.
  MB86H52 Basic Specifications

Functions Transcoding Video MPEG-2 HD --> H.264 HD/SD
MPEG-2 SD --> H.264 SD
Audio Time stamp re-allocation
H.264 CODEC Video VBS <--> H.264 HD/SD
Audio ABS <--> MPEG-1 Audio Layer2, etc.

Video Profile MPEG-2 video main profile / high-level
H.264 high profile /Level 4.0 half-duplex
Resolution 1920x1080x60i/50i, 1440x1080x60i/50i,
1280x720x60p/50p, 720x480x60i,
Interface SMPTE274M/SMPTE296M-2001, ITU-R BT.656

Audio Formats MPEG-1 Audio Layer2, MPEG2-AAC (LC
profile), Linear PCM, Dolby(R)
Channels 2ch
Interface LR serial

System Format MPEG2-TS CBR/VBR
Stream Interface 8-bit parallel or serial

Host Interface General purpose 16-bit interface

Input Clock Frequency 27MHz

Operating Frequency Internal: 216MHz / DDR2 memory interface:

Power Consumption 2 Watt (typical 1.2V, at HD transcoding)

Package PBGA 496 pin, 27 sq. mm,
(1.0 mm ball pitch)

Process Technology 90nm

VBS: Video Baseband. Refers to uncompressed video data.
ABS: Audio Baseband. Refers to uncompressed audio data.

About Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.

Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) leads the industry in innovation. FMA provides high-quality, reliable semiconductor products and services for the networking, communications, automotive, security and other markets throughout North and South America. For more information please see or please address e-mail to

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CONTACT: Emi Igarashi of Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc., +1-408-737-5647,; or Dick Davies of Independent Public Relations, +1-415-652-7515,, for Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.

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