As consumers access digital video on more devices, applications for MPEG digital video compression technology are expanding, particularly in portable devices, according to In-Stat.

As a result, shipments of MPEG ICs, which support 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,” said Michelle Abraham, In-Stat analyst, in a statement. “H.264 compression is finding a home in most new MPEG ICs targeting both line-powered and mobile devices.”

In-Stat’s research "Worldwide MPEG IC Market" found:

  • Qualcomm was the leader in the mobile MPEG codec IC market for mobile handsets, while Zoran led among “Other Mobile Applications,” followed by Samsung.
  • MPEG IC market share differs among 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.
  • H.264 compression has superseded MPEG-2 in many line-powered applications.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 MPEG technology enhancement.
  • With the standardization of 3D Blu-ray, multiview video coding (MVC) gains in importance.

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