Media accelerator for streaming and e-learning applications and more

21-06-2024 | Mouser Electronics | Semiconductors

Mouser now stocks the Alveo MA35D media accelerator from AMD/Xilinx. The media accelerator is an AI-enabled, ASIC-based video processing PCIe card for high-density, ultra-low latency streaming for video collaboration, social live events, telemedicine, cloud gaming, auctions, eLearning applications, and more.

The media accelerator is powered by an application-specific integrated circuit-based video processing unit built for high-density, ultra-low latency streaming. Each device (2x per card) features four discrete encoder engines, featuring two 5nm, ASIC-based VPUs supporting the AV1 compression standard, allowing streaming providers to scale multiple standards concurrently to new and legacy endpoints. By performing all video processing functions on the VPU, data movement between the CPU and accelerator is minimised, lowering overall latency and maximising channel density with up to 32x 1080p60, 8x 4Kp60, or 4x 8Kp30 streams per card. The platform also delivers ultra-low latency support for the mainstream H.264 and H.265 codecs and features next-generation AV1 transcoder engines providing up to a 52% reduction in bitrate for bandwidth savings versus comparable software.

The accelerator also features an integrated AI processor and dedicated video quality engines developed to evaluate content, frame-by-frame, and dynamically adjust encoder settings to improve perceived visual quality while minimising bitrate. Optimisation techniques include ROI encoding for text and face resolution, artefact detection to correct scenes with high levels of motion and complexity, and content-aware encoding for predictive insights for bitrate optimisation.


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