AV1: the next generation of video codecs AV1 is touted to be the new video format for the Internet and is supposed to replace the well-known and proven MPEG format. AV1 codec is a performance-strong and license-free video codec and the brainchild of an alliance between Google’s VP10, Mozilla’s Daala and Cisco’s Thor. Over the last few years, MPEG codes including MPEG1, MPEG2, and MPEG4 variants ASP (DivX/XviD), AVC (H.264) and HEVC (H.265) were the measure of all things when it came to video streaming online. Streaming providers preferred HEVC for their 4K content. But MPEG formats have become the standard for highly compressed video files on DVDs, Blu-rays, and digital television as well. The lack of competition for MPEG formats is not only due to their technological superiority. Many of the algorithms are patented, which has always made it difficult for third-party providers to launch a comparable codec. This affects commercial use of HEVC since streaming providers require a license from MPEG as well as other licensing partners, including individual patent holders. AV1 hopes to avoid these difficulties and, at the same time, provide a technically advanced solution over previous formats. Contents What is AV1 codec? How does AV1 codec work? AV1 codec in comparison to other formats AV1 support How is AV1 codec being used? What is AV1 codec? AV1 is an open source video coding format designed to help businesses and individuals transmit high quality videos more efficiently online. Mozilla, Google, and Cisco are promoting the project to remove existing technological and financial barriers for users. The goal is for all users to gain access to powerful media formats and ultimately use them to exchange and playback video files on their open web platforms – such as the Firefox browser or YouTube. The creators of AV1 codec joined forces as part of the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia) which has been developing codecs, formats, and technologies for the open web since 2015. AOMedia Video 1 or AV1 in short is the first of its projects to be made available to the public. The open source, license-free AV1 codec is used to compress video files. Encoded files can be saved either as MP4 or MKV. Within WebM, AV1 can be used in conjunction with the audio format Opus to embed HTML5 videos. Why is AV1 important? According to research by […]
WHAT IS WI-FI 6? Wi-Fi 6 is the next generation standard in WiFi technology. Wi-Fi 6 also known as “AX WiFi” or “802.11ax WiFi” builds and improves on the current 802.11ac WiFi standard. Wi-Fi 6 was originally built in response to the growing number of devices in the world. If you own a VR device, multiple smart home devices, or simply have a large number of devices in your household, then a Wi-Fi 6 router might just be the best WiFi router for you. In this guide, we’ll go over Wi-Fi 6 routers and break down how they’re faster, increase efficiency, and are better at transferring data than previous generations. HOW FAST IS IT? The short but incomplete answer: 9.6 Gbps. That’s up from 3.5 Gbps on Wi-Fi 5. The real answer: both of those speeds are theoretical maximums that you’re unlikely to ever reach in real-world Wi-Fi use. And even if you could reach those speeds, it’s not clear that you’d need them. The typical download speed in the US is just 72 Mbps, or less than 1 percent of the theoretical maximum speed. But the fact that Wi-Fi 6 has a much higher theoretical speed limit than its predecessor is still important. That 9.6 Gbps doesn’t have to go to a single computer. It can be split up across a whole network of devices. That means more potential speed for each device. For new WiFi 6 android TV box, please check here.
CES 2020 is many things: Bright. Huge. Gaudy. Futuristic. Crammed to the brim with the latest tech advancements. The same descriptions apply to the TVs of CES. They’re everywhere, massive screens blaring brighter images than ever, backed with new tech such as MicroLED, Mini-LED, QLED, OLED, 8K, ATSC 3.0, HDMI 2.1 and so many more. You can’t walk 10 feet at CES without seeing pretty screens literally dripping with next-gen technology. The biggest headlines in 2020 were made by TVs such as Samsung’s massive The Wall and rotating Sero, LG’s roll-up OLED and LG Display’s roll-down OLED, and 8K models everywhere. They’re all cool-looking and innovative.
Android 10 is here! With this release, we focused on making your everyday life easier with features powered by on-device machine learning, as well as supporting new technologies like Foldables and 5G. At the same time, with almost 50 changes related to privacy and security, Android 10 gives you greater protection, transparency, and control over your data. This builds on top of our ongoing commitment to provide industry-leading security and privacy protections on Android. We also built new tools that empower people of all abilities, and help you find the right balance with technology. Here are the 10 things you should know, centered on innovation, security and privacy and digital wellbeing: Simpler, smarter, and more helpful 1. Smart Reply now suggests actions. So when someone sends you a message with an address or a YouTube video, you can open and navigate in Google Maps or open up the video in YouTube—no copying and pasting required. And Smart Reply now works across all your favorite messaging apps. 2. Come to the dark side… with Dark Theme. You can enable Dark Theme for your entire phone or for specific apps like Photos and Calendar. It’s easier on your eyes, and your phone battery too. 3. Take advantage of larger, edge-to-edge screens with the new gesture navigation. With simple swipes, you can go backwards, pull up the homescreen, and fluidly move between tasks. After switching, you won’t want to go back to visible buttons. 4. With a single tap, Live Caption will automatically caption videos, podcasts and audio messages across any app—even stuff you record yourself. Live Caption will become available this fall, starting with Pixel. New privacy and security features put you in control 5. You can choose to only share location data with apps while you’re using them. You’ll also receive reminders when an app that you are not actively using is accessing your location, so you can decide whether or not to continue sharing. 6. In a new Privacy section under Settings, you’ll find important controls like Web & App Activity and Ad Settings in one place. 7. With Google Play system updates, important security and privacy fixes can now be sent to your phone from Google Play, in the same way your apps update. So you get these fixes as soon as they’re available, without having to wait for a full OS update. Find the right […]
A few days ago, we wrote about upcoming quad core Cortex-A55 processors from Amlogic with S905X3, S905Y3, and S905D3 SoCs. Today, we got a little more information with a product brief including the main features, and a block diagram. Amlogic S905X3 is described as an “advanced application processor designed for hybrid OTT/ IP Set Top Box (STB) and high-end media box applications. Amlogic S905X3 Specifications: CPU Sub-system Quad core Arm Cortex-A55 CPU with Armv8-A Neon and Crypto extension, 8-stage in-order full dual issue pipeline, unified system L3 cache Arm Cortex-M3 core for system control processing Optional Arm Cortex-M4 core for always-on processing TrustZone Internal QoS based switching fabrics Optional Neural Network Accelerator – 1.2 TOPS NN inference accelerator supporting TensorFlow and Caffe 3D Graphics Processing Unit – Arm Mali G31MP2 GPU with support for OpenGL ES 3.2, Vulkan 1.0 and OpenCL 2.0 support 2.5D Graphics Processor Fast bitblt engine with dual inputs and single output Programmable raster operations (ROP) Programmable polyphase scaling filter Support for 4:2:0, 4:2:2, and 4:4:4 video formats, and multiple pixel formats (8/16/24/32 bits graphic layer) Fast color space conversion Advanced anti-flickering filter Crypto Engine AES block cipher with 128/256 bits keys TDES block cipher with ECB and CDC modes SM4 block cipher with ECB, CBC, CTR modes Hardware crypto key-ladder operation and DVB-CSA for transport stream encryption TRNG, CRC and SHA-1/SHA-2/HMAC SHA engine Video/Picture CODEC Amlogic Video Engine (AVE) with dedicated hardware decoders and encoders Support multi-video decoder up to 4x 1080p60 Support multiple secured video decoding sessions and simultaneous decoding and encoding Video/Picture Decoding VP9 Profile-2 up to 4Kx2K @ 60 fps H.265 HEVC MP-10 @ L5.1 up to 4Kx2K @ 60 fps AVS2-P2 Profile up to 4Kx2K @ 60 fps H.264 AVC HP @ L5.1 up to 4Kx2K @ 30 fps MPEG-4 ASP @ L5, WMV/VC-1, AVS-R16/AVS-R2 JiZhun Profile, MPEG-2, MPEG-1, and RealVideo 8/9/10 up to 1080p60 Multiple language and multiple format sub-title video support MJPEG and JPEG unlimited pixel resolution decoding (ISO/IEC-10918) Support JPEG thumbnail, scaling, rotation and transition effects Supports mkv, wmv, mpg, mpeg, dat, avi, mov, iso, mp4, rm, and jpg file formats Video/Picture Encoding Independent JPEG and H.264 encoder with configurable performance/bitrate JPEG image encoding H.265/H.264 video encoding up to 1080p60 with low latency 8th Generation Advanced Amlogic TruLife Image Engine Supports Dolby Vision (optional), HDR10+, HDR10, HLD and Technicolor HDR processing Motion compensated noise reduction, and […]