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April 14, 2015, 6:39 am
TICO® Compression Supporters Announce the Launch of the TICO Alliance to Move to 4K/UHD in Live Broadcast Production.
The new TICO® compression technology will ease the challenge of moving 4K/UHD over current SDI infrastructure and IP Networks
Las Vegas, NV – April 8, 2015 – Leading Broadcast equipment manufacturers,
OEM providers, broadcasters, electronics brands and technology companies
announced today the launch of the TICO Alliance. TICO is a new lightweight compression
technology, which enables 4K UHD to be transported over legacy SDI
infrastructure and modern IP production and contribution networks. TICO has been developed by intoPIX and work is
now ongoing at the SMPTE to publish TICO as Registered Disclosure Document
(RDD) for the benefit of the entire broadcast and media industry.
is a coalition of companies united to set the bar for next generation infrastructure
by establishing TICO in the new IP-based Live production ecosystem that allows
to seamless update and upgrade the existing SDI-based workflows. The group is
created to ease 4KUHD adoption over the current SDI and the new IP-based
The group is
formed by leading companies supporting intoPIX’s effort to promote TICO
compression for UHD workflows: Altera Corporation, Artel Video Systems, Embrionix,
Grass Valley, Image Matters, Imagine Communications, Keisoku Giken, Macnica
Americas, Nevion, Ross Video, Xilinx and will be extended to all new supporters
Benefits of TICO compression for UHD, SDI-based
and IP-based Broadcast Production
transportation of UHDTV streams across the IP network or the existing 3G-SDI
infrastructure, a new smart, fast and light compression is needed. 10 GB
Ethernet or 3G-SDI networks are widely deployed and operated cost effectively
within the Broadcast landscape.
help Broadcasters to fully benefit from a seamless, integrated and high-quality
Ultra-HD ecosystem from end-to-end. With a visually lossless compression up to
4:1, TICO enables the mapping of a single 4K/UHD 2160p60 stream over a single
3G-SDI link. Over 10Gbps Ethernet, it allows the simultaneous transmission of up
to 3 streams of 4K/UHD 2160p60.
provides an extremely low latency (limited to just a few pixel lines),
preserves video quality across multiple generations of encoding/decoding, fits into
the smallest cost effective FPGA devices and runs also efficiently in software. This technology is designed to enhance live
IP systems by increasing efficiency and reducing cost for both HD and 4K/UHD
First step toward standardization and adoption
2014, intoPIX announced the creation of a Registered Disclosure Document (RDD)
at SMPTE. This will ease the integration
process of all new adopters and supporters of the TICO compression and shares
recommendations to map 4KUHD TICO streams over 3G-SDI or IP Networked
infrastructures. The members of the TICO alliance are closely collaborating
with intoPIX on the SMPTE RDD draft document.
TICO Alliance Members say:
Altera: Umar Mughal, Director Broadcast
Business Unit: “As the Broadcast industry moves to Ultra HD with higher
resolutions, higher frame rates, and better pixels delivering an overall better
quality experience to customers, Broadcasters are faced with the challenge of
getting more data through the same or limited transportation connections. Our
customers are now able to implement TICO to allow them to quickly upgrade their
products without needing to change existing infrastructures and meet the needs
of the next generation video needs.
There is also added benefit of visually lossless compression to reduce
overall ecosystem costs including the reduction of external memory bandwidth
Artel Video Systems: Richard Dellacanonica, President: “The transition to 4K UHD is
inevitable and with it comes significant technical challenges related to
transporting it uncompressed. Standard fiber and IP infrastructures
designed to handle such large data requirements cost effectively currently do
not exist, thus in most cases mezzanine compression will be required.
TICO, with its low overhead, latency, and virtually losses quality, is the
ideal compression format for that application and we are pleased to be involved
with the consortium.”
Embrionix : ‘’In our changing market, a variety of formats
will be available and used in production environments. Embrionix is pleased to
collaborate in the TICO consortium to allow SFP, SFP+ based products to support
TICO in addition to other transport formats without the major investment cost
of a new infrastructure. The emSFP with TICO codec will enable seamless path to
IP and to UHDTV integration.’’
Grass Valley - Charles Meyer, CTO Production: “Our Company sees the advantage of TICO for live
production environments. The UHDTV roadmap calls for ever increasing data
rates. TICO allows us to provide our customers infrastructure
scalability for the next decade while simultaneously reducing latency to
Matters – Jean-François Nivart CTO: “TICO has a
With a typical compression ratio up to 4:1, TICO fills the gap between improved
video quality expectations and actual data transport links! It perfectly
completes the image compression technology range. The efficient MPEG
standards compress images with ratios higher than 30 to 1 to cast them to the
end-viewer. The high quality JPEG 2000 standard is used in DCP and IMF
with compression ratio between 8 and 30 to 1 to protect the viewer experience
and preserve image quality for future generations. The TICO offers a new and
efficient implementation to carry the highest video data throughput on local
production and post-production network. It keeps the quality through
Ethernet and SDI. It enables easy implementation on CPU, GPU and FPGA. Image Matters will be proud to support the TICO with its IM-X
product range enabling OEMs for a fast and easy UHD adoption.”
Imagine Communications - Steve Reynolds, CTO “Imagine
Communications is focused on enabling 4K/UHD for our customers. We see both 3G SDI and 10GbE as essential
parts of that ecosystem and we are fully supportive of the TICO initiative.
Collaboration among industry leaders in establishing universal standards is
critical as we address the challenges of moving the industry towards live
production of 4K/UHD.”
intoPIX, Gael Rouvroy, CTO : “Broadcast industry faces
heavy investments to enable the transport of 4K video in a regular way. Using a
TICO light-weight video compression, over 10GbE IP Networks or through 3G-SDI
mapping is a smart upgrade path to manage UHDTV 4K, higher frame rates and more
streams while assuring visual quality and very low hardware complexity and cost”
Keisoku Giken : "TICO
is the superior technology which will overturn the common sense of the relation
between beautiful images and the bandwidth."
Macnica Americas – Marc Levy, CTO :
“TICO compression is a very exciting product, and the answer to transporting
UHD live video over the same network infrastructure as HD or 3G live video with
minimal impact on the gate count and latency, and no impact on visual quality.
We are actively integrating TICO into our SMPTE 2022 High Bit Rate Video
transport solution, and expect TICO to become an integral part of high-bit rate
video transport for many years to come.”
Nevion: “The move to UHD for content production and
distribution, with higher resolution, higher frame rates, and higher dynamic
range, represents another large step change of increased bandwidth and
processing requirements. At the same time, the industry is trying to do more
with less; putting content on new distribution channels while reducing
production cost. This is where TICO lightweight compression will come to the
rescue, allowing broadcasters and content producers to take advantage of these
new exiting formats in live production, engaging audiences in a new way, while
still keeping the data rates for UHD signals below 10G. This is important
because it will mean we can take full advantage of the commoditization and
cost-savings of 3G-SDI uncompressed video links, 10G Ethernet and IP
Ross Video -
Troy English, CTO: “TICO offers a
great compromise between quality, bit rate and size to implement. We are
actively evaluating it for potential future applications in live
production. Ross Video likes to get on board and encourage interoperable
solutions like TICO.”
Xilinx - Aaron Behman, Director, Broadcast and Pro A/V Segment: “Xilinx recognizes that demands for faster
line rates to support 4K, 8K, higher frame rates and higher dynamic range means
that low-latency, lightweight compression offered by TICO provides our customers,
broadcast production equipment vendors, the ability to control costs of
implementation without sacrificing video quality. By combining TICO with our
high speed transceivers to support uncompressed and compressed paths, we can
now offer a scalable, future-proof and low-risk way to get products to market
About the TICO Alliance at NAB Show 2015
The show is
taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 13 through 16. Several
demos using TICO are organized by the Alliance supporters including Altera,
Grass Valley, Imagine Communications, intoPIX, Nevion, Macnica Americas and
Xilinx, leveraging 4KUHD over 10GbE IP Networks or 3G-SDI infrastructure,
2015, intoPIX is showing the TICO FPGA IP-cores and implementations combining
TICO with the SMPTE 2022 IP transport standard with 3G-SDI mapping with
partners such as Altera, Macnica Americas and Xilinx.
the TICO compression technology, intoPIX has released first UHD4K 60P TICO
codecs running on FPGA and real-time CPU, designed to address the move of the Broadcast
industry towards a fully networked IP ecosystem. More FPGA & Software product releases are
scheduled for release after the show, during Q2 & Q3 of 2015.
September 15, 2015, 5:14 am
intoPIX, leading provider of video compression solutions, today announced that its TICO lightweight video compression technology has extended its performance on FPGA and CPU platforms. TICO FPGA-powered products can be deployed on current and legacy generation of FPGAs used in Broadcast infrastructures to support UHD/4K. The extended FPGA performances enable also to support UHD/4K at 120fps or even HD up to 480fps in a single FPGA core.
September 15, 2015, 4:51 am
BELGIUM, Mont-Saint-Guibert, September 10, 2015 — intoPIX today announced Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, has succesfully integrated intoPIX TICO lightweight compression into a suite of its live production solutions providing support for 4K 1-wire transmission. The TICO 4:1 visually lossless compression from intoPIX carries a high-quality signal across a single wire, which eases the broadcast transition towards IP and 4K/UHD while simplifying connectivity.
September 15, 2015, 4:03 am
TICO Alliance Moves Forward With SMPTE For Transporting UHD-4K Over IP And SDI, Adds New Members And Shows Live 4K Demos At IBC 2015. The rapidly growing membership reflects the importance of TICO® to ease the move to 4K and IP within Broadcast Production facilities.
April 4, 2014, 8:27 am
Belgium, Mont-Saint-Guibert: 4 April 2014– intoPIX has today officially released its smart SMPTE2022 video over IP reference design based on Xilinx FPGAs. For this reference design, intoPIX has developed a new MPEG2-TS encapsulation layer for their JPEG2000 compression IP-core and has co-integrates the Xilinx SMPTE2022-1/2 IP-core.
April 4, 2014, 8:06 am
BELGIUM, Mont-Saint-Guibert - At the upcoming NAB show, the leading technology provider intoPIX (booth C5243) is announcing new IEEE 802.1 and IEEE1722 Ethernet AVB (Audio Video Bridging) FPGA IP-cores made to boost the Broadcast studios and facilities transition towards a fully networked infrastructure with a cost effective and future-proof standard that offers a maximum of reliability, quality and interoperability.
March 24, 2014, 10:27 am
intoPIX and Macnica Americas demonstrate 4K future proof and interoperable SMPTE2022 JPEG2000 video over IP FPGA reference design at NAB 2014 The ready-to-use ST2022 reference design successfully participated in the J2K VSF Interop Event during Vidtrans 2014
March 21, 2014, 10:34 am
At the upcoming NAB show, intoPIX (booth C5243) is showcasing the world first hardware implementation of the TICO patent-pending lightweight disruptive compression technology running on FPGA.
December 16, 2013, 6:10 am
Belgium, Mont-Saint-Guibert and Czech Republic, Brno : 13 November 2013 – intoPIX , leading provider of FPGA-based JPEG2000 solutions and Comprimato, leading provider of GPU-based JPEG2000 solutions inked an agreement to join forces in marketing of advanced JPEG2000 solutions based on the J2K GPU solution developed by Comprimato.
September 10, 2013, 6:50 am
msterdam, RAI, 12 September 2013 – At IBC, intoPIX (10.D31), the leading expert of JPEG 2000 compression, officially introduces a new range of JPEG2000-RAW IP-cores for FPGA that manage HD, 4K or 8K Bayer image sensor output from 10 to 16-bit with an efficient raw Visually lossless compression at various frame rates.
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