Argon Design licenses HEVC/H.265 streams technology to Advanced Micro Devices


13-03-2014

Argon Design Ltd., a leading supplier of advanced video verification solutions, has announced the licensing of their Streams and Coverage Tool to Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD), a leading global semiconductor company. AMD will use Argon’s technology to validate its video decoder design and ensure that its designs are fully compatible with the latest HEVC video compression specification.

Argon Streams is a comprehensive set of test bit-streams that are generated directly from the HEVC specification. This technique avoids duplicating any subtle errors or ambiguities that are present in the HEVC reference code.

The companion Coverage Tool provides a detailed view of which equations, values, symbols and parameters of HEVC have been tested by Argon Streams. By measuring the coverage of the specification, Argon Streams has been optimized to reduce the size and number of test bit-streams, which in turn drastically reduces simulation time, while still providing full and demonstrable coverage of all aspects of the specification.

“Using Argon Streams as an element of our HEVC decoder verification strategy has helped AMD to build a high confidence that our decoder design is fully compatible with the HEVC specifications,” said Gordon Kerr, Director of Multimedia IP at AMD. “Argon’s novel approach helps to provide comprehensive verification coverage in an efficient manner, accelerating time-to-market for our next generation high performance ultra-low power decoder designs.”

Alan Scott, CEO of Argon Design says, “AMD has been an ideal customer for us. At their suggestion, we have been able to add several additional features in to Argon Streams to enhance their effectiveness.”

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