MPEG IC shipments on track to reach 2bn units

As consumers access digital video on more devices, applications for MPEG digital video compression technology are expanding, particularly in portable devices, reports 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,” says Michelle Abraham, In-Stat analyst. “H.264 compression is finding a home in most new MPEG ICs targeting both line-powered and mobile devices.”

Research by In-Stat found:

– Qualcomm was the leader in the mobile MPEG codec IC market for mobile handsets, while Zoran leads among “Other Mobile Applications”, followed closely by Samsung.

– MPEG IC market share differs among the 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.

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