Already dominant in traditional applications such as video conferencing and TV broadcasting, H.264 Advanced Video Coding (AVC) standards are expanding into applications that benefit from the use of high-definition (HD) content that can be stored and networked efficiently. These applications typically take advantage of today’s highly integrated semiconductor solutions to minimize costs while achieving high-speed H.264 compression and decompression.

The emerging H.264 applications include:

  • Medical operating rooms, where video from HD cameras is streamed to other locations and/or stored for archival purposes
  • Universities and other educational institutions offering distance learning as well as an effective way for students to replay lectures
  • Rural telecommunication providers that want to broadcast content to small communities