Video applications for digital signal processors (DSPs) have grown enormously in recent years, thanks to many creative system designers who are taking advantage of the power and flexibility of programmable DSPs. Development is being driven by innovative video compression and decompression algorithms such as H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10/AVC, which delivers the same video quality at half the bit rate as the traditional MPEG-2 algorithm. The resulting low-bandwidth requirements are creating excitement in the video infrastructure and entertainment industries, where transmissions range in quality from standard definition (SD) digital video comparable to analog TV, to high definition (HD) with up to six times the SD resolution and data load.