Thursday, September 12, 2013

IntoPix Presents TICO Light Video Compresion

Belgium-based IntoPix presents TICO - "visually lossless light compression specifically designed for the industry. This revolutionary technology is extremely tiny in hardware (FPGA, ASIC) , fast and powerful in software (CPU), robust for real-time operation with no latency." TICO is said to be "a smart upgrade path to manage higher resolutions (4K, 8K…) and frame rates while assuring visual quality, keeping power and bandwidth at a reasonable budget and reducing significantly the complexity and cost of the system." It features:
  • Visually Lossless quality between 2:1 and 4:1.
  • Persistent and Robust: Indistinguishable image loss over multiple generations
  • Latency: Few Microseconds – very few line of pixels ( selectable from 1 to x)
  • Small complexity and compact codec: easy to implement in low-cost FPGA or ASIC. It uses little internal memory and no external memory.
  • Powerful , Real-time or faster than real-time in CPU
  • Compatible with different resolutions, from mobile to 4K/8K UHDTV, via multiple usual transport schemes.
  • Designed to be a standard for the industry-wide support: TICO compression technology is available on multiple software and hardware technologies.


  1. is this related to the VESA standardization effort?

    does this codec have any rate control? what is the worst case bitrate generated?

  2. They didnt disclose anything - but I guess, this will be the Codec used by Grass Valley at their new LDX 3-Cmos Imager Camera. Codec was developed / Co-developed at Fraunhofer/IIS.

    There is no other Chance to transmit an 3G (1080/50p)signal over an 1200 metre Triax Cable. Only by Compression. This is confirmed by Grass Valley but they dont tell you anything more about. There should be no lack in picture Quality - the (End)User didnt realise any difference.

    I guess they use 1:9 to obtain an netto rate of ~ 250MB/s


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