Intel launches AV1 Video encoder and decoder for processors with more efficiency and less power


Intel is a founding member of the Alliance for Open Media, so it is no surprise that it has created a new and more efficient video codec to become more widely available for content creators, end-users, and streaming providers. The company has released version 1.0, offering open-source, scalable video technology for encoding and decoding in CPUs. Intel's further AV1 decoding appeared in the company's Xe-LP GPUs as early as two years ago. Even better about Intel's newest version is that it is fully compatible with all current processors.

Intel's AV1 encoding and decoding capabilities will help end-users and streaming data servers bring high-quality content in a lighter process.

The AV1 open-source video codec was intended for high-def video resolutions, wide color ranges, and high-dynamic-range upgrades. AOMedia stated that its AV1 was 30% more productive than existing codecs (suggesting principally on H.265/HEVC that is intended for comparative 4K+ video content). One issue with exceptionally proficient codecs is that they are incredibly ravenous for assets and, by and large, require equipment speed increases to work accurately. However, current CPUs have many assets and next-gen instructions that the system can use to encode and decode, which is what SVT-AV1 does.

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SVT-AV1 is an adaptable encoder and decoder library that can exploit the multi-center nature of current CPUs and AVX2 guidelines. The SVT-AV1 likewise adds further AVX2 enhancements to help execution, picture quality upgrades, quick interpretation for additional preset levels, and S-outlines.

Intel's SVT-AV1 libraries are upheld on current x86 machines (Intel fifth Generation Core 'Broadwell' and higher) running many operating systems, such as Apple's macOS, Microsoft's Windows, and the open-source Linux OS.

The SVT-AV1 variant 1.0 delivery denotes an achievement in fostering the encoder/decoder libraries. Intel and Netflix at first began the SVT-AV1 venture to promote a creation quality AV1-encoder with execution levels pertinent to different applications, from premium video-on-request to constant and live encoding/transcoding. In August 2020, the SVT-AV1 encoded/unravel library was taken on by AOMedia's Software Implementation Working Group (SIWG) to make AV1 more famous.

Variant 1.0 of SVT-AV1 encoder and decoder libraries is an achievement and uplifting news for content makers and end clients. Notwithstanding, Intel presently offers Arctic Sound-M gas pedals in light of DG2 silicon that can deal with eight concurrent 4K streams and supports equipment sped up AV1 encoding and unraveling for organizations like Netflix.

The single-tile Intel Arctic Sound 1T highlights a Xe-HP GPU with 384 EUs and 16GB of HBM2E memory, offering a pinnacle data transfer capacity of up to 716 GB/s (which presumably implies that we are managing two heaps of HBM2E that utilization a 2048-cycle interface). The gas pedal is a short single-opening full-level card appraised for a 150W TDP.

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Intel's Arctic Sound 2T card conveys a Xe-HP GPU with two tiles, 960 EUs (480×2 to be more exact), and 32GB of HBM2E DRAM. The gas pedal purposes a full-length, full-level (FLFH) structure factor and is evaluated for a 300W TDP conveyed utilizing one eight-pin power connector. (One thing to remember is that IgorsLab altered the pictures of the cards to safeguard the source.)

Intel's Xe-HP engineering is far from the organization's Xe-LP design we know from the Iris Xe shopper grade GPUs. The Xe-HP card upholds seriously drifting point designs (e.g., FP16, FP32, FP64 for broadly applicable, bfloat16 design for AI/ML processing), more register explicit directions, DP4A convolution guidance for profound learning, and Intel's XMX expansions.

The datacenter-situated Xe-HP GPUs utilize all-new execution units (EUs) with different IPC enhancements, highlight HBM2E memory support, and are made utilizing Intel's exhibition streamlined 10nm SuperFin process innovation. So, the Xe-HP isn't the Xe-LP or Xe-HPG on steroids, yet something unique.

Intel presently permitted a few clients to review its Arctic Sound figure cards conveying single-tile Xe-HP executions. Intel declared a quad-tile Xe-HP implementation last year and, surprisingly, showed one of such gas pedals in real-life, presenting north of 42 FP32 TFLOPS of execution. Nonetheless, the organization isn't prepared to test it or test it with select clients.

Intel's Xe-HP plans are unclear as the organization never has nitty-gritty. We don't have the foggiest idea of how old these cards are and which setups Intel plans to deliver. In the interim, these two cards' EU count is lower than anticipated (expecting that one Xe-HP tile highlights 512 EU).