H.264 decoders are beginning to appear in many solutions and the compression scheme is becoming more popular. Satellite-set top boxes continue to be the largest market for H.264 decoder ICs. In addition more and more DTVs are using H.264 decoder ICs rather than only MPEG-2. As a result, In-Stat expects H.264 decoder ICs to grow at an annual rate in excess of 20 percent through 2013.
“Advanced compression, such as H.264, is becoming popular due to its lower bit rate and smaller file size that helps networked video solutions,” said Michelle Abraham, Principal Analyst. “The proliferation of video applications, such as user-generated content and online video streaming, embedded DVRs and mobile video are serving to increase demand for low-cost, high-quality encoders.”
Worldwide H.264 chip unit shipments will increase by 51 percent in 2010 over 2009. Broadcom was the largest supplier of H.264 decoder ICs for the satellite set top box market.
ST continues to maintain leadership in the SD MPEG-2 cable market. MediaTek remained the top supplier of DVD decoder ICs.
Renesas led the market in Blu-ray SoCs in 2009.