H.264/AVC 4k Encoder IP Core

Block Diagram

Solution Type: IP Core

End Market: Broadcast, Consumer, Industrial, Medical, Military, Test & Measurement, Wireline

Evaluation Method: OpenCore Plus

Technology: DSP: Video and Image Processing

Arria Series: Intel® Arria® 10, Intel® Arria® 10 SoC

Stratix Series: Intel® Stratix® 10, Stratix® V


SOC provides a high-performance H.264/AVC 4k encoder IP core that supports all Intel FPGA families that have sufficient logic resources. Video transmission (UDP/IP + Ethernet) cores are available. SOC also supplies all-in-one H.264 encoder modules, which are System-on-Module (SoM) cards based on the SOC codec IP cores and Intel FPGAs.


  • Zero latency (0.5ms)
  • Small silicon footprint (70k ALMs)
  • Low power (less than 4w)
  • High video quality
  • User Control API

Device Utilization and Performance

Logic=70kALMs; Block RAM=6Mbits; DSP=300DSPs. Performance: Standard=H.264/AVC (ISO/IEC14496-10); Profiles=High; Bit-Rates=4-500Mbps; Resolution=4k (3840x2160@30/60fps); Chroma=4:2:2/4:2:0; Precision=8/10 bits; Audio=AAC or MPEG-2 Layer-II; Latency=0.5ms.

Getting Started

SOC supplies plug-and-play evaluation kits for the H.264 4k encoder IP core. The product code for 4k resolution encoder evaluation kit is: EC-H264-4K-KIT SOC web page: https://www.soctechnologies.com/modules/module-h264-4k-encoder

IP Quality Metrics

Year IP was first released2015
Latest version of Quartus supported17.0
Altera Customer Use
IP has been successfully implemented in production with at least one customerY

Customer deliverables include the following:

  • Design file (encrypted source code or post-synthesis netlist)
  • Simulation model for ModelSim Altera edition
  • Timing and/or layout constraints
  • Testbench or design example
  • Documentation with revision control
  • Readme file
Any additional customer deliverables provided with IP
Top level design source code (VHDL).
Parameterization GUI allowing end user to configure IPN
IP core is enabled for OpenCore Plus SupportN
Source language
Testbench languageVHDL
Software drivers providedY
Driver OS supportWIndows, Linux
User InterfaceAXI; Avalon-MM
IP-XACT Metadata includedY
Simulators supportedmodelsim
Hardware validated Y. Altera Board Name SOC Eval kits
Industry standard compliance testing performed
If yes, which test(s)?MPEG Compliance
If yes, on which Altera device(s)?Arria 10, Stratix V
If Yes, date performed
IP has undergone interoperability testing
Interoperability reports available  N

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