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Cameras, Video & Audio

Our experience in this area is extensive, from vision mixing desks, routing systems, standards conversion, noise reduction and digital cinema - demonstrating one of the first presentations of Digital Cinema in 1999.

Some examples of broadcast and studio equipment that we have developed

A World First

The world’s first multi-standard HD codec used by the complete PBS network in the US winning the European Information Society Technology Prize for Innovation in Design.

Digital Network

ETSI codec that the BBC used to create their first digital network connecting studios all over the UK.

Smallest in the world

Smallest studio quality, battery powered HD test pattern generator in the world.

Fibre optic link for Outside Broadcast cameras

Two different fibre optic outside broadcast camera link systems, one that converted triax to fibre and the other that encoded all audio, video and data services.

Slow-motion

Slow-motion control panel for sports events.

Archival Verification

Archival verification system for the BBC

VC-2 video compression core set

Designed in collaboration with BBC Research, our video compression core is the smallest video codec available and has been designed to fit into FPGA vendors’ cost-effective families.

Designed for demanding broadcast and studio applications, VC-2 HQ compression is ideal for low-latency, high-quality, low-cost, small form factor applications where light compression and multi-generation capabilities are required.

This makes VC-2 HQ very suited for security, medical, industrial control, machine vision, aerospace and defence industries.

The deterministic and reproduceable compression makes it well suited for safety or mission critical environments, and where systems need to rigorously verified and qualified.

Thousands of our VC-2 cores are used in broadcast and studios, and can be found in equipment manufactured by companies such as SAM (Snell Advanced Media) and Grass Valley.

Low Delay – only a few lines of latency

Uniquely, in the low latency profile a compression factor of 8 times can be achieved with only a few lines of delay.

VC-2 HQ – Flexibility, any picture format

The VC-2 compression system and core set is not locked to a given picture format as it is wavelet based, which makes it very flexible. This means that VC-2 can compress pictures from a QCIF format right through to 8K, and also has customisable picture formatting to accommodate any new picture standards. Parameters such as frame rate, chroma subsampling and bit depth are flexible.

Scan formats can be progressive or interlaced.

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Medical Devices

Here we have developed a number of products that include cameras including an award-winning video laryngoscope and ophthalmic imaging.

Award Winning Laryngoscope

We quickly developed a proof of concept design showing how we could focus a camera and achieve sufficient depth of field to enable real-time video capture of the larynx. The customer was impressed, and we took the concept further to develop an award winning video laryngoscope.

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Research

Laser Scanning Display

We assisted UCL and De Montford universities with system level designs needed for a pupil tracking autostereoscopic laser scanning display device

Large Screen

We conducted research into large screen monitors and TVs and secured patents for our customer in this area

Audio

Audio Circuits

The audio circuits that are used in broadcast, HiFi, telephones, radios, headsets - including the small signal amplifiers used in microphones to the large signal power amplifiers used to drive speakers

Intercom Systems

We have designed wireless and wired intercom systems for studios, defence and retail.

Intercom Systems

We have developed intercom systems for use on high speed rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) and for use in restaurants

Award Winning DAB Radio

One of our clients engaged us to develop their first product – an award winning, retrofittable DAB radio that led onto a successful range of DAB/streaming devices.

Cost Reduction

A mid-range HiFi manufacturer sought our help and we were able to assist them streamline manufacturing across their product range by standardising circuitry and communication protocols. This achieved a cost-reduction of just under 50%.

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Machine and Computer Vision

Our machine and computer vision capabilities are discussed in the Automation and the Machine Learning & AI sections.