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Huawei, Samsung and Qualcomm back new MPEG-5 EVC codec

By Ng Chong Seng - on 13 May 2020, 8:31am

Huawei, Samsung and Qualcomm back new MPEG-5 EVC codec

(Image: Samsung.)

Earlier this year at CES, we reported that Samsung is building support for the new AV1 codec into its QLED 8K TVs. The point of this codec is to allow viewers to stream UHD content using less data but without sacrificing quality. While Samsung is lending its weight behind this codec, it also needs to be supported by content providers, including video streaming services.

In addition to AV1, Samsung has recently also voiced its support for the newly launched MPEG-5 Essential Video Coding (EVC) codec. Other than the Korean company, fellow contributors Huawei and Qualcomm are also supporting this technology.

Like AV1, MPEG–5 EVC aims to improve the compression capability over today’s video coding standards. This in turn will allow more screens to display 4K, 8K, VR, AR and HDR content, especially over emerging cellular technologies such as 5G.

It's still early days for MPEG-5 EVC and its eventual success (or failure) will depend on the level of adoption, which is why the three companies are working together to promote the tech and get it into all sorts of devices, from TVs to smartphones to streaming boxes.

Huawei, in its press release:

To enable rapid adoption and deployment, Huawei, Qualcomm and Samsung, three major contributors to this newly standardised technology, will be working to further promote this technology in the multimedia industry. They also have reaffirmed their commitments to offer fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms for their respective essential patent claims covering this standard. As previously announced, Huawei, Qualcomm, and Samsung will announce their respective licensing terms covering the MPEG-5 EVC standard no later than two years from the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) publication date.

Source: Huawei.