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NEC provides high-speed image compression engine for Windows


NEC Corp has begun providing a high speed still image compression engine, StarPixel, featuring low-load and high efficiency as a Windows DLL software.


Existing image compression standards with high compression rates, such as JPEG2000, require high processing loads that are a challenge for systems that require high-speed big data processing as well as compact devices whose power consumption is limited. On the other hand, JPEG, one of the major image compression standards for consumer devices such as smartphones and digital cameras, has low processing loads but inferior compression rates compared to JPEG2000.


“StarPixel achieves a compression rate that is much higher than JPEG and equivalent to JPEG2000 by suppressing processing loads through image conversion and encoding procedures developed by NEC’s Central Research Laboratories,” says Akio Yamada, assistant general manager, Information and Media Processing Laboratories, NEC. “This enables large numbers of high-resolution images to be quickly stored and transmitted, in addition to enabling a reduction in the size, power consumption and cost of devices that take and display images. Furthermore, these technologies can be used with image systems operating in extreme environments, such as space and the ocean, while contributing to a wide variety of businesses, including the manufacturing, surveillance and medical fields.”


StarPixel can quickly and easily be integrated with a wide variety of existing imaging systems as a Windows DLL software. Furthermore, NEC can be contracted to provide StarPixel engines or image viewers on a full range of platforms including Linux, iOS, Android and hardware circuitry.

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