HEVC Announces Royalty-Free 4K Computing Initiative

HEVC Advance has introduced a policy that enables mobile device and computer to better leverage HEVC codec technologies.

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HEVC Advance, an independent licensing administrator, has announced a major software policy initiative to rapidly accelerate widespread HEVC/UHD adoption in consumer mobile devices and personal computers. 

Under the software initiative, HEVC Advance will not seek a license or royalties on HEVC functionality implemented in application layer software downloaded to mobile devices or personal computers after the initial sale of the device, where the HEVC encoding or decoding is fully executed in software on a general purpose CPU.  

Examples of the types of software within the policy include browsers, media players and various software applications. 

Peter Moller, CEO of HEVC Advance, says the initiative meets the group's goal to increase the adoption of 4K HEVC technologies. 

“We are very pleased to offer this initiative. A critical goal of HEVC Advance is to encourage widespread adoption of HEVC/UHD technology in consumer devices. While HEVC technology implemented in specialized hardware circuitry provides the best and most efficient user experience, there are millions of existing mobile devices and personal computers that do not have HEVC hardware capability,” says Moller.

“Our initiative is tailored to enable software app and browser providers to include HEVC capability in their software products so that everyone can enjoy HEVC/UHD video today. I'd like to specifically thank Tom Vaughan at MulticoreWare for his guidance in our development of this initiative,” says Moller.

Tom Vaughan, vice president and general manager of Video at MulticoreWare, says the announcement should bolster the adoption of HEVC technologies to allow the public to enjoy a weath of Ultra HD media. 

“We have invested heavily in the development of our HEVC codecs and associated libraries. From the start, HEVC Advance worked very hard to listen, understand and develop solutions to respond to the market's concerns about HEVC Adoption,” says Vaughan. “We are thankful for their efforts and believe this initiative will encourage and facilitate software developers, web service and content providers, mobile device manufacturers and others to take advantage of the tremendous competitive advantage that HEVC provides as quickly as possible.”

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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob has also served as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In his personal time beyond his family, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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