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NEXT GENERATION VIDEO COMPRESSION


Pushing the Boundaries of Video Technology

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NEXT GENERATION VIDEO COMPRESSION


Pushing the Boundaries of Video Technology

 

NGCodec® has been in passionate pursuit of next generation video compression since 2012. With the support of investors including Xilinx, NGCodec’s agile startup team has created RealityCodec™, a compressor-decompressor technology optimized for ultra-low latency, high-quality applications. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, NGCodec licenses its H.265/HEVC video codec silicon intellectual property (IP) to semiconductor and equipment manufacturers around the world.

 

OUR TECHNOLOGY


A Passion for Excellence in Video

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OUR TECHNOLOGY


A Passion for Excellence in Video

Video Compression

All video content you watch is lossy compressed. Without compression the video files would be too large to store or transmit. DVD and Blu-ray formats use compression, as does any video you watch on the web. Historically, every 10 years a new industry-standard method to compress video is invented, leveraging Moore's Law. Twenty years ago, MPEG-2/H.262 enabled the first mass-market for standard definition digital video. Ten years ago, MPEG 4 H.264/AVC provided a 50% reduction in bit rates over MPEG-2, enabling 1080p HD applications. Now, the same technologists who brought you H.264 have defined a new compression standard called High Efficiency Video Codec or H.265/HEVC, which can deliver another 50% reduction in bit rate over H.264/AVC. This enables online videos to download faster, reduces network bandwidth, and enables high resolutions like UHD 4K. 

Video Resolutions

High Definition, or 1080p, refers to a pixel count of 1920 by 1080 and is today the standard for high quality video. Blu-ray players natively support this resolution, as do most consumer TV's. 

Over the next few years, the next step up in quality will become available. This is referred to as 4K Ultra High Definition TV (UHD or 2160p) and represents a pixel count of 3840 by 2160, which is four times the number of pixels as 1080p.

NGCodec is developing the next generation of video encoder technology that implements the HEVC standard (and also supports H.264/AVC). Our products are delivered as silicon IP in the form of RTL or net lists for implementation inside a System on Chip (SoC) or inside an FPGA chip.

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WHO WE ARE


Meet Our Leadership Team

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WHO WE ARE


Meet Our Leadership Team

Frank Bossen, Ph.D.

CTO

Frank Bossen has over 20 years' experience in designing and implementing international video compression standards.

Frank is well known in the MPEG/ISO/ITU video codec community standardization (JCT-VC) having had responsibility (chair of the software development group) for the reference software in the H.265/HEVC standard. He authored multiple patents that are essential to the H.264/AVC and H.265/HEVC standards. He has held various VP, research and development positions at companies including IBM, Sony, GE, and NTT DoCoMo.  

Frank holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Communication Systems, both from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland.

Oliver Gunasekara

CEO, PRESIDENT, CO-FOUNDER

Oliver Gunasekara has over 20 years' experience in marketing and business development with technology companies. In 1995, he joined ARM to lead its mobile activities, initially working in Europe and then later in Japan and Silicon Valley. Over 12 years at ARM, Oliver licensed HW and SW to both semiconductor companies and mobile OEM’s and delivered a de facto standard for mobile CPU’s. His last role at ARM was Vice President of Corporate Business Development and M&A. In 2007, he joined video H.264 startup W&W Communications as Vice President of Mobile business (acquired by Cavium). Prior to founding NGCodec, he was a business development consultant to a number of mobile startups in the OS, security, imaging, and battery areas.

Oliver holds a Bachelor's degree with honors in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Greenwich, London, UK and a Mini-MBA from the AeA/Executive Institute, Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Adam Malamy

VP ENGINEERING, CO-FOUNDER

Adam Malamy is a Silicon Valley veteran with over 20 years' experience in Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) architecture, design, verification, and all phases of semiconductor development.

He started his career at Sun Microsystems designing SPARC microprocessors. In 1994, he joined the 3DO company and helped develop one of the first 32-bit 3D graphics engine ASICs. He gained experience and seniority in a series of startup companies in the areas of microprocessor design and networking. In 2006, Adam joined W&W Communications and played a leading role in developing that company’s H.264 encoder and decoder FPGA and ASIC products. Before founding NGCodec Adam held the position of Director of Engineering in charge of Verification at Cavium, which acquired W&W Communications in 2008.

Adam has a BSEE and MSEE degree, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS


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BOARD OF DIRECTORS


 

In addition to Oliver Gunasekara and Adam Malamy, NGCodec's Board of Directors is comprised of:

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Neil Belmore, Investor

Neil is co-founder of Belmore Capital. Prior to establishing Belmore Capital, Neil practiced patent litigation law with a major Canadian law firm.  He subsequently founded a patent litigation law firm Belmore Neidrauer LLP and has represented both tech and life sciences companies. Neil is consistently selected by peers as a leading advocate amongst intellectual property litigators, including in the 2014 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada and LawDay’s 35 Leading Lawyers in Canada - Intellectual Property Litigation. 

Neil holds a BA (High Honours) and an LLB from Osgoode Hall, Toronto.

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Matthew Belmore, Investor

Matthew is co-founder of Belmore Capital. Prior to establishing Belmore Capital, Matthew obtained the CSC designation from the Canadian Securities Institute and is currently pursuing the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute. 

Matthew holds a BSc. (Physics and Math) and has pursued an additional year focusing on economics, from Queens University, Kingston, Canada.

 

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Dan Lankford, Independent

Dan Lankford has more than 30 years of experience in technology companies as an executive, board member and investor. Dan has been CEO of 4 companies and chairman of 2 others.  These include a European semi-conductor company that grew from $15M to $250M in 5 years and an energy technology company that Dan took from start-up through IPO into commercial operation, including building a 100,000 sq. ft factory.  Recently he was founder and CEO of Element Energy, a battery management HW/SW company that had a successful sale to Maxim Semiconductor.  He spent his early career at AT&T and Bell Labs.  

Dan has a BS with honors from Johns Hopkins University and an MS as a Sloan Fellow from Stanford Business School.

 

INVESTORS


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INVESTORS


Xilinx Technology Ventures

Xilinx Technology Ventures is the investment arm of Xilinx, Inc. Its mission is to identify and invest in early-stage companies developing innovative new technologies with the potential to help advance Xilinx's strategic vision and create value for Xilinx shareholders and customers.

Belmore Capital Corp

Belmore Capital Corp is a venture and growth equity firm funding companies from inception through the growth phase. 

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent US federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense..."

INDUSTRY AFFILIATIONS


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INDUSTRY AFFILIATIONS


Xilinx Alliance Program

The Xilinx Alliance Program is a worldwide ecosystem of qualified companies collaborating with Xilinx to further the development of All Programmable technologies. Leveraging open platforms and standards, Xilinx has built this ecosystem to meet customer needs and is committed to its long-term success. Comprised of IP providers, EDA vendors, embedded software providers, system integrators, and hardware suppliers, Alliance members help accelerate design productivity while minimizing risk.


Ultra HD Forum

The Ultra HD Forum is bringing together market leaders from every part of the industry; broadcasters, service providers, consumer electronics, and technology vendors to collaborate on solving the real-world hurdles, and accelerating Ultra HD deployment.


Open Compute Project

The Open Compute Project (OCP) is a collaborative community focused on redesigning hardware technology to efficiently support the growing demands on compute infrastructure.


The Core Store provides an online marketplace where IP providers can, at no cost, list their IP products to a global audience of IP buyers. For IP buyers, the Core Store offers a safe, anonymous site where you can search for IP without anyone contacting you—unless you ask them to!


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Design & Reuse (D&R) was founded in October, 1997 by Gabriele Saucier and Philippe Coeurdevey as a web portal for disseminating value-added information on electronic virtual components, specificallyIP (intellectual property) and SoC’s (systems-on-chips). Shortly thereafter, D&R extended its scope to also include providing enterprise-level IP management platforms.