H.264/AVC 4k Decoder IP Core

Block Diagram

Solution Type: IP Core

End Market: Automotive, Broadcast, Computer & Storage, Consumer, Industrial, Medical, Military, Test & Measurement, Wireless, Wireline

Evaluation Method: OpenCore Plus

Technology: DSP

Arria Series: Arria 10, Arria 10 SoC

Stratix Series: Stratix 10, Stratix V


Supported Device Family: 

Solution Type: 


SOC provides a high-performance H.264/AVC 4k decoder IP core that supports all Intel (Altera) FPGA families that have sufficient logic resources. Video transmission (UDP/IP + Ethernet) cores are available. SOC also supplies all-in-one H.264 decoder modules, which are System-on-Module (SoM) cards based on the SOC codec IP cores and Intel FPGAs.


  • Zero latency (0.5ms)
  • Small silicon footprint (30k )
  • Low power (less than 1w, for 4k resolution)
  • 4:2:2/4:2:0; 8/10bits
  • AAC audio and UDP/IP+Ethernet available

Device Utilization and Performance

Logic=30kALMs; Block RAM=3Mbits; DSP=30DSPs. Performance: Standard=H.264/AVC (ISO/IEC14496-10); Profiles=High; Bit-Rates=4-500Mbps; Resolution=4k (3840x2160@30fps); Chroma=4:2:2/4:2:0; Precision=8/10 bits; Audio=AAC or MPEG-2 Layer-II; Latency=0.5ms.

Getting Started

SOC supplies plug-and-play evaluation kits for the H.264 4k encoder IP core. The product code for 4k resolution decoder evaluation kit is: DC-H264-4K-KIT SOC web page: https://www.soctechnologies.com/eval-kits/h264_4K_decoder_kit

IP Quality Metrics

Year IP was first released2015
Latest version of Quartus supported17.0
Altera Customer Use
IP has been successfully implemented in production with at least one customerY

Customer deliverables include the following:

  • Design file (encrypted source code or post-synthesis netlist)
  • Simulation model for ModelSim Altera edition
  • Timing and/or layout constraints
  • Testbench or design example
  • Documentation with revision control
  • Readme file
Parameterization GUI allowing end user to configure IPY
IP core is enabled for OpenCore Plus SupportN
Source language
Testbench languageVHDL
Software drivers providedY
Driver OS supportWindows
User InterfaceAXI
IP-XACT Metadata includedN
Simulators supportedModelsim
Hardware validated Y. Altera Board Name SOC Eval kits
Industry standard compliance testing performed
If yes, which test(s)?MEPG Compliance
If yes, on which Altera device(s)?Arria-10, Stratix-V
If Yes, date performed
IP has undergone interoperability testing
Interoperability reports available  N

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