MPEG-2 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: Video and Image Processing

Arria Series: Arria 10, Arria V, Arria 10 SoC, Arria V SoC

Cyclone Series: Cyclone V, Cyclone V SoC

Stratix Series: Stratix 10, Stratix IV, Stratix V


Supported Device Family: 

Solution Type: 


SOC provides a high-performance MPEG2 decoder IP core that supports all Intel FPGA families that have sufficient logic resources. Video transmission (UDP/IP + Ethernet) cores are available. SOC also supplies all-in-one MPEG2 decoder modules, which are System-on-Module (SoM) cards based on the SOC codec IP cores and Intel FPGAs.


  • Zero latency (0.25ms)
  • Small silicon footprint (8.5kALMs)
  • Low power (less than 0.5w, for HD resolution)
  • High video quality
  • User Control API

Device Utilization and Performance

Logic=8.5k ALMs; Block RAM=0.7Mbits; DSP=25DSPs. Performance: Standard=MPEG2; Profiles=High (include Main, Baseline); Resolution=HD and 4k; Chroma=4:2:2/4:2:0; Precision=8 bits; Audio=MPEG-2 Layer-II; Latency=0.25ms.

Getting Started

SOC supplies plug-and-play evaluation kits for the MPEG2 decoder IP core. The product code for the evaluation kit is: DC-MPEG2-HD-KIT (for HD) and DC-MPEG2-4k-KIT (for 4k)

IP Quality Metrics

Year IP was first released2008
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 SupportY
Source language
Testbench languageVHDL
Software drivers providedY
Driver OS supportWindows, Linux
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)?MPEG Compliance
If yes, on which Altera device(s)?Cyclone V
If Yes, date performed
IP has undergone interoperability testing
Interoperability reports available  Y

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