Intel demonstrates Arctic Sound-M (DG2) data-center GPU AV1 encoding capability

Published: 25th Apr 2022, 08:50 GMT   Comments

Intel Arctic Sound-M AV1 encoding with up to 30% bitrate saving over AVC

Intel DG2 GPUs will not only be used by consumer gaming graphics, but also by data-center Arctic Sound-M series. 

With the launch of its new ACM (Arc Alchemist/DG2) graphics processors, the company heavily promoted the fact that DG2 GPU family supports AV1 video encoding, a feature currently not available with any AMD and NVIDIA consumer GPU. We are still in the early days of AV1 becoming a popular standard, but most of today’s GPUs are already capable of decoding an AV1 stream (with an exception to AMD Navi 24 GPU).

The Arctic Sound-M features an Intel DG2 (ACM-G11) GPU with 128 Execution Units. This processor is a single-slot and passive processor attached to PCIe Gen4 x16 interface and powered off a single 8-pin EPS power connector.

Intel Arctic Sound-M AV1 encoding, Source: Intel Graphics

At Investor Meeting 2022, Intel announced Arctic Sound-M was designed mainly for video transcoding, it’s a “Media Supercomputer” Intel has said. The company confirmed that AS-M supports up to eight simultaneous 4K streams, or thirty 1080p streams. It could, therefore, potentially be used by Intel and other companies for game streaming services.

In a new video promoting the AV1 encoding, Intel is making a comparison with AVC (H.264) codec side by side. It shows that AV1 codec can substantially lower the required bit rate with similar video quality, with up to 30% saving. With the growing popularity of AV1 codec, which is a royalty-free alternative to AVC/HEVC, Intel could potentially have an advantage over competitors by offering transcoding solutions for data-centers. Some video streaming services, such as Netflix, have already started offering AV1 stream, as long as supported decoding hardware is detected.

Intel Arctic Sound-M AV1 encoding, Source: Intel Graphics

Source via TechPowerUP:

[Intel Graphics] Intel's data center GPU (codenamed Arctic Sound-M) AV1 Demo | Intel Graphics (8,390 views)



Comment Policy
  • Comments must be written in English.
  • Comments deemed to be spam or solely promotional in nature will be deleted. Including a link to relevant content is permitted, but comments should be relevant to the post topic. Discussions about politics are not allowed on this website.
  • Comments and usernames containing language or concepts that could be deemed offensive will be deleted. Note this may include abusive, threatening, pornographic, offensive, misleading, or libelous language.
  • Comments complaining about the article subject or its source will be removed.
  • A failure to comply with these rules will result in a warning and, in extreme cases, a ban. Please also note that comments that attack or harass an individual directly will result in a ban without warning.
  • VideoCardz Moderating Team reserves the right to edit or delete any comments submitted to the site without notice.
  • If you would like to appeal for a comment section ban to be removed, please use this page.
  • If you have any questions about the commenting policy, please let us know through the Contact Page.
Hide Comment Policy
Comments