Village Island and NHK Simplify 8K Video Transport And SDI Cabling Using TICO Technology

LAS VEGAS--()--NHK and Village-Island have developed a new innovative system, called VICO-8, that makes possible to transport 8K 4:2:2 60p 10bits on a single 12G-SDI cable using intoPIX TICO compression technology.

VICO-8 takes 8K video as 4x 12G-SDI input as compress by a factor of 4 to 1, in visually lossless quality, generating a single TICO 8K stream output mapped on a single 12G-SDI interface with a delay of few video lines, so less than 1msec.

8K 60p 4:2:2 (10bits) usually requires 16x 3G-SDI or 4x 12G-SDI for raw quality transport. Such high number of SDI cables implies many drawbacks such as big space constraints, high costs and high complexity of wiring. Furthermore, a UHD signal spread on multiple SDI cables brings concrete problems for signal distribution, switching, transmission, and other basic operations.

The gain to bring 8K to a single 12G-SDI is huge. It enables to achieve 8K with 4K-ready appliances, wherever it is about switching, distributing, transmitting the signal on optical fiber or other support. Dividing dramatically the cost of infrastructure, the gain of VICO-8 is even exponential when considering matrix switcher where VICO decreased the number of required input by 4, while decreasing the number of required output by 4, dividing the number of required node by 16.

The gain of using VICO-8 can be dramatic within our 8K OBVAN where the constraints on space, heat, wirings, energy are the most challenging” says Miyazaki san, senior manager of Engineering Administration Department at NHK. “8K on a single SDI cable simplify our operations and reduce risks inside the OBVAN”

All of this would not have been possible without intoPIX TICO supporting resolution up to 7680x4320 pixels, while keeping all its famous performances” says Yoshizu Taira, OEM Manager at Village Island. “Our customers are just expecting to work with raw quality and near-to-zero delay, and only TICO would bring this reality on affordable FGPA”.

TICO technology eases the access to 8K to a wide range of users and applications”, says Jean-Baptiste Lorent, marketing director at intoPIX. “With our new 8K cores, we are happy to accelerate the transition to 8K broadcasting, the so-called Super Hi-vision”.

The VICO-8 will be showcased at NAB on the TICO Alliance booth C8525


About intoPIX
intoPIX is an innovative technology provider of compression, image processing, and security solutions to audiovisual equipment manufacturers. They have developed FPGA IP-cores and software tools that enable leading edge compression. More information can be found at

About Village Island
Village Island is a well-known supplier of audio-visual hardware and solutions for the broadcast and telecom industry proposing state-of-the-art, affordable and flexible technology in response to evolving customer needs. Village Island is an IABM member and a TICO Alliance member.

About NHK
NHK, Nippon Hoso Kyokai (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), is Japan’s only public broadcaster.
As a public broadcaster funded by fees received from TV viewers, NHK delivers a wide range of impartial, high-quality programs, both at home and abroad.


Raiffa Lanove, +3210238470


Raiffa Lanove, +3210238470