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December 02, 2013

AVerMedia Technologies and Cypress Semiconductor Team Up For Better Game Recording

Sometimes, there are those great moments in gaming that can't go without a proper record. Those incredible long-range headshots, those improbable one-hit kills with a thrown weapon, or even just to laugh at the time the grenade didn't go quite where it should. A new combination in gaming between AVerMedia Technologies and Cypress Semiconductor is bringing a whole new level of utility to game recording, making it easier to capture those perfect gaming moments and do so with the best quality.

The combination brings together Cypress' EZ-USB FX3 USB 3.0 controller and AVerMedia's ExtremeCap U3 capture card, a combination that will really step up the game for these two companies, allowing for not only recording, but also streaming, of game play at both impressive resolution and frame rates. The coalition technology allows for not only full-HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution, but also a record rate of 60 frames per second, thus helping to ensure that the best and clearest video is captured, and that it can put USB 3.0 to work complete with the wider bandwidth found therein. Thanks to the use of USB 3.0, HD video can be captured without needing to turn to compression techniques that could have a negative impact on overall video quality.

With more and more games taking advantage of HD displays and the ability to record, increased bandwidth becomes a valuable tool for taking the events on screen and not only recording said events, but allowing these events to be more rapidly disseminated among potential viewers and interested parties. Gamers want the footage of a game to be as clear and sharp as the actual gameplay was, according to AVerMedia's director of research and development Frank Yeh, so bringing in the EZ-USB FX3 system was a move that just made sense.

There are more applications than ever for gameplay footage these days, especially considering the growing proliferation of “Let's Play” -style videos showing up on YouTube. Throw in a new generation of console hardware like the PS4 and the Kinect-enabled Xbox One, the accompanying stepping up of HD use on computer gaming, and the fact that 4K displays aren't exactly far off, and the end result makes it all pretty clear: the ability to record and stream in HD is going to be increasingly valuable to gamers. That's where the Cypress / AVerMedia connection works out so well, and helps to give the gamers exactly what said gamers are after.

The EZ-USB FX3 is now in volume production, and is set to come in two different versions, a 121-ball BGA version as well as a 131-ball Wafer-Level Chip Scale Package version that's geared toward smaller controllers. The takeaway here, though, is that fairly soon, it should be a lot easier to record gameplay, and put those recordings up for a wider audience.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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