Video Core Next

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Video Core Next is AMDs brand for its dedicated video encoding and decoding hardware core. It is a family of hardware accelerator designs for encoding and decoding video, and is built into AMD's graphics processing units (GPU's) since AMD Raven Ridge, released January 2018.


Video Core Next is AMD's successor ASIC to both the Unified Video Decoder and Video Coding Engine designs,[1] which are hardware accelerators for video decoding and encoding, respectively. It can be used to decode, encode and transcode ("sync") video streams, for example, a DVD or Blu-ray Disc to a format appropriate to, for example, a smartphone. Unlike video encoding on a CPU or a general-purpose GPU, Video Core Next is a dedicated hardware core on the processor die. This application-specific integrated circuit design allows for much more power-efficient video processing.[2][3]


Video Core Next supports: MPEG2 Decode, MPEG4 Decode, VC-1 Decode, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Encode/Decode, HEVC Encode/Decode, and VP9 Decode.[4]

VCN 2.0 is implemented with Navi products and the Renoir APU. The feature set remains the same as VCN 1.0. VCN 3.0 is implemented with Navi 2 products.[5]

Video Core Next Video decoding/encoding support[4]
Implementation H.262 (MPEG-2) MPEG-4 VC-1/ WMV 9 H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC) H.265 (HEVC) VP9 AV1 JPEG 4:4:4 (Chroma Subsampling)
Decoding Decoding Decoding Decoding / Encoding Decoding / Encoding Decoding Decoding Decoding
VCN 1.0 Raven Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
VCN 2.2 Renoir Yes Yes
VCN 2.5 Arcturus Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
VCN 3.0 RDNA2[6] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (?K decoding) Yes (?K decoding) Yes Yes

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  6. ^ "AMD Radeon Navi 2 / VCN 3.0 Supports AV1 Video Decoding - Phoronix". Retrieved 2020-11-20.