A technology serving the global AV industry.

Designed to be a new standard for the industry-wide support, TICO compression technology is the result of years of research conducted by intoPIX and co-funded by the European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) and the Walloon Region (Belgium) - more info. The new compression technology is available on multiple software and hardware technologies.

The meaning of TICO? TICO means simply “TIny COdec” !

Tiny in complexity (hardware and software), Tiny in latency and compression ratio.

Technology benefits



Compatible with different resolutions, from mobile to 4K/8K UHDTV, via multiple usual transport schemes.



Up to 4:1 and math. lossless 

at lower compression ratio.

Robust over multiple encoding generations.



Down to microseconds.

Fixed latency selectable 

from 2 to x pixel lines.



Very low FPGA resource requirement (no DDR).

 Powerful, real-time or faster than real-time in CPU.

Typical applications

To support transportation of UHDTV streams across the IP network or the existing 3G-SDI infrastructure, a new smart, fast and light compression is needed. 10 GB Ethernet or 3G-SDI networks are widely deployed and operated cost effectively within the Broadcast landscape.

TICO will help Broadcasters to fully benefit from a seamless, integrated and high-quality Ultra-HD ecosystem from end-to-end. With a visually lossless compression up to 4:1, TICO enables the mapping of a single 4K/UHD 2160p60 stream over a single 3G-SDI link. Over 10Gbps Ethernet, it allows typically the simultaneous transmission of up to 3 streams of 2160p60, or  single .  Moreover using the RTP mapping of TICO, any video formats can be transported over RTP over any networks.

Example application with UHD TV:



Read about applications of TICO Technology by our Alliance members:


Standardization & Interoperability 

SMPTE RDD35 has been initiated in January 2015 and provides open specifications of  TICO compression & mapping of compression over a single 3G-SDI & IP Networks (over SMPTE2022-6 or over independent RTP according to VSF TR03) .  The document is avaialble in the IEEE/SMPTE online library.

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 TICO SMPTE RDD35 simplifies the Roadmap and Transition to IP:



Leverage the current 3G-SDI Standard to carry UHDTV-4K over a single 3G-SDI and re-use SDI workflows built for HDTV.


SMPTE 2022-6 / VSF TR04

Leverage the SMPTE 2022-6 Standard to carry up to 3 streams of UHDTV-4K over 10G IP Network, by mapping TICO compressed 4K video over SMPTE 2022-6 and transporting 4K as a 3G-SDI RTP stream


VSF TR03 / SMPTE 2110

Carry any resolutions and any video formats lightly compressed with TICO as an indepen-dent compressed essence  (a separated RTP streams) using SMPTE RDD35 RTP Payload definition, along with another  RTP stream (using AES67) for Audio and ANC RTP stream. For HD, 4K or even 8K compressed essence transport.

Support new UHD streams in existing systems or networks using the available pipeline bandwidth with the lowest latency, the smallest complexity and a preserved high image quality.