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 innovative compression technology is standardized at SMPTE as RDD35 and currently under standardization by the ISO as JPEG XS. TICO is available on multiple software and hardware technologies. 

The meaning of TICO? TICO simply stands for

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.


From 4:1 (at minimum) 

Robust over multiple encoding generations.


Down to microseconds.

Fixed latency selectable 

from 2 to x pixel lines.


Small in hardware

Fast in Software

Running on COTS infrastructure and equipment for capture, streaming, storage and editing

Technology benefits

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 from 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 more. Moreover using the RTP mapping of TICO, any video formats can be transported over RTP over any networks.

Example application with UHD TV:

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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 available 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 2110-22

Carry any resolutions and any video formats lightly compressed with TICO as an independent 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.

Moving with the industry

The TICO Alliance on the JT-NM roadmap of networked media open interoperability 

With the  upcoming ISO standardization of TICO as JPEG XS, the TICO family is growing in line with the broadcast industry’s transition. By 2018 a first point of deployment has been reached for SDI and hybrid SDI over IP workflows, and step II. “Elementary flows” is in full progress. 

The move of TICO to JPEG XS is in line with Part 22 of SMPTE’s ST2110, defining the transport of compressed video over IP. The novel codec will be able to serve visually lossless quality up to full transparency. Thanks to its further compression efficiency, TICO (RDD35 & JPEG XS) is suitable for the whole production workflow. Running (faster than) real-time on software, it may even be used in video editing.

Today, TICO is already widely adopted based on SMPTE RDD35  for transporting 4K and 8K resolutions over existing 3G- and 12G-SDI or hybrid SDI / IP networks.

TICO - A growing family

Possible bandwidths for TICO RDD35 and TICO XS 
Formats SMPTE RDD35 JPEG XS (preliminary) IP networks & SDI mapping
 HD 720p60 /1080i60~ 300 Mbps 200 Mbps - 70Mbps 1 to x streams over 1GbE
 HD 1080p60~ 600 Mbps 400 Mbps - 125 Mbps1 to x streams over 1GbE
 4K 2160p60

~2,4 Gbps

 1,6 Gbps - 500Mbps 1 stream over 1GbE
1 to x streams over 10GbE
Single 3G- or HD-SDI
 8K 4320p60~ 8 Gbps
6,4 Gbps - 2 Gbps 1 to 4 streams over 10GbE
Single 12G-SDI