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 What is AVS
AVS Workgroup, short for Audio and Video Coding Standard Workgroup of China was authorized to be established by the Science and Technology Department under the former Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of People¨s Republic of China in June, 2002. With the mandate of satisfying the demands from the rapidly growing information industry, AVS is committed to producing technical standards of high quality for compression, decompression, processing, and representation of digital audio and video, and thus providing the digital audio-video equipments and systems with high-efficient and economical coding/decoding technologies. AVS can be applied in wide variety of significant information sectors including high-resolution digital broadcast, high-density laser-digital storage media, wireless broad-band multimedia communication and internet broad-band stream media.

AVS is one of the second generation of source coding/decoding standards and own independent Chinese intellectual property rights. Source coding technology primarily addresses the problem of coding and compressing audio& video mass data viz. initial data and original sources, hence known as digital video and audio coding technology, and it is the premise of the subsequent digital transmission, storage and broadcast and serves as the common standard for digital video& audio industry.

AVS completed the standardization work of AVS1.0 series standards including P2-video which was approved as Chinese national standard on February 22, 2006 and came into effect on March 1, 2006 after some four years of strenuous standardization work since 2002 by approximately one thousand experts representing 150 AVS member bodies from enterprises and academia. P1-System, P3-Audio, P6-DRM and other parts of AVS1.0 all have been moved on the stage of FDS (Final Draft of Standard). The detailed description of each part is archived on AVS ftp.

AVS launched the work on AVS2.0 at the end of 2008.

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Three major characteristics of AVS:
1. Advanced!AVS is initiated by China and it is technically advanced as one of the second generation source coding standards.
2. Independent!AVS keeps ahead of its international counterparts in Patent Pool management Program, and established a set of integrated standard workgroup legal document.
3. Open!AVS standardization work is internationally open.


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