Since its founding in 1977, with high-end niche as a corporate philosophy, ASTRO has sought possibilities in a market that was underdeveloped and technically difficult for large enterprises to enter. We have developed a wide array of products and expanded our business beyond expectations.
Specializing in real-time high-speed digital signal processing technology, we have developed several “world’s first” or “first in Japan” products, including our many 8K devices.
Now, with the advancement of technologies such as the Internet and artificial intelligence, we believe that the world will become increasingly convenient and prosperous, and that people’s demands will change accordingly.
Our company’s goal is to further refine the image technology that we have cultivated up until now, actively challenging new fields, and entering new markets all over the world.
We will continue to challenge unlimited possibilities for the future of this company.
Basic Management Policy
By keeping image electronics as our base technology and building as many pillars as possible on top of that foundation by developing products in various markets, all employees will strive to build a more reliable and stable management foundation.
Measurement and Analysis Solution Technology
High-Quality Measurement and Analysis Solutions
ASTRODESIGN’s measurement and analysis solutions meet the needs for testing recent high-quality images and their means of transmission. We believe that the electrical equipment is equally important as the image itself. We also offer solutions to build up automatic test systems for production lines of video-related products.
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)
HDMI is a display connection standard for AV, with HDCP copy protection.
HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection)
This is a data code standard which is designed to prevent the unauthorized copying of digital contents. Before the video component is connected, it verifies the codes.
Digital Broadcasting Technology
Technologies Vital to High-Quality, Reliable Broadcast Operations
Spurred by the commencement of terrestrial digital broadcasting, high-definition broadcasts are now proliferating at a rapid pace. Having moved into high-definition TV while this field was still in its infancy, ASTRODESIGN has more than kept apace with developments and now supports broadcast operations with a host of products ranging from multiprocessors and synthesis systems used for editing high-definition TV programs to LCD monitors used for business applications. As digital technology continues to make more and more inroads into video, the multiplexing of transmission data, conversion of transmission protocols and many other processing tasks now need to be undertaken. As a veritable pioneer in transmission data multiplexing, ASTRODESIGN is also active in the field of protocol conversion technology in ways which will support its growing clientele of internet-based companies as well.
HDTV (High-definition TV)
This TV system with its 1125 scanning lines is also referred to by some in Japan’s industry as the “high-vision” system. It is used in such applications as BS digital broadcasts, ground digital broadcasts, and digital movies. Images are shown on wide screens with a 16:9 aspect ratio.
High-Quality Conversion Technology
Providing the highest possible image quality
In today’s society, video is a virtually ubiquitous media; it is evident not only in the form of broadcast images, but is found even on the displays of cell phones and giant screens installed in sports arena and stadiums, delivered in a broad spectrum of differing resolution levels and scanning line counts. In order to show the images which have been created to suit a specific application on other kinds of displays, ASTRODESIGN provides products designed to convert resolution levels and scanning line counts, thus achieving the highest possible image quality for each individual situation.
SDTV (Standard Definition TV)
This term refers to ground analog broadcast and other conventional TV systems. This include systems like the NTSC system which has been adopted in a number of countries, such as Japan, the United States, Canada, and Korea. Images are shown on screens with a 4:3 aspect ratio.
High-Definition Video Technology
Venturing Boldly into the Unknown, Uncovering New Potential
“Super High Vision” (8Kx4K) video was screened at the Aichi Exposition in 2005. ASTRODESIGN contributed to this project with the development of an ultra-high definition video processor that can handle the data 16 times the size of full HD and an optical multiplex transmission system(*). We are also working to develop more sophisticated technology in the fields of high-speed transmission, uncompressed video/audio storage, and security to contribute the benefits of higher quality images to society.
* co-developed with NHK