Equator Technologies Demonstrates BSP-15 Video Processing Capabilities at Broadband Plus 2002

11/21/2002 - Equator Technologies, a provider of high-performance, programmable and power-efficient system-on-a-chip (SoC) processors for video streaming and image processing applications, announced that the company will demonstrate the video processing performance of its MAP Series of processors, in particular its BSPTM-15 processor, at CableLabs' CableNET Pavilion at Broadband Plus 2002 in Anaheim, Calif. next month.

The company will demonstrate three distinct consumer technology applications that utilize its BSP chip family, including:

Microsoft® Windows Media 9 Series
Leading the way in adapting to the latest and most advanced compression algorithms, Equator's flagship BSP-15 processor is the first embedded processor to decode high-definition Windows Media 9 Series audio and video in real-time. Video-centric devices utilizing low bit-rate codecs like Windows Media 9 Series can enable a number of new consumer applications, including streaming high-quality video content without being constrained by “last mile” infrastructure, and allowing more content to be delivered per channel (versus using MPEG-2 with the comparable bandwidth). Powered by the BSP processor, Equator's TetraTM Platform enables video-centric device manufacturers to take advantage of advanced, low bit-rate decoders without sacrificing the price/performance or small footprint that is appropriate for their markets.

Equator Broadband VOD Reference Platform
The Equator Broadband VOD Reference Platform provides a hardware and software design reference for an IP-based Video-on-Demand set-top box. Based on Equator's BSP processor, this small form-factor, high-performance, programmable platform delivers an unbeatable set of features at a much lower price than systems built with fixed-function ASICs and ASSPs. The Equator VOD Platform is codec independent, with the ability to utilize MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and other proprietary, low bit-rate codecs.

The Equator Broadband VOD Reference Platform shortens the time to deployment by providing a complete hardware and software reference design for a low bit-rate VOD application with Internet access and EPG capabilities. The Equator Broadband VOD Reference Platform application breaks the one-megabit barrier for near-DVD quality video. It can achieve video quality comparable to MPEG-2 at a more than 75% reduction in bandwidth.

Embedded Home Videoconferencing
The Equator Home Video Conferencing Reference Design provides a complete hardware and software solution to integrate IP-based video-conferencing functionality into video-centric consumer devices. This reference design is based on Equator's BSP SoC processor, Tetra Hardware Platform and a new "personality" module built specifically for media and communications applications. The platform incorporates industry-leading IP-based video conferencing software to deliver the most powerful and flexible VLIW digital media processing technology in conjunction with best-of-breed video conferencing functionality that includes high-quality audio and echo cancellation, PBX capabilities and Quality of Service software.

Equator's Video Conferencing Reference Platform includes all the tools necessary for customers to evaluate, design, test, develop and integrate VC functionality into their video-centric consumer products, including STBs and PVRs. This optimized, programmable, end-to-end solution allows for a faster time-to-market, a more flexible implementation and an easier upgrade cycle than in-house developed solutions that utilize application-specific circuitry.

Equator is one of more than 50 companies selected to participate in the CableNET booth, located in Hall C of the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. Broadband Plus 2002 will take place December 4 - 6, 2002.

About Equator Technologies
Equator Technologies is a leading provider of high-performance, programmable, power-efficient system-on-a-chip processors designed for video streaming and image processing applications across a wide range of consumer and enterprise end markets. Equator offers the BSP family of Broadband Signal Processor chips, the iMMediaTools® software development toolkit, media libraries, and reference platforms for development and deployment of video streaming and video processing systems. With more than 150 customers worldwide, Equator provides solutions to the digital media, digital video communications, video security and surveillance, digital imaging, and automotive video markets. Based on a high-performance VLIW core and optimized for video processing, the BSP-15 family of chips delivers up to 50 GOPS of video processing power. Utilizing Equator's optimizing compiler technology; BSP-15 chips are 100 percent programmable in C/C++, enabling rapid deployment and field upgradeability of new applications and devices. A software programmable BSP-15 chip can replace multiple fixed-function ASICs, thereby reducing both complexity and cost of system designs. Winner of the Fabless Semiconductor Association's "2001 Best Financial Performer - Private Company" award and selected by Cahners Research as the top private company of the 30 best small electronics companies, Equator is a recognized leader in video processing solutions. Founded in 1996, Equator is a privately held company headquartered in Campbell, California, with additional offices worldwide.

The following are trademarks of Equator Technologies, Inc., and may be used to identify Equator products only: Equator, the Equator logo, Equator Around, the Equator Around logo, MAP, MAP1000, MAP1000A, MAP-CA, MAP Series, BSP, FIRtree, DataStreamer, DS, iMMediaC, iMMediaTools, iMMediaToolsLite, Media Intrinsics, VersaPort, SofTV, StingRay, Dolphin, and Tetra. The following are registered trademarks of Cable Television Laboratories Incorporated: CableLabs and CableNET.

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