Equator Technologies Debuts Enabling Platform for Home Video Conferencing at Broadband Plus 2002

12/6/2002 - 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 at Broadband Plus 2002 the debut of its Home Video Conferencing (HVC) Reference Design Kit, featuring Equator's proprietary BSPTM-15 processor and TetraTM Hardware Platform and software from VCON, Inc., a leader in videoconferencing systems that offers high-quality transmission of video, voice and data over IP networks.

This combination of Equator's powerful and flexible VLIW digital media-processing platform and VCON's best-of-breed video conferencing software offers consumer device manufacturers the ability to rapidly expand product functionality with minimal hardware investment. The software developed and optimized by VCON for the Tetra Hardware Platform enables videoconferencing using the ITU protocol H.323 v2, supplying video telephony features and advanced QoS capabilities for the HVC Kit.

Equator's Tetra hardware platform provides the small form factor, I/O options and networking capabilities that easily integrate into any video-centric product space; wired or wireless, handheld or set-top. The all-in-one reference design provides Equator's OEM customers with a low-cost, compact solution for rapid integration of video conferencing functionality in either Cable or IP-based set-top boxes (STBs), enabling features such as video chat. The powerful, programmable and modular nature of the HVC platform replaces multiple ASICs and CPUs, reducing production cost while offering OEMs a reusable platform for multiple applications in the same video-centric device.

"Equator is constantly revisiting and upgrading our product portfolio to support our customers with the industry's most powerful and versatile products," said Rich Christopher, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at Equator. "Our Home Video Conferencing Reference Design helps our customers expand product functionality, enabling rapid differentiation using a consistent platform."

Using the new HVC Kit, Equator is demonstrating a digital media communications convergence device combining a TV broadcast with video conferencing picture-in-picture (PIP) at Broadband Plus 2002.

Equator is conducting demonstrations in the CableNET Pavilion at Broadband Plus 2002 in Anaheim during December 4-6.

About Equator Technologies Inc.:
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. More information about Equator is available at www.equator.com.

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