Equator BSP-15 Chip First to Deliver High Definition Windows Media 9 Series to Consumer Market

9/16/2002 - Equator Technologies, a leading provider of high-performance, programmable and power-efficient system-on-a-chip processors for video streaming and image processing applications, announced the immediate availability of support for the new Microsoft Windows Media Audio 9 and Windows Media Video 9 on its flagship BSPTM-15 chip. In doing so, the Equator BSP-15 chip becomes the first hardware platform to decode high-definition Windows Media Video 9 at 720p, which is two and a half times the resolution of a DVD, to the consumer electronics industry, offering manufacturers of DVD players, VOD systems, personal video recorders and other video-centric consumer electronic appliances unprecedented performance, product differentiation and time-to-market advantage. This new capability with Windows Media Video 9 will be demonstrated at IBC2002 (International Broadcasting Convention) in Amsterdam, September 13-17 at the Microsoft booth (#4.160).

Equator's BSP-15 chip is a high-performance, programmable, power-efficient system-on-a-chip processor designed for video streaming and image processing applications. At 400Mhz, the BSP-15 chip delivers up to 40 GOPs of image processing power. Using a low-cost single-chip solution, the outstanding performance of the BSP-15 chip enables Windows Media Video 9 to provide high-definition video playback (up to 720p). The price, performance and low power consumption of the BSP-15 chip make it an ideal choice for a wide range of digital video consumer products.

"When we designed Windows Media 9 Series, our goal was to help power breakthrough experiences for consumers and create new opportunities for the industry," said Dave Fester, general manager of the Windows Digital Media Division at Microsoft Corp. "Equator’s amazing achievement with Windows Media Audio and Video 9 Series redefines the level of quality and price performance available to the consumer electronics industry."

"We built the BSP-15 chip to offer an unbeatable set of value propositions – price, performance, programmability and, ultimately, time-to-market. We are putting this to work for our customers in the consumer space with the new Windows Media Audio and Video 9 Series port," said Avi Katz, president and CEO of Equator. "Using a low-cost, single-chip solution that is available now, we’re ahead of the technology curve in bringing the highest audio and video quality to our customers."

About Equator Technologies (www.equator.com)
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 40 GOPS of video processing power. Utilizing Equator’s optimizing compiler technology, the BSP-15 chips are 100% 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 "2001 Fabless Semiconductor Association Best Financial Performer - Private Company" award and picked by Cahners Research as the top private company on the list of 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, Calif., with additional offices worldwide.

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