Market Demand for Highest Quality Digital Video Drives DivXNetworks and Equator Alliance

9/17/2002 - DivXNetworks, the company that created the revolutionary patent-pending DivX video compression technology, and 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 an alliance to provide best-of-class, DivX-certified solutions for next generation consumer video electronics devices. The relationship between DivXNetworks and Equator will ensure that DivX-branded products provide consumers with the highest level of video quality and performance.

With over 65 million worldwide users, DivX is the leading video compression technology compatible with the MPEG-4 standard. The global market demand for DivX video compression technology among consumer electronics manufacturers is driving the need for best-of-breed video processing. Equator’s BSP-15 system-on-a-chip solution provides the ideal platform for next generation DivX-powered consumer entertainment devices. At 400MHz, the BSP-15 system-on-a-chip delivers up to 40 GOPS of image processing power and high-definition delivery.

"Equator is a natural partner to complement our focus on delivering the best DivX video experience to a wide range of consumer electronics devices and ensuring that those products reach the market in a timely manner," said Jordan Greenhall, co-founder and CEO of DivXNetworks, Inc. "Equator’s BSP-15 system-on-a-chip is a leading high performance processor at a price point appropriate for a wide range of consumer-electronics appliances, and it meets our rigorous technical demands for high-quality video."

"Our fully programmable platform allows us to support market-accepted compression technologies with implementations available now for next generation consumer video entertainment device planning," said Avi Katz, president and CEO of Equator. "DivXNetworks has a broad market following and we are excited to work with DivXNetworks and jointly meet the high quality video expectations."

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 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.

About DivXNetworks
DivXNetworks is a leading technology company that enables the rapid proliferation of video content over Internet Protocol (IP) networks by combining the lightweight, ubiquitous access of the Internet with DVD-quality video performance. The company’s approach is built upon the success of the DivXTM codec, a leading standard for MPEG-4 compatible video distribution with over 65 million users worldwide, and the DivX Open Video SystemTM, a next-generation content delivery system that provides unsurpassed aggregation, promotion, and distribution of video content for mass markets. DivXNetworks is headquartered in San Diego, California, with a satellite office in Los Angeles.

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.

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