5/14/2003 - On2 Technologies, Inc. (AMEX: ONT), a leading designer of software-based video compression algorithms and streaming technology, and Equator Technologies Inc., a leading provider of high-performance, programmable and power-efficient system-on-a-chip (SoC) processors for video streaming and image processing applications, announced that On2's new VP6 codec has been ported to the Equator BSP-15 chip. The BSP-15, coupled with On2's VP6, works in conjunction with Equator's Tetra hardware platform, to offer a complete streaming video solution that delivers low-bitrate, high-resolution video-on-demand for set-top boxes and entertainment devices.
"The VP6 on our BSP-15 offers OEMs a solid solution for differentiating their set-top box offering for delivering streaming video to the home," said Rich Christopher, CEO of Equator. "We're excited to support On2's ongoing commitment to delivering powerful video compression technology. As an open source provider of programmable video processors, we find true value in being able to enable our customers with new technologies today, instead of tomorrow."
VP6 is the newest and most powerful codec offered by On2 and has been designed to support large image files, including high-definition, to deliver increased sharpness and resolution. The codec uses up to 50 percent fewer CPU cycles on DSPs allowing faster decoding times, for real-time and archived video, than its predecessor VP5. The VP6 codec also produces PSNR (peak signal-to-noise ratio) numbers that are superior to VP5 and other industry leading compression formats.
"Equator is our most enduring relationship in the DSP industry and we are pleased to announce that VP6 works on the BSP-15 and is available now, ahead of any other product in the market," said Douglas A. McIntyre, chairman, president and CEO of On2. "Equator and On2 have been producing a winning combination for more than two years, and this partnership now takes its next step to deliver next-generation VOD technology to the market."
About Equator Technologies Inc.
Equator Technologies is a provider of high-performance, programmable and power-efficient system-on-a-chip (SoC) processors for video streaming and image processing applications. Equator offers its proprietary BSP family of chips, iMMediaTools® software development toolkit, media libraries and reference platforms to more than 150 customers worldwide. Equator's video- centric SoC solutions are available for digital media, digital video communications and video security and surveillance applications. Founded in 1996, Equator is a privately held company headquartered in Campbell, California, with additional offices worldwide. More information about Equator is available online at www.equator.com.
About On2 Technologies, The Duck Corporation
On2 Technologies (Amex: ONT) is a leading technology firm at the forefront of video compression. The Company revolutionized video encoding with the creation of its advanced full-motion, full-screen, video compression and streaming technology (TrueMotion VP4/VP5/VP6). On2 licenses its high quality video codecs for use in set-top boxes, consumer electronics devices and wireless applications. In addition, On2 offers a suite of products and services, including high-level video encoding, customized technical support, and consulting/integration services. Located in New York City, the Company has an office in Clifton Park, NY, and operations in Cambridge, UK. On2 may be reached at 21 Corporate Drive, Suite 103, Clifton Park, NY 12065 or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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