Oak Technology Releases Programmable Solution for Imaging, Printing

5/27/2003 - Oak Technology, Inc., (Nasdaq: OAKT) a leading provider of embedded solutions for the digital imaging and digital home entertainment markets, announced the availability of its OTI-4100, a highly integrated, fully programmable, system-on-a-chip (SOC) solution based on Oak's QuatroTM imaging DSP platform. The OTI-4100 complements its predecessor, Oak's OTI-4110, by providing a set of features and performance optimized for entry-level print appliances. This single-chip solution integrates the processing capabilities and connectivity modules that enable quick time-to-market implementation in the rapidly growing market for stand-alone printers. This market includes color inkjet MFPs, monochrome and color laser MFPs and direct-connect photo printers with USB or memory card interfaces as well as any printer requiring one or more PC-independent functions.

The OTI-4100 provides an unparalleled level of price/performance and is optimized to meet the needs of entry-level market segments within the personal imaging and printing appliance markets. The rapid growth of these categories has been driven by factors including lower prices and increased bundling, innovative features and the proliferation of image-rich content from digital cameras, scanned documents and photos, and the Web. The OTI-4100 has been specifically designed to address the aggressive cost requirements of entry-level segments and its full programmability allows original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to bring differentiated products to market quickly, cost-effectively and with more value-added features.

The OTI-4100 incorporates two proven processors, the ARM7TDMI® RISC CPU core and Quatro SIMD DSP core. This pairing provides OEMs with a compelling combination of high performance and easy-to-use programmability. The ARM® CPU core delivers high-performance system and control processing with industry leading code density and an extremely high quality development environment. "Oak is a leader in providing integrated solutions giving fast time-to-market and high-performance processing for imaging OEMs," said John Rayfield, vice president, U.S. Marketing, ARM. "This key partnership positions ARM as the architecture of choice for low-cost, intelligent imaging systems such as ink and laser-based MFPs."

"Oak's OTI-4100, pairing the cost-effective ARM7 with Oak's Quatro imaging DSP, further strengthens Oak's Quatro SOC product line, meeting the unique demands of the expanded PC independent personal appliance market," said Keith Kmetz, program director, hardcopy peripherals solutions and services at IDC, a market research firm. "This strongly positions Oak Technology's product line-up in the low-end segment* which is projected to grow 35% worldwide from 2001 to 2006."

"The Quatro platform is the foundation of a family of innovative SOCs targeting a range of emerging products in the imaging and printing markets," said Neil Epstein, director of product marketing, Oak Technology Imaging Group. "The OTI-4100 is our latest product that allows our OEM customers to develop products with both outstanding image quality and greatly differentiated features. With the addition of the OTI-4100 to Oak's product family, we provide our customers with a platform that covers the needs of their entire inkjet and personal laser product lines."

* photo inkjet printers and <$200 inkjet MFPs

Engineering samples of the OTI-4100, packaged in a cost-effective 216-pin LQFP, will be available beginning in June. For more information on Oak Technology and its industry-leading solutions, please visit www.oaktech.com or contact a sales representative at 781-638-7500.

About Oak Technology
Oak Technology, Inc., a leading provider of solutions for the manipulation and distribution of digital content, is committed to driving the emerging world of connected consumer appliances. The company's fully integrated products and technologies target two key markets: digital imaging (advanced copiers, printers, faxes, scanners and MFPs) and digital home entertainment (digital TV, HDTV and PVRs).

Oak Technology's Imaging Group, based in Woburn, MA, is a leading provider of software, imaging processors and system-on-a-chip solutions to the world's top printer OEMs including Canon, Hewlett-Packard, Okidata, Ricoh, Sharp, Toshiba TEC and Xerox. Oak Technology supplies technology to more than 40 OEMs worldwide, collectively representing 80 percent of the printing peripheral market. Oak's imaging products include IPSTM (Integrated Print System) page description language emulations (PCL, PostScript and PDF); imaging compression /decompression (iCODECTM) processors for digital imaging; and Imaging Digital Signal Processors (iDSPTM). Oak's complete system controller solutions for the personal imaging and printing markets include the OTI-4110, the first in a series of embedded programmable system-on-a-chip solutions based on its Quatro architecture.

Oak Technology is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA and the company trades on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange under the symbol OAKT. Additional information about Oak and its digital solutions can be found at www.oaktech.com.

Oak Technology is a registered trademark of Oak Technology, Inc. The Oak logo, Quatro and OTI-4100 are common law trademarks of Oak Technology, Inc. ARM and ARM7TDMI are registered trademarks of ARM Limited. ARM7 is a trademark of ARM Limited. "ARM" is used to represent ARM Holdings plc (LSE:ARM and Nasdaq:ARMHY); its operating company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM, Inc.; ARM, KK; ARM Korea Ltd.; ARM Taiwan; ARM France SAS; and ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.

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