Equator Powers New Broadband Plasma TV System with BSP-15 Processor

8/28/2003 - 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 its BSPTM-15 processor has been chosen to provide advanced multi-format video processing for a new broadband plasma TV system.

Equator’s BSP-15 processor is adopted by Sony for its new plasma WEGA TVs, in models KED-P50HZ1 and KDE-P42HZ1, which will be launched to the market in fall of 2003. The BSP-15 processor is chosen for its video processing performance and for its ability to handle all major video formats for broadcast TV and for media on the Internet. Within these Sony TV models, the BSP-15 processor acts as the media accelerator in the media receiver, driving the plasma display and decoding multi-format digital content. The BSP-15 processor is also used for real-time re-encoding of audio and video into a low bit-rate stream, which is delivered wirelessly from the main media receiver to the portable media palette via 802.11a technology.

Equator’s BSP-15 chip also provides video processing in the companion “Air-Tact” LCD palette of Sony’s new plasma WEGA TVs. There, the BSP-15 processor acts as a complete video-centric SoC, running an embedded real-time operating system, an Internet browser and performing all media decoding, including reading JPEG images stored on a Memory Stick.

"We are proud to count Sony as one of our most valued customers," said Rich Christopher, president and CEO of Equator. "Sony's vision in the consumer electronics space has pushed us to realize the potential of our hardware and software solutions, and we look forward to continuing our relationship to produce advanced consumer electronic appliances."

About the Equator BSP-15 Processor
Equator's BSP-15 processor is a 100% C/C++ programmable, system-on-a-chip solution that is based on proprietary VLIW architecture. The BSP-15 processor is unmatched as a multi-format media-processing engine, with a list of supported codecs that includes Windows Media 9 Series (in standard definition and 720p high definition), H.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, RealVideo, DivX, H.263, H.263+, and VP6. The BSP-15 processor unifies host processor functionalities with media processing capabilities, SDRAM and PCI interfaces, a DES engine, and a rich multimedia I/O system to meet all of the system needs of high performance digital media applications. With this flexible platform, Consumer Electronics OEMs can choose use the BSP-15 processor as either the industry's most powerful media accelerator in a co-processor environment or in single-chip designs to reduce system cost.

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