ATI, Skelmir, Zentek Demonstrate DVB MHP Reference Solution at IBC

9/15/2003 - Zentek Technology Group is teaming with ATI Technologies (NASDAQ:ATYT) and Skelmir at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) to demonstrate how their partnership minimizes development costs while delivering state-of-the-art set-top solutions for digital television. The three companies will demonstrate the interoperability of Zentek's MediaStack-MHPTM, ATI's Set-Top Wonder Xilleon and Skelmir's CEE-J Virtual Machine throughout IBC, which runs Sept. 12-16, 2003, in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The demonstration reflects how Zentek's multimedia home platform (MHP) product family uses Linux and employs open standards to cut costs for set-top box manufacturers. The MediaStack-MHP design enables the delivery of enhanced digital television applications and services via digital broadcast streams in markets that comply with digital video broadcast (DVB) specifications.

Such markets are emerging rapidly in North America, Asia, Europe and Australia, and Zentek is helping ensure that hardware is available to meet the growing demand.

"Zentek continues to develop integrated client reference solutions that reduce MHP development risk for digital set-top box and television manufacturers," said Shozo Ohtani, president and chief executive officer, Zentek Technology Group. "Zentek is delighted to add ATI and Skelmir as Zentek MHP development partners. We look forward to delivering production product to our mutual customers."

"The ATI XILLEON solution for the digital television market is a highly integrated package that is low cost yet powerful enough to drive the latest, most-demanding interactive environments," said David Gould, senior software marketing manager, DTV Group, Consumer Products Division, ATI Technologies Inc. "Zentek and Skelmir provide us with a portable, pre-integrated solution that enables a highly interactive environment that is in demand now by many of our DTV customers."

Set-Top Wonder Xilleon, ATI's fourth-generation reference platform, has been created as a complete reference design for consumer electronics manufacturers developing low-cost, high-performance digital video consumer devices. This platform incorporates ATI's XILLEON chipset, an advanced and highly integrated system-on-chip suitable for a range of digital devices, including set-top boxes, digital TVs, home media gateways and TV-enabled Web pads.

"We have found that the Set-Top Wonder Xilleon reference platform enables a number of new OEM opportunities for us due to the single-chip support for high-definition television," said Shari Agatstein, president, Skelmir. "This ultimately leads to quicker time-to-market for our customers. We are pleased to work collaboratively with ATI and Zentek to provide cost-effective and integrated interactive solutions for OEMs."

ATI and Skelmir will be demonstrating Zentek's MediaStack-MHP for Xilleon with Skelmir's CEE-J Virtual Machine at IBC in Hall 4, Stand 271. To schedule a demonstration and interview with Zentek, ATI and Skelmir commercial and technical executives, contact Ms. Orlina Bautista, +1 650-482-9100,

About Zentek Technology Group
Zentek, a DVB member, develops software and provides engineering services for the digital consumer electronics market with a focus on two areas: digital television and mobile digital devices. The company pioneered mobile device emulation tools that shorten product development cycles. Zentek Technology Group's U.S. headquarters is in Redwood City, California. The company was founded in 1997 and is a subsidiary of Zentek Technology Japan, Inc. with shares traded on the Japan New Market, code 4296. The company also has offices in Tokyo and Osaka in Japan, and in Singapore. Further information can be found at

About ATI Technologies
ATI Technologies Inc. is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative 3D graphics and digital media silicon solutions. An industry pioneer since 1985, ATI is the world's foremost visual processor unit (VPU) provider and is dedicated to deliver leading-edge performance solutions for the full range of PC and Mac desktop and notebook platforms, workstation, set-top and digital television, game console and handheld markets. With 2002 revenues in excess of US $1 billion, ATI has more than 2,000 employees in the Americas, Europe and Asia. ATI common shares trade on NASDAQ (ATYT) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (ATY). For media or industry analyst support, visit our Web site at

About Skelmir
Skelmir provides world-class embedded solutions for hosting MHP, OSGi, browsers & other interactive applications and industry standards on a variety of platforms and devices. Skelmir's clean room technology arms customers with the tools necessary for quick and reliable deployment of their applications and services. Skelmir offers technology backed by a team of experts dedicated to perfecting practical and market ready embedded solutions. Additional information is available by email at or on the Web at

DVB and MHP are registered trademarks of the DVB Project.

Skelmir and CEE-J are trademarks of Skelmir. Java and all Java based marks are trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. Skelmir, LLC is an independent company offering proven clean room virtual machine technologies for multiple Java Platforms. Skelmir is not affiliated with Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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