ViXS Begins Shipments of Industry's First SoC to Support Ultra HD 4K and 10-bit HEVC

XCode 6400 Enables New Consumer Devices with Stunning Image Color and Clarity

TORONTO, Dec. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The future of Ultra HD content distribution and display begins…now. ViXS Systems Inc. (TSX: VXS), a pioneer and leader in media processing silicon solutions, today announced that it is now shipping its groundbreaking XCode 6400 System-on-Chip (SoC) for the service provider and consumer electronics markets. The XCode 6400 is the first SoC to successfully support High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) Main 10 Profile - helping drive the transition to Ultra HD 4K across the entire content distribution value chain.  Samples of the XCode 6400 are available immediately. Production shipments begin in January 2014, and ViXS has booked orders for delivery in February and March.

Leveraging the XCode 6400's unique processing architecture, equipment manufacturers are now free to design new products that push the boundaries of performance and feature ultra-low power consumption with sleek form factors. With the processing power to handle today's software-intensive networking, display and streaming services, the XCode 6400 empowers manufacturers to meet surging demand for 4K products and take advantage of the incredible color depth and picture clarity of 10-bit media.

"With the XCode 6400, ViXS has delivered the world's first SoC that enables device manufacturers to deliver on the promise of 4K technology - and to do it now," said Sally Daub, President and CEO, ViXS Systems Inc.  "ViXS' deep customer relationships, vast technology portfolio, and flawless execution have again enabled us to anticipate a major inflection in the industry, and give our customers the time-to-market advantage they need to successfully meet the demands of consumers."

The XCode 6400 SoC can decode HEVC-based content and display resolutions up to Ultra HD 4K (3840x2160 pixels) at a full 60 frames per second.  ViXS was the leading proponent of 10-bit media processing during the HEVC standards process, and an active contributor to the formation of the technical specifications.  The higher color bit depth allows for smoother color transitions in video, resolving color-banding issues, and brings more than 1 billion colors to life in Ultra HD.

ViXS' flexible, industry-leading XCode architecture enables customers to take full advantage of its patented real-time media processing and off-loading capabilities. The media-processing hardware cores offload functions such as transcoding, video streaming, and audio processing, resulting in a chip that is more cost effective, more processing efficient, and draws less energy when compared to other architectures relying on central processing unit (CPU), digital signal processing (DSP) and/or graphics processor unit (GPU) technology.

ViXS will demonstrate the power of its XCode 6400 family at the 2014 International CES, January 7-10, at the Las Vegas Convention Center (South Hall 2 - MP25953).

About ViXS Systems Inc.

ViXS is the pioneer and market leader in designing revolutionary media processing semiconductor solutions for the broadcasting and consumer electronics industries, with over 428 patents issued and pending worldwide, numerous industry awards for innovation, and over 28 million media processor shipments to date.  ViXS is driving the transition to Ultra HD 4K across the entire content value chain by providing professional and consumer grade chipsets that support the new High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard up to Main 10 Profile, reducing bandwidth consumption by 50% while providing the depth of color and image clarity needed to take advantage of higher-resolution content. ViXS' XCodePro 3xx family is ideal for Ultra HD 4K infrastructure equipment, and the XCode 6xxx family of system-on-chip (SoC) products achieve unprecedented levels of integration that enable manufacturers to create cost-effective consumer entertainment devices.

ViXS is headquartered in Toronto, Canada with offices in Europe, Asia and North America.  VIXS, the ViXS® logo, XCode®, XCodePro™, XConnex™ and Xtensiv™ are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of ViXS. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  For more information on ViXS, visit our website: www.vixs.com.

SOURCE ViXS Systems Inc.

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