ViXS®, Topfield and Morega Join Forces to Develop Next Generation Mobility Gateway Set-Top Box

ViXS' XCode® System-on-Chip Delivers Superior Performance And Transcoding to Enable Multi-Screen Video

TORONTO, Jan. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - ViXS Systems Inc. today announced a partnership with Topfield to develop a highly-advanced media gateway set-top box (STB) design. This innovative design demonstrates the high-performance multimedia functions of the XCode® 4210 STB processor and ViXS Xtensiv® software combination, and the secure multi-screen content portability provided by Morega Systems' software solution. Topfield is a global leader and innovator in advanced set-top box design. This unique design will be showcased at the ViXS Systems booth at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the Las Vegas Convention Center in MP25958, South Hall 2.

The XCode 4210 STB processor is a proven STB system-on-chip (SoC) and was the industry's first full STB SoC with an integrated dual HD transcoder. The XCode 4210 is currently in production and offers unique system architecture for off-loading real-time intensive functions such as transcoding, encoding, 2D/3D graphics and network processing. The result of this innovative architecture is high-resource availability on the main CPU therefore providing the best system performance and user experience for any advanced middleware solutions. The XCode 4210 STB SoC also integrates best-in-class ViXS' patented transcoding technology and Morega Systems' proprietary secure content mobility software solution to enable multi-screen place shifting, critical to leading operators for creating new revenue opportunities across multiple platforms.

Key features of the XCode 4210:

  • Dual HD (High definition) decoding
  • Integrated dual HD to HD transcoding
  • Single HD encoding
  • Encodes, decodes and transcodes HD video up to 1080p60/50
  • High performance CPU architecture with up to 3,500 DMIPS available for Application Hosting
  • Advanced 2D graphics engine
  • Advanced 3D graphics engine fully compliant to OpenGL ES2.0 at 1080p resolution
  • Dedicated network processor for high throughput
  • Support of full HD resolution 3D TV
  • Support for Over-The-Top (OTT) video services and content
  • Integration of a wide range of peripherals, including: PCI Express, USB, Serial ATA, Gigabit Ethernet, and DDR3

"When we were looking for a hardware platform for our premium content portability software solutions, ViXS Systems XCode was the perfect choice," said Philip Poulidis, president and CEO of Morega Systems Inc. "We were looking for a technology that was flexible, powerful, robust and at the leading edge of network media processing. Only with such a platform could our innovative technology be demonstrated and launched in broadcaster services this year."

"In the era of content mobility, the versatility to transcode content to different formats has evolved from luxury to necessity. It brings us both enthusiasm and excitement to cooperate with ViXS, who stands out as a sole source of high performance, market-proven transcoding functionality." said YongChul Lee, president and CEO of Topfield. "Topfield has, for many years, been at the forefront of developing novel STB technology. The ViXS XCode4210 system-on-chip provides us with a powerful solution that allows us to continue to deliver trend-setting innovative products."

"The capability of supporting content mobility and advanced user interface is a prevalent requirement in the set-top box market and the ViXS XCode 4210 system-on-chip provides the most advanced system performance and transcoding functionality," said Sally Daub, president and CEO of ViXS Systems. "We are very happy to be collaborating with such a leading set-top box manufacturer as Topfield and such a leading software partner as Morega Systems.  It is exciting to be working with these two great companies to be the first to demonstrate and develop the most advanced and innovative media gateway and multi-screen solution required by leading service and content providers worldwide."

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About Morega Systems Inc.
Morega Systems (www.morega.com) is a provider of content portability solutions that give service providers and consumer electronics equipment manufacturers a better way to extend multimedia content beyond the television to any viewing device. Morega's unique approach to content delivery uses a sophisticated authentication, encryption and digital rights management system to protect copyrighted material and to allow users to view optimized, high-quality video either across a broadband network connection via adaptive bit rate streaming, or without a network connection via sideloading. Morega's unique analytics system also tracks when specific content is viewed on alternative devices, thus enabling TV Everywhere and the Connected Home while still preserving advertising revenue for content providers.

About Topfield
Topfield (www.topfield.com) has been leading initiatives in the digital broadcasting industry. Since its establishment in 1998 on Korea, Topfield has maintained technological excellence and market popularity on the basis of continuous promotion for the products under its own brand and relentless innovations. Topfield emerged as a market trend setter in the STB industry by developing its unique ASIC design technology and, as a result, introducing the first STB (now commonly known as PVR or DVR) with two tuners and recording capability in the world. Moreover, Topfield has followed the initial success by pioneering novel STB functionalities such as four simultaneous recording, intelligent recording and TAP (Topfield Application Program, at least 5 years before Apple's counterpart was launched). The superior technology and reliable quality of Topfield have been perennially recognized in the global markets. At present, Topfield is viewed as the standard in the PVR industry and partners with over 60 distributors in more than 40 countries worldwide.

About ViXS Systems Inc.
ViXS (www.vixs.com) is a multimedia solutions innovator providing technologies for processing, managing, securing and distributing high quality video and audio allowing seamless control, conversion, and connectivity between many classes and sizes of digital entertainment devices. ViXS supplies advanced System-on-Chip semiconductors, software solutions and hardware reference designs for the world's top manufacturers of Digital TVs, DVDs, Set-top boxes, Personal Video Recorders, PCs, Network-Attached Storage devices, Residential/Home Gateways, Blu-ray players/recorders, as well as Broadcast and Professional Equipment OEMs. ViXS is headquartered in Toronto, Canada with global operations and offices in Europe, Asia and North America. ViXS has filed more than 334 patents worldwide with over 103 patents being issued to date. Listed for four years running as one of Deloitte's fastest growing North American companies, ViXS is setting new standards in the way digital entertainment is viewed and transmitted across an endless array of multimedia products.

ViXS, the ViXS® logo, XCode® and Xtensiv® are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of ViXS. Other registered or unregistered marks are the property of their respective owners.

The TOPFIELD® logo is trademark and/or registered trademark of Topfield.

SOURCE ViXS Systems Inc.

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Media Contacts:

Lizbeth Dison
For Morega Systems, Inc.
Calysto Communications, Inc.
ldison@calysto.com
(404) 266-2060, x519

David Jones
ViXS Systems, Inc.
djones@vixs.com
(416) 646-2000

Ian Kim
Topfield
iankim@topfield.co.kr
(+82) 31 778 0845

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