Pico Digital Expands ViXS' Designs in Broadcast & Professional Market

TORONTO, April 12 /CNW/ - ViXS Systems Inc., a leading provider of smart network multimedia processors, announced today that Pico Digital, a leading professional & broadcast OEM, has chosen the XCode(R) media processor system-on-chip (SoC) in their SVT series digital headend/CATV transcoder system.

Pico Digital's Standard Communications(TM) branded SVT series digital headend transcoder enables seamless real-time transcoding of television programs to allow the conversion of delivery formats to match distribution system requirements. Powered by ViXS' advanced video processing technology, the SVT allows simultaneous transcoding of up to eight programs between various formats. The SVT series utilizes the flexibility of XCode(R) to transcode video to various SD/HD resolutions; transcode various audio formats; as well as provide advanced transport stream processing including AFD, DVB Subtitles, DVB VBI Data, North American VBI (SCTE 127), and Closed Captioning (EIA-708).

"We are pleased that Pico Digital recognizes the many advantages offered by ViXS in the broadcast and professional market," said Ms. Sally Daub, President and CEO of ViXS Systems Inc. "Our highly integrated SoC, excellent video quality and a robust software stack from ViXS has enabled Pico Digital to provide a truly differentiated product."

"We are very enthusiastic about our collaboration with ViXS Systems. The choice of ViXS XCode(R) technology for our product line has enabled us to rapidly develop a highly integrated and compelling solution for a wide range of end market applications," said Mr. Ian Lerner, CEO, for Pico Digital. "We expect to deploy our SVT devices to over 1,000 CATV headends during the first half of 2011."

SVT Transcoder features the following capabilities:

    -   Eight stream HD transcoder
    -   Full decode/re-encode; Smart XCode(R) mode implementation
    -   Flexibility to support all HD and SD resolutions
    -   Support of wide range of bit rates: 0.5Mbps to 30Mbps
    -   Flexibility in rate control: CBR, VBR and capped VBR
    -   Scene change detection, face detection
    -   Programmable GOP structure
    -   Dynamic parameter changes
    -   AFD, DVB Subtitles, DVB VBI Data, North American VBI (SCTE-127)
    -   Closed captioning (EIA-708)

SVT Series Transcoder is currently available. Please visit www.picodigital.com or email sales@picodigital.com for more information.

For any inquiries about ViXS please visit www.vixs.com or email sales@vixs.com.

About Pico Digital Inc.

Pico Digital, Inc. provides unique comprehensive customer solutions in the broadband, satellite, cable and broadcast markets. As a worldwide leader in the industry, we are committed to delivering technology excellence, providing high-performance and innovative products ranging from digital and analog head-end/electronics, distribution and drop products to satellite, CATV and terrestrial multi-media communication systems. Pico Digital possesses a portfolio complete with the highest level of design, engineering, production, quality assurance and technical support, offering digital product solutions for today's market requirements.

About ViXS Systems Inc.

ViXS 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 240 patents worldwide with over 70 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.

For more information on ViXS, please visit our website: www.vixs.com.

SOURCE ViXS Systems Inc.

For further information: ViXS Information Contact: Janet Craig, Tel: (647) 260-2056, E-mail: jcraig@vixs.com; Pico Digital Information Contact: Eitan Bendesky, Tel: (858) 546-5050, E-mail: ebendesky@picodigital.com

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