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Equator and AMD Introduce Sailfish STB Reference Platform

IP-STB features expanded codec, security, VoIP and router/gateway support (April 15, 2005)

Equator Technologies, Inc. (“Equator”), a leading provider of high-performance, programmable and power-efficient system-on-a-chip (SoC) processors for video streaming and processing applications, today announced availability of the Sailfish set-top box hardware platform. This joint reference design couples the AMD Alchemy Au1550 processor with an Equator BSP SoC and features enhancements requested by platform developers including enhanced codec support, integrated security features and expanded video input processing. These features simplify the design process and extend device functionality.

The hardware reference platform includes software support for AVC/H.264 Main Profile/MPEG-4 Part 10, MPEG-4 Part 2, VC-1 and MPEG-2 at high definition, plus extensibility to support other codec formats and video input processing, as well as network router, gateway, higher performance VPN and Voice-over-IP (VoIP) capabilities.

The Sailfish Triple-Play platform uses the Au1550 processor as the host processor, providing a low-power, high-performance MIPS-based design that implements security features directly into the hardware, reducing software load in processing network security protocols. The Au1550 processor handles network communication, router/gateway functions, and VoIP, and provides a familiar platform for those supporting IP-STB networking and user-interface functions.

The Equator BSP processor powers the multimedia portion of the IP-STB functionality, supporting today’s advanced codec technologies including VC-1, AVC, and MPEG-2, and also provides the ability to support H.263++/H.264 video phone capabilities. The combination of both processors yields a scalable, high-performing design that customer premises equipment makers may tailor to network operator requirements and cost targets.

“We’re taking best-of-breed, pixel-perfect video and multimedia processing to the next level with additional network integrated services,” said John O’ Donnell, co-founder and CTO of Equator Technologies. “Equator, AMD, and associated companies have collaborated to allow operator deployments to begin this year based on products derived from this reference design. We look forward to the next step of servicing key customer premise equipment suppliers with the working, cost-effective reference design in conjunction with AMD.”

“AMD collaborated with Equator to provide our shared customers an advanced design platform for demanding multimedia applications. We were collectively able to integrate an array of new platform and codec support, complemented with secure network connectivity features, directly responding to requests from the developer community,” said Paul Smith, vice president of operations, Personal Connectivity Solutions Group, AMD.

Equator and partners will demonstrate MPEG-4 Part 10 Main Profile L3 on the Sailfish Hardware Reference Platform at the Equator pod in the MPEG Industry Forum Pavilion, booth # SL5310A. AMD and Equator are also hosting meetings on the technology at Equator’s on-floor meeting room, booth # SL3062-MR.

About Equator Technologies, Inc.
Equator Technologies is a provider of high-performance, programmable and power-efficient system-on-a-chip (SoC) processors for video streaming and image processing applications. Equator offers its proprietary BSP family of chips, iMMediaTools® software development toolkit, media libraries and reference platforms to customers worldwide. Equator’s video-centric SoC solutions are available for digital media, digital video communications and video security and surveillance applications. Founded in 1996, Equator is a privately held company headquartered in Campbell, California, with additional offices worldwide.

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