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Teranex Introduces Two New Low-Cost Format Converters

Teranex Mini and XMR provide high-end performance at a fraction of the cost (August 19, 2005)

Teranex, a division of Silicon Optix and leader in providing high performance solutions for the broadcast and post production market, today announced they will be showing two new hardware platforms at the 2005 IBC show in Amsterdam. The first new platform, called the Teranex Mini, is a portable, low cost DTV format converter that brings the quality of the post production level Teranex solutions to the mass market with a palm sized ?use anywhere package. The Teranex Mini can be used as a standalone portable DTV format converter, or three Minis can be rack-mounted on a 1RU shelf.

The second new platform, the XMR is a cost reduced companion to the existing XM modular platform. The XMR fits in the same Thomson Kameleon chassis as the original XM and uses the same Newton control panel, SNMP, and web control infrastructures. Teranexs newest modular product is not a replacement for the current XM module, but rather an alternative for budget conscious customers.

Both of these new hardware platforms are based on the new Silicon Optix Realta HQV chip, the award winning video processor from Teranexs parent company.

?The Realta HQV chip was developed over the past 3 years at a cost of $30 Million with the goal of bringing the power of the Teranex platform to a single chip, said Jed Deame, Co-founder and General Manager of Teranex. ?This level of price/performance is unmatched anywhere in the industry, and probably will be for some time.

The Teranex Mini and XMR provide performance approaching that of Teranexs much larger box and blade-level platforms at a fraction of the cost. Thanks to the performance and integration of the Realta HQV chip, Teranex is now able to meet entry level price points while still reaching the level of quality Teranex customers have come to expect.

New features in XMR include HD side conversions (1080i to and from 720p at both 50 and 60 Hz) and animated logo insertion. Additional features include closed caption conversion, audio processing and timecode conversion. XMR is also available in a low-latency version for time sensitive applications.

?I am pleased that we are finally able to answer our customers requests to bring Teranex quality to entry-level applications, continued Deame. ?We can now offer solutions at various price points to address every possible conversion application.
Teranexs fully programmable, trillions-of-operations-per-second video processing systems have been adopted by thousands of the most quality conscious broadcasters and post-production houses worldwide.

The Teranex Mini and XMR Module will be shipping worldwide in the October/November timeframe.

Please visit the IBC Stand 9.340 to view the newest platforms and applications from Teranex.

About Teranex
Teranex, a Division of Silicon Optix, produces high performance, future-proof solutions for the digital media professional serving the content creation, content distribution, and content consumption markets. The industry-leading array processing platforms combine the flexibility of a programmable solution with the high-throughput of a real-time multi-use platform. Teranex solutions include DTV format conversion, video noise reduction, film restoration, pre/post compression processing and image enhancement. Teranex is continually adding enhancements and new applications and is committed to providing long-term value to its customers.

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About Silicon Optix
Silicon Optix Inc, a digital video platform company, is a leading supplier of advanced video/image processing integrated circuits (ICs) and systems. The company's products are driving three unique technologies into a broad range of markets: a patented, powerful, array-based programmable DSP for digital video, industry-leading software algorithms from Teranex and proprietary eWARP scaling and geometry processing. Its mission is to leverage these innovative technologies into ICs and video/film processing platforms that will enable the next generation of digital video/image capture, conversion, restoration, editing, storage, transmission, distribution, and display solutions. Silicon Optix is headquartered in San Jose, California, with operations in Orlando, Florida; Hanover, Germany; Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; Taipei, Taiwan and Toronto, Canada.

For more information about Silicon Optix, please visit the company's Web site at


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