Archive for May, 2009

No harm in Hz?

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Remember the days when TV only meant one thing? After the advent of color, there really wasn’t much else to distinguish TV. We were blissfully unaware of anything beyond. With advances in video and broadcast technology, the idyllic existence slowly crumbled away. First came the concept of interlaced versus progressive. At first it took a bit to get one’s head wrapped around the concept. What do you mean the TV only draws half of the picture at a time? Then came the full flurry of ATSC. We went from TV to 480i/p, 576i/p, 720p, 1080i and finally 1080p. But wait there was more, there’s also 24/30/60 fps (and those peculiar 23.97/29.97/59.94 rates as well or 50 fps for our European readers). Did I mention there’s a difference between a frame and a field?
Still here? Given the near instantaneous proliferation of formats, is it any wonder that the average consumer can be so overwhelmed? The problem now is the industry seems to have moved beyond trying to educate the consumer to preying on their ignorance.
If one looks at the source material it simplifies matters somewhat. Source material is typically recorded at 24/30/60 interlaced or progressive frames or fields per second. Take a quick look at commercial broadcast and recording equipment. It becomes quickly apparent, that despite vast differences in interfaces and bit-rates, the basic frame rates don’t change. That camera broadcasting the Flames and Blackhawks is only capturing 29.97 frames per second (59.94 fields per second or 60i). So is there a real benefit to seeing the same frame as many as 8x (in the case of 480 Hz)? There certainly no interpolation to generate new frames of data so why?
That it’s largely a marketing (and partially a technical) benefit becomes apparent when one looks at the underlying screen technology most often touting ultra high refresh rates. Nearly without fail you will find high refresh rates being touted for one screen technology, liquid crystal display. The elevated refresh rates are used as a means to mitigate ghosting or motion blur. While vast improvements have been made in grey-to-gray (GtG) transition rates, the still lag those possible with plasma or CRTs. Some manufacturers are even inserting blank frames to boost contrast and/or address the ghosting. While one can’t argue with the novelty in addressing technical limitations, the problem arises with claims of smoother replay of fast moving objects on screen. One just needs to take a look at flyers from your favorite big-box electronics store.

Andrew Yang

RGPC Extender IP is Now a Crestron Integrated Partner Product

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Extender IP’s useful and time-saving diagnostic features allow Crestron dealers to identify and fix some power-related problems without making costly service calls. 

New Orleans, LA – May 12, 2009Richard Gray’s Power Company (RGPC) proudly announces that RGPC Extender IP has been certified as the company’s first Crestron® Integrated Partner Program product. Extender IP, RGPC’s first networkable device, provides remote power monitoring and the ability to cycle power for up to eight connected components.  

The Crestron Electronics, Inc. Integrated Partner Program allows partner manufacturers’ products to operate seamlessly in a Crestron systems environment. Integrated partner modules offer the Crestron control systems programmer a simplified, timesaving drag-and-drop solution for integrating partner products. The initiative makes it easy to take advantage of the enhanced functionality afforded by using a manufacturer’s serial, Ethernet or other enhanced interface. 

When connected to a full power delivery system, the RGPC Extender IP allows Crestron dealers to remotely access and control power via its RS-232 connection. As a result, if a component or system “locks up,” the dealer can simply log into the system and flash the outlet from his desk, eliminating a costly and time-consuming service call.  

Through the Crestron module, Extender IP can also set up automatic pings to monitor system status in the background. If the gear does not respond to a ping within user-defined criteria, Extender IP will automatically, and in the background, initiate a predefined action. 

Automatic on/off events can be scheduled for convenience, and Extender IP’s highly customized firmware interface allows for unit naming, outlet naming, sensor naming and multiple user login/passwords to keep out well-intentioned owners. Finally, Extender IP allows power sequencing, enabling a high-draw system to be brought up in stages in order to prevent over-current situations. 

Participation in Crestron’s Integrated Partner Program adds to the RGPC Extender IP’s already intelligent and proactive approach to power management. It can protect gear from unexpected spikes, can be programmed to turn power off at certain times of the day, and can flash outlets should a lockup occur. The RGPC Extender IP is the next generation of power protection and management, increasing performance and reliability while reducing service calls for the largest and most expensive installations. 

The RGPC Extender IP has an MSRP of $995 and is shipping now. For more information on RGPC, please visit www.richardgrayspowercompany.com.  

About Richard Gray’s Power Company

RGPC’s parallel technology captures and restores instantaneously high-current-on-demand, working cycle-to-cycle to satisfy power-hungry equipment while rejecting power spikes and smaller surges that lead to premature failure of sensitive electronics. RGPC products are proudly manufactured in the U.S.A. and are sold solely through its network of professional audio/video dealers and installers.

Video Mount Products (VMP) Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

STEVENSVILLE, Md., May 12, 2009 Video Mount Products (videomount.com) is proud to announce that it is celebrating its 15-year anniversary as a leading provider of mounting solutions for the commercial, CI, residential, security, and pro audio/video markets. 

“Since 1994, VMP has been recognized by consumers and professionals alike for our unmatched designs, famed reliability, and long term durability for numerous mounting needs across a wide variety of industries and applications,” explained Keith Fulmer, president of Video Mount Products. “During the past decade, VMP has embraced the widely recognized flat panel revolution by quickly updating as well as continually launching new Plasma and LCD mounts and accessories to grow alongside these ever evolving segments of the consumer and professional A/V markets.” 

Fulmer added that customer service is also a main priority for VMP, and is a leading factor for the company’s longevity. VMP, according to Fulmer, prides itself on always having a knowledgeable person answer the phone…never a series of voice prompts or being kept on hold for an unheard of amount of time. 

“Customer satisfaction is VMP’s number one goal,” Fulmer continued. “All VMP mounting systems are manufactured from tempered high grade steel with powder coat finishes, with many models UL listed for additional safety and reliability. Forever warranties and ‘everything included in one box’ with no special tools required are offered for peace-of-mind and simple and quick installation.” 

Because of VMP’s dedication to providing superior product, the company has also recently instituted its “Forever Warranty” program which covers the entire VMP award-winning product line (*excluding the fan on the DVR-LB1 Lockbox) for as long as the product is used, which can be infinite, so long as the VMP product is being used to its specifications. VMP offers a full replacement guarantee if any one of its products should fail at any time after purchase (excluding the aforementioned fan and any future VMP products deemed unfit for the Forever Warranty due to specific design parameters, such as electrical moving parts). 

“Constantly upgrading current models and launching new products to stay ahead of the curve, providing superior customer service, and instituting a ‘Forever Warranty’ to meet the needs of today’s ever evolving market are just part of our dedication to putting our customer first,” concluded Fulmer. “This philosophy and business practice is what has kept us at the forefront of the industry the past 15 years, and what will keep us here for many more years to come. Mounting accessory companies come and go, but we are here to stay.” 

About Video Mount Products

Born in 1994, Video Mount Products (VMP) is a leading provider of mounting solutions for the video, audio and security industries. VMP products consistently offer the latest designs in safety and flexibility, all at an outstanding value. VMP’s product offering continues to substantially grow by adding several mounting systems to address the increasing popularity of flat panel technology, both LCD and Plasma, as well as other growing segments across many markets. 

VMP has become the mounting systems company of choice for professionals and their customers everywhere. All products have been engineered for and installed with confidence in thousands of residences, businesses, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, houses of worship and security applications throughout the world. VMP prides itself on providing the best products in the industry and by supporting those products with knowledgeable professionals who understand that “support” is the core of the business.

 

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Anthony Gallo Acoustics Reference 5 LS Now Shipping

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ANTHONY GALLO ACOUSTICS ALL-NEW
REFERENCE 5 LS NOW SHIPPING
Revolutionary Line Source Speaker Features Seven CDT II Tweeters and Twelve Subwoofers

Chatsworth, CA, May 11, 2009—Anthony Gallo Acoustics (AGA), an award-winning manufacturer of high-end stereo and home theater speakers, announces that its revolutionary line source speaker, the Reference 5 LS, is now shipping.  The towering speaker stands 78” tall, boasts an incredible 12 custom aluminum 4” sub-woofers and features seven of AGA’s proprietary CDT II tweeters, which possess power-handling, off-axis response and efficiency that approach the textbook definition of ideal.  In addition, the Reference 5 LS has eight 4″ carbon fiber midrange drivers, each housed it its own 5″ spherical enclosure. All enclosure parts utilize brushed stainless steel and cast aluminum throughout.

“The Reference 5 LS is really the ‘big brother’ of our award-winning Reference 3.1,” states Bill Fried, vice president of operations for AGA.  “While it’s not completely omni-directional, it is the closest any line source has ever come to being omni-directional. This loudspeaker is the culmination of more than 25 years of loudspeaker design research. After an arduous and diligent design process, we’re extremely excited to make these available to the world.”

Many line sources horizontally offset their various drivers, but AGA alternates tweeter elements with mid-range spheres – vertically one atop the other – in perfect time alignment. As a result, the phase and dispersion anomalies caused by the horizontal driver offsets are entirely eliminated.  For additional flexibility, the 5 LS features an additional pair of binding posts that offer a 2db increase in high frequencies for optimization of more varied room acoustics.

The  Reference 5 LS offers the options of bi- or tri-wiring, as well as bi- or tri-amping. Although capable of handling massive power, the crossover-less design and high efficiency of both the CDT II tweeters and carbon-fiber midrange drivers are perfect mates for low-powered, high-performance amplifiers.

At 7” wide by 11” deep, the Reference 5 LS sports quite a slender profile. The twelve 4” rear-firing subwoofers are “time corrected” with the front firing drivers and nearly equal the surface area of a 15” subwoofer, yet still offer the speed and transparency that a large single driver cannot match.  In addition, the Reference 5 LS features AGA’s patented S2 Technology, as well as their trademark spherical enclosures, which minimizes external diffraction and internal standing waves.

For even more flexibility, AGA offers an optional Reference SA amplifier, which features volume, phase, equalization and crossover adjustments. The Reference SA allows the speaker to be positioned for optimal imaging and soundstaging performance without compromising bass linearity.  The amp was also designed to be used as the primary subwoofer amp from an LFE output to integrate the 5 LS into a home theater environment without the use of an outboard subwoofer.

About Anthony Gallo Acoustics:
Formed in 1994, Anthony Gallo Acoustics (AGA) has been raising the bar in loudspeaker design and technology ever since.  Specializing in audio products that exemplify the term “price-to-performance ratio,” AGA is a pioneer in spherical enclosure technology.  While universally accepted as the ideal enclosure shape, the sphere’s inherent standing wave issue prevented companies from bringing a ball-shaped speaker to market.  AGA solved this problem with its patented S2 Technology, which also enhances low-frequency extension and regulates acoustic impedance.  Thus, AGA has won numerous awards and accolades for its unique products and innovative technologies such as its powerhouse Nucleus® Reference 3, the smaller, titanium-driven A’Diva Ti and revolutionary Cylindrical Diaphragm Transducer (CDT™) tweeter.  Today, AGA’s products are sold in more than 73 countries, including a complete line of stereo speakers, home theaters speakers & systems, powered subwoofers and installation accessories that complement their award-winning speaker systems.

For more information visit:  www.roundsound.com

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NuVision releases Lucidium FX5 Series LCD displays

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NUVISION TO RELEASE LATEST LINE OF
HIGH-END LCD HDTV’S WITH LUCIDIUM FX5 SERIES
Revitalized brand hits the market with an array of
all-new products, a new management team and a triple-A rating

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, May 12, 2009—NuVision© U.S., Inc., manufacturer of high-performance 1080p Deep Black LCD displays, is expanding its product line with the release of the all-new Lucidium FX5 Series. The Lucidium FX5 Series combines proprietary Film Times Five (FX5) and Frame Forward Motion (FFM) technologies to create a true 120Hz picture. The 42” display will ship in May 2009, with the rest of the line to be introduced throughout the year. The line will ultimately span 42” to 65” in size.

“We are extremely excited about the new FX5 line and the direction that our new management team is taking NuVision,” said David Hester, Vice Chairman of the Triple A financially rated company. “This really is a new era for NuVision, as we are building a team of industry specialists to propel us to the next level. The FX5 Series is the next step in that progression, and we can’t wait for dealers and installers to see the radiant, sharp display the new FX5 Series can bring to their clients’ homes.”

The Lucidium FX5 Series was designed with dealers and installers in mind.  With the company’s proprietary RS232 NuControl technology, the displays are compatible with third-party remote controls and easy to install.  NuVision also ensures their pre-qualified dealers that their margins will be protected and they will not be undercut by internet wholesalers.

The FX5 technology eliminates the need for the 3:2 pull down algorithm found in 60Hz displays, by recreating each frame five times, thus utilizing the 120Hz and high refresh rate of the panels.  Many other LCD manufactures utilize black-frame insertion or simply attempt to double the frames in an attempt to achieve 120Hz.  This works adequately when a motion sequence moves from left to right on the screen, but if it is reversed, the display reverts to its original 60Hz picture.

The FFM technology is instrumental in creating clear, flicker-free fast sports and motion sequences by comparing two consecutive frames and generating additional interpolated frames. And for an additional benefit, NuVision makes it easy to shut both functions off completely to control any latency issues that may occur.

The new Lucidium FX5 Series comes complete with a full, two-year manufacturer’s warranty on all parts and labor.

About NuVision:
Founded in 2005, Scottsdale, AZ- based NuVision, Inc.is a manufacturer of high-end 1080p Deep Black LCD HDTV’s. Known for their premium quality and elegant appearance, NuVision displays are truly made by connoisseurs, for connoisseurs. To ensure that customers receive the best support, service and set up, NuVision products are only sold through an exclusive, pre-qualified dealer network.

For more information visit:  http://www.nuvision.com/

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NAD Introduces High-Performance, High-Value, High-Definition AV Receivers

Friday, May 8th, 2009

New T 747 and T 737 Receivers Ideal for HD Home Theaters; Impressive Packages with Top Audio, Video, Interface and Many Advanced Features

SHARON, MA, May 8, 2009
— NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, introduces the T 747 and T 737 AV Receivers, further enhancing NAD’S reputation for offering the latest high definition features and performance at very competitive prices.

The T 747 and T 737 possess everything needed to form the centerpiece of a high-definition Home Theater. Both boast satisfyingly realistic audio, top-notch video, NAD’s highly refined user interface, numerous advanced features, and superb build quality. Unlike brands that inflate their power ratings to impress the unwary, NAD’s Full Disclosure Power ratings clearly spell out the receivers’ capabilities under real world conditions.

The T 747 AV Receiver can fill an average size room with extremely pleasing, accurate sound levels, at up to 60 watts/channel, without the harsh, muddled sound common among lesser AV receivers.  All seven channels offer the same high performance using high-current discrete output devices.

The T 747 includes the newest lossless audio CODECs from Dolby and DTS, including TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio, so that even discs lacking TrueHD will benefit from the higher bit rates and discrete 7.1 channels supported by Dolby Digital Plus. An Auto Calibration function using a special microphone and test tone makes speaker set-up easy and highly accurate.

High quality AM and FM tuners offer 50 station presets, and an XM Ready socket supports clear access to optional subscription-based XM digital broadcasts. The T 747 also supports NAD’s optional IPD 2 Dock for  iPod, allowing audio, video and still images stored on an iPod to play directly on an NAD Home Theater.

On the video side, the T 747 fully support signals up to 1080p resolution from HD set-top boxes and Blu-ray players, and includes 4 HDMI inputs with a repeater function.  It’s capable of  ‘upscaling’ older analog video formats to digital HDMI output, and standard definition signals up to HD to 1080p using award-winning onboard Faroudja DCDi technology.

The T 747 offers a second independent A/V zone along with all the connections needed to integrate the receiver with advanced control systems.  Two remote controls are included, one for the primary listening zone and one for the remote zone. The main remote also controls other NAD components, simplifying system operation.

The T 737 AV Receiver uses a system of ‘virtual inputs’ that allows each user to perfectly customize its set-up.  Select an input, name it, associate it with any video and audio source, analog or digital, and carry on until there’s an input for each source in the system. Unused inputs can be tucked away.  Additional customization can be added for different speaker set-ups, levels, tone controls and surround modes.

The T 737 delivers 40 watts to each of seven channels. Its three surround modes automatically cater to multichannel-encoded DVDs using Dolby Digital EX and DTS ES, encoded two-channel recordings with Dolby ProLogic IIx and DTS Neo:6, and NAD’s own EARS and Stereo Enhanced modes, which are perfect for creating convincing surround sound from unencoded sources like CDs.

All seven channels offer the same high performance using high current discrete output devices. An Auto Calibration function using a special microphone and test tone makes speaker set-up easy and highly accurate.

High quality AM and FM tuners offer 50 station presets, and an XM Ready socket supports clear access to optional subscription-based XM digital broadcasts. The T 747 also supports NAD’s optional IPD 2 Dock for  iPod, allowing audio, video and still images stored on an iPod to play directly on an NAD Home Theater.

Video quality is also first rate, whether the source is the Composite or S-Video or higher performing Component Video.  HDMI signals are simply switched without any extraneous processing or loss of quality.

Both receivers use less than one watt for standby power consumption, in keeping with NAD’s green initiative, and no heavy metals or hazardous chemicals in their manufacture.

The T 747 and T 737 AV Receivers are available from authorized NAD dealers at suggested prices, respectively, of $1,299 and $799 (US MSRP).

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Gefen Introduces Two New Wireless Solutions for VGA, S-Video, Composite or Component Video Sources to Ease Installations and Enhance Performance

Friday, May 8th, 2009

CHATWORTH, CA – Who needs messy cables when you can extend video at high resolution of 1280×1024/1080i using wi-fi technology? Gefen today announced the availability of two new Wireless VGA Extenders designed to eliminate the need for cabling. Ideal for rental, staging, presentation, digital signage and residential applications desiring a plug and play method of video extension, the Wireless VGA Extenders come in Long Range and Short Range versions.

The GefenTV Wireless VGA Extender LR delivers video with analog L/R audio up to 100 feet, offering users the ability to tap into multiple wi-fi channels for optimal signal transmission. Equipped with three small antennas on its sender and receiver units, the system is simple to install, with no additional hardware or software needed to configure. The sender unit connects to the video source and the extender connects to the extended display. Both units are powered to ensure a rapid signal delivery with minimal interference.

The GefenTV Wireless VGA Extender SR delivers video with analog L/R audio up to 30 feet in distance. It does not require line of sight transmission and utilizes internal antenna to send and receive video signals.

These two solutions join Gefen’s growing selection of wireless extenders, including two versions for sources and displays using the HDMI format. “At InfoComm in Orlando in June, Gefen plans to introduce a variation of the Wireless VGA Extender,” said Hagai Gefen, President and CEO of Gefen Inc. “The new version is intended for presentations, and allows a completely wireless connection between any laptop computer using the computer’s internal wi-fi technology, and a projector connected to the Gefen receiver.”

Both the GefenTV Wireless VGA LR and SR Extenders are currently available for purchase. Each comes with Gefen’s standard, two-year warranty.

SI Appoints Blake Vackar Sales Development Manager

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Austin, Texas, May 8, 2009 – SI (www.siscreens.com) is proud to announce that it has appointed industry veteran Blake Vackar sales development manager, effective immediately.

 

“As SI quickly gains market share in both the domestic and international markets, we needed an individual with extensive experience and dedication to the consumer and commercial A/V markets,” said Ryan Gustafson, SI president. “Blake has the professional experience and relationships to help take SI to the next level.  Blake will be responsible for SI’s sales development duties and will work closely with our senior management and sales teams to help expand SI’s opportunities. We look forward to having Blake on the team.”

 

Prior to joining SI, Vackar was president of Blake AV, a privately owned systems integration business process consultant and design service agency. Vackar also worked for Best Buy/Magnolia Audio Video as technical sales manager, as a sales manager for D-Tools, as a senior sales/designer/project manager for Dyer Electronics, as well experience as a CEDIA instructor.

 

“I feel extremely fortunate to be representing such an industry changing line of products and I look forward to using my experience to help our dealers sell more screens and projectors,” said Vackar. “With such an exciting product mix and wide-open market, I look forward to helping SI grow well into the future.”

 

For more information, visit the web at www.siscreens.com or call 512-832-6939.

 

About SI

SI is a technology based U.S. projector screen manufacturer focused on delivering “state-of-the-art” performance. Each motorized, fixed, and curved projector screen we produce meets exceedingly tight tolerances and must deliver all the stunning HD visuals we require.

 

Our mission is to develop the most advanced projector screens that effectively address evolving consumer demands for performance, value, and visual appeal-each strategically aligned with today’s demanding high definition HD projector screen trends.

 

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Marvell Award-Winning Qdeo Video Processor Selected by Thaicom to Deliver Vivid HD Experiences with DTV Super PVR Set-Top Boxes

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Marvell Award-Winning Qdeo Video Processor Selected by Thaicom to Deliver Vivid HD Experiences with DTV Super PVR Set-Top Boxes
Marvell’s 88DE2710 video format converter drives an immersive viewing experience
Santa Clara, California (March 26, 2009) — Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL), a leader in storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions, today announced that its Marvell® 88DE2710 video format converter with Qdeo™ technology is featured in Thaicom’s standard definition set-top box, DTV Super PVR, developed for the emerging Asian markets. Further integrating Marvell’s technology in consumer video products worldwide, Thaicom’s set-top boxes leverage Qdeo processing technology and are designed to deliver consistently high quality 1080p images, vivid true-to-life pictures, and an immersive home-theater experience.
“Our new set-top boxes, powered by Marvell’s Qdeo processing, deliver a vivid HD experience that will impress consumers,” said Mr. Teerayuth Boonchote, Vice President of Thaicom. “By providing the conversion of standard definition content to a near-HD viewing experience, Marvell has enabled us to provide premium viewing for our customers.”
Marvell’s award-winning Qdeo processing has unique versatility allowing it to serve a broad range of applications including HDTVs, Blu-ray players/recorders and set-top boxes.
Marvell currently believes that the set-top box market offers a substantial opportunity for Marvell’s Qdeo video processing technology. According to Gartner’s Electronic Equipment Production Forecast from February 2009’s Semiconductor Forecast database, annual set-top box revenues will top $5.2 billion by 2013.
“There is a rapidly growing demand for high quality video in the Asian markets,” said Gaurav Shah, Director of Product Marketing of the Digital Entertainment Business Unit, Communications and Consumer Business Group at Marvell Semiconductor. “With Marvell’s
Qdeo technology, we believe DTV Super PVR will amaze Thaicom’s customers by delivering superior quality with clear, pristine images.”
Thaicom’s set-top boxes are now available in Thailand and other Asian markets. Thaicom Public Company Limited (formerly named Shin Satellite) was founded in 1991 by Shin Corporation Plc.
About Qdeo Technology
Qdeo video processing, delivers rich, high-definition quality through a suite of advanced QuietVideo™ technologies, providing quiet, natural video free of noise and artifacts. Per-pixel noise and compression artifact reduction removes noise inherent in digital video, and per-pixel motion-adaptive 3D de-interlacing removes jaggies and eliminates feathering. Adaptive Contrast Enhancement (ACE) and Intelligent Color Remapping (ICR) render rich and vivid images. For more information on Qdeo, visit http://www.ClearlyQdeo.com.
About Marvell
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a leader in the development of storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes switching, transceiver, communications controller, wireless, and storage solutions that power the entire communications infrastructure including enterprise, metro, home, and storage networking. As used in this release, the terms “company” and “Marvell” refer to Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and its subsidiaries. For more information, visit http://www.marvell.com.
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Marvell® is a registered trademark of Marvell or its affiliates. Qdeo™ and QuietVideo™ are trademarks of Marvell or its affiliates. Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

Marvell 88DE2710 Video Format Converter

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Marvell 88DE2710 Video Format Converter with Award Winning Qdeo Technology Powers VBrick
Networked Video Appliances
Versatile Qdeo Technology Continues to Gain Industry Momentum in New Application Segments
Santa Clara, CA (April 20, 2009) — Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL), a leader in storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions, today announced that VBrick, a leader in Enterprise IP Video solutions, has selected the Marvell® 88DE2710 video format converter with Qdeo™ technology to power its 7000 HD series of networked video appliances. Utilizing Qdeo technology, the VBrick 7000 HD series is intended to allow organizations to deliver video in a wide range of quality – from 3Gb/s SDI to HD – over any network infrastructure.
“VBrick chose Marvell and its Qdeo technology because we believe they offer the best image quality and the most flexible implementation for our V7000 HD series of networked appliances,” said John Senior, Senior Vice President, Engineering for VBrick Appliance. “We are able to provide a great viewing experience to our customers over any given bandwidth.”
VBrick selected the Marvell 88DE2710 because of its versatility in providing both pre-processing and post-processing of video. The ability of the 88DE2710 to provide a consistently superior and artifact free reformatted and processed image to the video encoding engine ensures that the VBrick 7000 HD series will enable superior image quality even at low bit-rates. These next-generation, networked appliances are also extremely easy to manage. Users can remotely configure and manage video delivery via a web-based interface that will allow streaming to be set up in mere minutes. This ease of management, combined with the reliability of the VBrick 7000 HD series, will enable low administrative costs and increased usage for enterprise users.
“Marvell’s award winning Qdeo technology is flexible and versatile — allowing it to power a range of applications from traditional consumer electronics devices to this new segment of networked appliances for enterprise applications,” said Gaurav Shah, Director of Product Marketing of the Digital Entertainment Business Unit, Communications and Consumer Business Group at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. “We believe that networked video will increasingly become a standard mode of content delivery for businesses and are pleased to work with VBrick on this innovative platform for the enterprise market.”
About Qdeo Technology
Qdeo video processing, delivers rich, high-definition quality through a suite of advanced QuietVideo™ technologies, providing quiet, natural video free of noise and artifacts. Per-pixel noise and compression artifact reduction removes noise inherent in digital video, and per-pixel motion-adaptive 3D de-interlacing removes jaggies and eliminates feathering. Adaptive Contrast Enhancement and Intelligent Color Remapping render rich and vivid images. For more information on Qdeo, visit http://www.ClearlyQdeo.com.
About Marvell
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a leader in the development of storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions. Marvell’s diverse product portfolio includes switching, transceiver, communications controller, wireless, and storage solutions that power the entire communications infrastructure including enterprise, metro, home, and storage networking. As used in this release, the term “Marvell” refers to Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and its subsidiaries. For more information, visit http://www.marvell.com.
Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding our expectations to deliver video in a high range of quality over any network infrastructure and our belief that networked video will increasingly become a standard mode of content delivery for businesses. These statements are not guarantees of results and should not be considered as an indication of future performance. Actual events or results may differ materially from those described in this document due to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, among others, Marvell’s reliance on major customers and suppliers; market acceptance of new products; uncertainty in the worldwide economic environment; and other risks detailed in Marvell’s SEC filings. For other factors that could cause Marvell’s results to vary from expectations, please see the risk factors identified in the Marvell’s latest Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2009, as filed with the SEC and other factors detailed from time to time in Marvell’s filings with the SEC. Marvell undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements.

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