SOURCE: Micronas

August 29, 2006 08:00 ET

Micronas Announces Hybrid IPTV and DVB Set-Top Box Developers Kit for OEMs

Hybrid Reference Design Solution Supports Creation of a Single Box Solution That Delivers Both Broadcast and IPTV Content

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 29, 2006 -- Micronas, (Zurich, Switzerland, SWX Swiss Exchange: MASN) a leading supplier of innovative application-specific IC system solutions for consumer electronics, announces a set of development kits for hybrid IPTV and DVB set-top boxes. The fully-featured reference designs allow OEM set-top box manufacturers to create solutions that bring together the advantages of both broadcast and IP television (IPTV) technology into a single unit. The technology solution will be demonstrated at a Micronas sponsored event to be held during the IFA Trade Fair at The Hotel Adlon in Berlin from September 1 - 4, 2006 and at the IBC Trade Fair in Amsterdam from September 8 - 12, 2006.

"IPTV is quickly becoming a reality. As a company, Micronas has been leading innovation in the television industry for over two decades, and in recent years has added expertise in the networked video world," said Keri Waters, director, strategic marketing at Micronas USA. "Today's announcement combines both levels of expertise into a hybrid offering that blends together IPTV and traditional television into a single, comprehensive offering."

Micronas has created two versions of the reference design, including an IPTV and DVB-T design for the European network of terrestrial antennas and an IPTV and DVB-S2 version for worldwide satellite broadcast systems. These reference designs allow OEMs to efficiently create highly integrated hybrid products that are poised to support customers as they begin to use IPTV, while still providing access to the traditional television functionality and services that they already know and use. The scalability offered by the designs ensures that systems are ready for the emerging demands of digital television.

The designs offer a standards-compliant platform with fully developed middleware and a user interface allowing manufacturers to create a solution to market efficiently. This offering also supports solution providers in their efforts to bring simple and affordable solutions to end users. The hybrid platform allows OEMs, service providers, and end customers alike to enjoy the advantages of a cost-effective, integrated solution that handles multiple format content.

The company will ship the development kit in the fourth quarter of this year.

About Micronas

Micronas (SWX Swiss Exchange: MASN), a semiconductor designer and manufacturer with worldwide operations, is a leading supplier of cutting-edge IC and sensor system solutions for consumer and automotive electronics. As a market leader in innovative global TV system solutions, Micronas leverages its expertise into new markets emerging through the digitization of audio and video content. Micronas serves all major consumer brands worldwide, many of them in continuous partnerships seeking joint success. While the holding company is headquartered in Zurich (Switzerland), operational headquarters are based in Freiburg (Germany). Currently, the Micronas Group employs about 2000 people. In 2005 it generated CHF 845/USD 676/EUR 545 million in sales. For more information on Micronas and its products, please visit: www.micronasusa.com as well as www.micronas.com.

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Contact Information


  • For information, contact:
    Annie Headley
    Micronas USA
    Email Contact
    (408) 625-1405

    Donna Candelori
    Candelori Communications
    Email Contact
    (408) 774-3414

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