Gennum Corporation

Gennum Corporation

February 13, 2009 15:44 ET

Gennum a Finalist in EDN's 19th Annual Innovation Awards Competition

Pioneering GV8502 Product Delivers Long Reach HDMI Connectivity beyond 20 Meters

BURLINGTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 13, 2009) - Gennum Corporation (TSX:GND) has been selected from hundreds of nominations to be a finalist for this year's EDN Innovation Awards for its ActiveConnect(TM) multimedia connectivity product. Instituted in 1990, the Innovation Awards honor the people, products, and technologies that have shaped the semiconductor industry over the past year.

Gennum's ActiveConnect GV8502 receiver product was selected in the Logic & Interface IC category, one of 28 Innovation Award categories, for advances in multimedia connectivity. Specifically, ActiveConnect provides a "clean and restore" function that enables extremely high rates of data to be transported on a cable without losing any of the signal integrity. Thus, disparate multimedia products, such as HDTVs, Blu-ray players and digital video recorders (DVRs), can connect and stream HDMI at the highest specifications available today at distances previously unattainable using standard HDMI cable.

Gennum's ActiveConnect GV8502 is HDMI 1.3b and 1.3c Category 2 certified for full 10.2Gb/s data rate support enabling the entire spectrum of next-generation features. This is a tremendous advantage for cable manufacturers who can "future proof" their designs and gain higher performance from the same architecture. In addition to twisted pair HDMI cable, ActiveConnect can be used as an Inline Cable Enhancer, Extender/Booster Cable or Dongle.

EDN Innovation Selection Criteria

Nominees must have demonstrated innovation that resulted in a significant advance in technology and/or product development during the past 12 months. Additionally, nominees within the Innovations of the Year (product/technology) categories must have shipped in volume in the 2008 calendar year. Nominees in the Best Contributed Article category are selected by EDN's technical editors based on technical depth, relevance, and journalistic quality.

"We have our broadest set of categories in the history of our Innovation awards program in 2008," states EDN Editor-in-Chief Rick Nelson. "With specialization affecting everything from components to test equipment, our staff diligently worked to group like technologies for meaningful comparison and delivered an outstanding slate of finalists. The slate includes the range of ICs from analog to processors, development and EDA software, amazing sensors, and modular and system products, including test equipment. The voters will face tough decisions, but without doubt, compelling products will emerge as winners."

During the month of February, EDN's worldwide audience of electronic engineers and engineering managers will use an online ballot to select the ultimate winners from among the finalists. EDN's editorial staff and Editorial Advisory Board also take part in determining the final winners.

You can visit to review each of the nominees and vote. Winners will be announced at a dinner and awards ceremony on March 30, 2009, in San Jose, Calif.

About EDN and

EDN serves the vital information needs of design engineers and engineering managers worldwide. delivers a three-dimensional view of the electronic industry via news coverage, strategic business information, and in-depth technical content. ( EDN is published by Reed Business Information (, the largest business-to-business publisher in the U.S. and a member of the Reed Elsevier Group Plc (NYSE:RUK)(NYSE:ENL) - a world-leading publisher and information provider.

About Gennum

Gennum Corporation (TSX:GND) designs innovative semiconductor solutions and intellectual property (IP) cores for the world's most advanced consumer connectivity, enterprise, video broadcast and data communications products. Leveraging the company's proven optical, analog and mixed-signal products and IP, Gennum enables multimedia and data communications products to send and receive information without compromising the signal integrity. An award-winner for advances in high definition (HD) broadcasting, Gennum is headquartered in Burlington, Canada, and has global design, research and development and sales offices in Canada, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Taiwan, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Gennum, the Gennum logo and ActiveConnect are trademarks of Gennum Corporation. All other brands, product names and marks are or may be trademarks or registered trademarks used to identify products or services of their respective owners.

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