SOURCE: Micronas

May 21, 2007 08:00 ET

Micronas Creates Industry-First With Support of Open-Source TV for PCs

New Open-Source Drivers Allow for Deployment of Media Center PCs That Run Linux

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 21, 2007 -- Micronas (Zurich, Switzerland, SWX Swiss Exchange: MASN) a leading supplier of innovative, application-specific IC system solutions for consumer electronics, today announced that it will release device drivers for its audio/video Decoders and digital demodulators for ATSC and DVB-T reception into the Linux open-source development project. With the availability of these drivers, Micronas enables time- and cost-sensitive development of Linux-based media center PCs and consumer electronics products.

"Micronas believes that these open source drivers are valuable assets to providing a 'unified development platform' for middleware and application development for pervasive computing devices," said Kai Scheffer, Director, Systems Marketing for the PC market center at Micronas. "We believe this is a substantial contribution to the growing set of OSS building blocks for multimedia consumer devices."

Today, Linux offers field-proven performance, reliability, and flexibility that -- combined with its cost effectiveness -- makes it attractive to many OEMs and system integrators.

Micronas partners and open-source promoters the Metzler Brothers have pioneered digital television support for Linux. "Micronas has demonstrated market leadership through this initiative," said Ralph Metzler, author of the Linux DVB API. "We are pleased to see this clear commitment to open platforms."

The Micronas open-source driver initiative complements the existing company model of providing feature-complete drivers and applications for its line of reference designs for the IPTV, PC-TV, nDTV, and DMA markets, for the most popular commercial and open operating systems.

The company will release an open-source version of its A/V front end drivers, Digital Demodulators, PCIe controllers, H.264 decoder and MPEG-4 encoder this month. Micronas drivers are shared and common amongst all of the company's products, including DeCypher, Cypher, and nGene. This integrated approach provides a stable platform to streamline the development process and reduces the amount of debugging required for the chips.

"This commitment from Micronas to support open-source software lowers the barrier for the development of disruptive consumer electronics devices," added Nathan Lutchansky, lead embedded systems developer at Carson Grey Design. "This effort shows that Micronas is savvy enough to recognize and capitalize on the evolving models for Linux-based embedded software development in both the commercial space and the informal open-source developer community."

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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 2200 people. In 2006 it generated CHF 813/USD 648/EUR 515 million in sales. As a wholly owned subsidiary of the Micronas Group, Micronas USA designs, develops and delivers a diverse portfolio of highly integrated real-time streaming audio/video encoder and decoder products targeted at the world's most significant digital communications markets. For more information on Micronas and its products, please visit: as well as

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