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September 10, 2009 09:15 ET

Zoran Announces NDS Certification for Pay-TV Products

Reference Designs Demonstrated at IBC 2009 in Amsterdam

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - September 10, 2009) - Zoran Corporation (NASDAQ: ZRAN) announced that NDS, the leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, has certified its SupraTV® 265, SupraXD® 170 and SupraXD® 180 Processors for the secure delivery of digital content to pay-tv set-top boxes using NDS VideoGuard® conditional access (CA). Zoran is also working with NDS to certify these products for NDS MediaHighway® middleware.

Zoran will demonstrate its reference designs at the International Broadcast Conference (IBC) in Amsterdam from Sept 11 to 15. The platforms on display include the SupraTV® 265 Processor for Standard Definition MPEG-2 Cable Set-Top Boxes; the SupraXD® 170 Processor for Standard Definition H.264 Satellite Set-Top Boxes and various other platforms that incorporate the SupraXD® 180 Processor for High Definition Multi-format Set-Top Boxes.

"While Zoran has already shipped over 25 million units to pay-TV and retail set-top box markets, we recognize the importance of NDS security certification to pay-TV operators. As a result, we have invested significant effort in our development and worked with NDS to meet these critical milestones," said Eric Schiff, Director Set-top Box Product Line, Zoran Corporation.

"NDS has integrated solutions with the industry's leading technology vendors. NDS partners benefit from a fast-track to integration and certification with NDS solutions. This provides customers with open end-to-end solutions and ensures faster and easier integration with their systems. The Zoran set-top box ICs have been approved for use with NDS VideoGuard® and certification for NDS MediaHighway® driver software is under way. This gives set-top box manufacturers further choice in their product capabilities and enables them to be competitively priced," said Peter Yaxley, Director of Consumer Devices, NDS Europe.

"NDS is the leading conditional access vendor with a global market share we estimate at 26.8 percent as a result of its engagements with major operators such as DirecTV, BSkyB, Sky Italia, Tata-Sky, Sky Deutschland, Astro, Bharti and Sky Latin America. This is an important cooperation between two leading companies to address a number of pay-TV markets that we expect to grow at about 30 million units per year through 2011," said Ian Weightman, Vice President IMS Research.

Zoran's SupraTV® 265 Processor integrates QAM and QPSK demodulation and is optimized for use in advanced security pay-TV cable and satellite set-top boxes using standard definition MPEG-2. Zoran's SupraXD® 170 Processor is designed for use in advanced security pay-TV set-top boxes using standard definition H.264. Zoran's SupraXD® 180 Processor is designed for use in advanced security pay-TV set-top boxes using high definition H.264.

About NDS

NDS Group Ltd. creates the technologies and applications that enable pay-TV operators to securely deliver digital content to TV STBs (set-top boxes), DVRs (digital video recorders), PCs, mobiles and other multimedia devices. Over 70 of the world's leading pay-TV platforms rely on NDS solutions to protect and enhance their businesses. VideoGuard® is the world's market-leading conditional access (CA) and digital rights management (DRM) technology, currently deployed on 107 million active devices, and safeguarding pay-TV service revenues exceeding $40 billion. NDS middleware, including MediaHighway® which enables a host of advanced services for subscribers, has been deployed on 123 million devices. NDS DVR technology, centred around XTV™, leads the global industry with 21 million units deployed. (Deployment figures as of June 30 2009).

Headquartered in the UK, NDS remains committed to investing in R&D with over 75 percent of its employees dedicated to pioneering work at development centres in China, Denmark, France, India, Israel, Korea, UK and US. NDS has also implemented a host of initiatives aimed at reducing its carbon footprint and helping digital TV subscribers reduce energy consumption.

NDS Group Ltd. is a private company owned by the Permira Funds and News Corporation. See for more information.

About Zoran Corporation

Zoran Corporation, based in Sunnyvale, California, is a leading provider of digital solutions in the digital entertainment and digital imaging markets. With over two decades of expertise developing and delivering digital signal processing technologies, Zoran has pioneered high-performance digital audio and video, imaging applications and Connect Share Entertain technologies for the digital home. Zoran's proficiency in integration delivers major benefits for OEM customers, including greater capabilities within each product generation, reduced system costs, and shorter time to market. Zoran-based DTV, set-top-box, DVD, digital camera, multimedia mobile phone, and multifunction printer products have received recognition for excellence and are now in hundreds of millions of homes and offices worldwide. With headquarters in the U.S. and additional operations in China, England, France, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Sweden and Taiwan, Zoran may be contacted on the World Wide Web at or at 408-523-6500.

Zoran, the Zoran logo, SupraXD and SupraTV are trademarks or registered trademarks of Zoran Corporation and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. All other names and brands may be claimed as property of others.

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