SOURCE: Zoran Corporation

Zoran Corporation

June 16, 2009 09:10 ET

Zoran Corporation Launches Only Complete Solution Pairing New Multicore Processors With Software for Office Printing Market

Quatro® Processors Enable More Affordable Printers & MFPs With Faster Print Language Processing and Advanced Networking Capabilities

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - June 16, 2009) - Zoran Corporation (NASDAQ: ZRAN) announced its Quatro® 4500 family of processors integrate multicore CPUs to accelerate print language processing as well as four DSP cores to provide high-speed image processing for network office printers and multifunction peripherals (MFPs). See companion IPS print language interpreter news release with today's date.

Traditionally, it was necessary to increase CPU clock speed to gain higher performance in high-speed printers. With multicore technology, it is possible to gain increased performance while minimizing energy consumption and product costs. The Quatro® 4500 family of processors offer print manufacturers a range of CPU solutions from 400 MHz to 600 MHz dual ARM11MP cores to provide fast processing of Zoran's multicore-optimized IPS print language interpreters, enabling print speeds in excess of 45 color pages per minute. Zoran's is the only solution that includes both the multicore processors and print language interpreter software.

The Quatro® 4500 processors support the latest enterprise networking requirements including Gigabit Ethernet, IP version 6 and IP security, which are becoming must-have features in many enterprise and government organizations. Costs are minimized through integration of USB interfaces, laser clock generator, laser modulator, a real-time clock and other capabilities. The processors' high-speed scan and copy processing is achieved through the combination of the hardware image processing pipeline and four programmable Quatro® digital signal processors (DSPs), which allow OEMs to customize and differentiate their products.

"Manufacturers are under constant consumer pressure to develop faster and more full-featured printers, scanners and MFPs at a lower price point," said Keith Kmetz, vice president of Hardcopy Peripherals Solutions and Services at IDC. "Zoran's integration of multicore technology in the Quatro® 4500 family of processors will help manufacturers build a new generation of faster printing and scanning devices for the office printing market."

"By leveraging multicore technology, Zoran provides manufacturers with a leading-edge solution that offers both high performance and the full cost benefit of system-on-chip integration, previously available only in lower performance products," said Simon Dolan, senior vice president and general manager, Zoran's Imaging Division. "Combined with our industry-leading multicore-optimized IPS print language interpreters, we've delivered one of the most complete and powerful office printing solutions available."

The new Quatro® 4500 processors, together with the lower-end 4305 and 4310 processors, offer solutions that span the full range of desktop office printing devices.

Zoran's Quatro® Processors for the Office Printing Market

Product                   CPU                  DSP                Package
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                          400-600 MHz          Four 200-300 MHz   520 pins
Quatro 4500 Series        Dual-core ARM11MP
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Quatro 4305 and 4310      150-295 MHz ARM9     150-295 MHz        292 and
                                                                  352 pins
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The Quatro® 4500 processors are now available in sample quantities to qualified Zoran customers. For more information, please visit or contact a sales representative at 781-791-6000.

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 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, and Taiwan, Zoran may be contacted on the World Wide Web at or at 408-523-6500.

Zoran, the Zoran logo, IPS and Quatro 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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