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Texas Instruments Powers Inlet's Industry-First Professional VC-1 Encoding Solution for Post-Production Market

Inlet Demonstrates Flexible Architecture at NAB 2005 Using the Latest High-Performance DSP-based Processor from Texas Instruments

Apr 18, 2005

LAS VEGAS (April 18, 2005) – Emphasizing the critical time and quality demands of post-production professionals, Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today announced that its latest high-performance TMS320C64x™ digital signal processor (DSP) generation has been selected by Inlet Technologies, a provider of professional encoding solutions for next-generation content distribution, to power its newly-introduced VC-1 encoder, Fathom 2.0. This new solution will be showcased at Inlet’s booth (SL5829) at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Conference in Las Vegas, April 18 – 21, 2005. (for more information see www.ti.com/nab2005.)

Fathom™ is a professional VC-1 encoder that delivers high-performance advanced compression to the post-production market. VC-1 is the proposed SMPTE standard video codec based on Windows Media 9. Fathom is a comprehensive solution that combines a hardware encoding engine with workflow and analysis software to make next-generation distribution methods like HD-DVD, Blu-ray, video-on-demand and digital dailies a reality today.

By leveraging the flexibility and high-performance of TI’s C64x™ DSP, Fathom 2.0 delivers performance, precision and productivity to the post-production market. This proprietary encoding platform, combined with TI’s DSP-based technology, delivers the performance necessary to achieve real-time encoding of the Windows Media Video (WMV) 9 VC-1 format.

"Post-production professionals require superior performance and precision to increase content quality and optimize production workflows," said Neal Page, CEO of Inlet Technologies. "Fathom 2.0 is able to deliver this by integrating the power of TI’s digital media processing platform into its proprietary encoding solution."

TI understands the value of delivering high-performance encoding solutions to content generators," said Henry Wiechman, business manager, Streaming Media group, Texas Instruments. “We believe that the combination of Inlet’s Fathom 2.0 and TI’s C64x™ DSP-based media processor affords them a very compelling solution that delivers a high level of quality.”