SILICON OPTIX INTRODUCES THE OPTISCALE™ VIDEO/GRAPHICS SCALER/SWITCHER

Silicon Optix Inc., a fabless semiconductor company focused on the convergence of silicon and optics, announced the introduction of the OptiScale™ video/graphics scaler/switcher

San Jose, Calif. (November 15, 2004) - Silicon Optix Inc., a fabless semiconductor company focused on the convergence of silicon and optics, announced the introduction of the OptiScale™ video/graphics scaler/switcher. Ideal for the professional projector installer and the home theater enthusiast, OptiScale features professional quality high definition de -interlacing and the highest quality image scaling currently available.


With OptiScale, a wide variety of input signals can be selected, switched and scaled to a multitude of popular output resolutions. Input switching between channels is accomplished in about 1 second, and is completely artifact free. State of the art de -interlacing is applied to all SDTV interlaced input signals and 1080i HDTV interlaced signals.

Input signals include RGB analog, RGB DVI, 2 channels of SDTV composite, 1 channel of SDTV S -Video, 1 channel of SDTV component, and 1 channel of HDTV component. Output resolutions in the range of VGA (640 x 480) to SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) are all supported. Popular 16:9 output formats such as WXGA (1366 x 768), WVGA (852 x 480) and 720P (1280 x 720) are also provided. Using the 65 tap image filter technology of the embedded Silicon Optix sxW1 Image Processing IC, the highest possible image scaling quality for all scaling ratios is attained by OptiScale.

In addition to its powerful switching, scaling and de -interlacing capabilities, the OptiScale product also provides a host of ergonomic features for the Home Theater enthusiast:

A range of aspect ratio treatments
Extensive panning and zooming
Controlled Front Panel Illumination
Quiet operation
Multi -lingual OSD
RS -232, 422 and 485 controllability

"Actually, the scaling technology embodied in OptiScale has been available to the public in the form of our Image AnyPlace image geometry correcting scaler for almost a year. As a result, we've had many requests for an economically priced, high quality Scaler/Switcher that can perform scaling as well as the AnyPlace product. Here it is." said Steve Wood, VP and GM of Silicon Optix's system business.

Pricing and Availability

The OptiScale video/graphics scaler/switcher is now available at an MSRP of $1,995. Resellers interested in distributing the product should contact Terry Whittaker jtw@siliconoptix.com.
Silicon Optix will be demonstrating this solution in booth #666 at Electronic House Expo Fall 2004, November 16 -18. Visit http://www.ehexpo.com/ for more details on this event.

About Silicon Optix:
Silicon Optix Inc, a privately held fabless semiconductor company, is the leading supplier of advanced video/image digital processing integrated circuits (ICs). The company's products are driving three unique technologies into a broad range of markets: a patented, powerful, array -based programmable DSP for digital video, industry -leading software algorithms from Teranex and proprietary eWARP' geometry processing. Its mission is to leverage these innovative technologies into ICs that will enable the next generation of digital video/image capture, transmission, distribution, editing, storage and display solutions, with an initial focus on large area digital displays including front and rear projection. Silicon Optix is headquartered in San Jose, California, with operations in Hanover, Germany; Orlando, Florida; Taipei, Taiwan and Toronto, Canada. For more information about Silicon Optix, please visit the company's Web site at www.siliconoptix.com.

OptiScale and AnyPlace are trademarks of Silicon Optix Inc.

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