Anchor Bay's Video -Scaling ASIC Chosen for Teac Esoteric's P -03 Universal SA -CD/CD/DVD Player

Anchor Bay, a leading supplier of video-processing semiconductors (ASICs) and systems, today announced that its ABT1018 video-scaling ASIC has been chosen by Teac Esoteric for its new P-03 Universal Super Audio CD/CD/DVD player.

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Anchor Bay's Video -Scaling ASIC Chosen for Teac Esoteric's P -03 Universal SA -CD/CD/DVD Player

ABT1018 Video -Scaling Chip Provides Resolutions up to 1080p

CAMPBELL, Calif. - Oct. 30, 2006 - Anchor Bay, a leading supplier of video -processing semiconductors (ASICs) and systems, today announced that its ABT1018 video -scaling ASIC - part of its Video Reference Series™ (VRS™) - has been chosen by Teac Esoteric for its new P -03 Universal Super Audio CD/CD/DVD player.

The P -03 Universal integrates proven, high -quality video -processing technologies enhanced by Esoteric. Unlike other players using 10 -bit or 12 -bit video processing, the P -03 Universal is equipped with the latest 14 -bit/216 -MHz video D/A converter chip, as well as the ABT1018 video -scaling chip from Anchor Bay. The D/A converter chip offers the finest analog output available for resolutions up to 480p/576p, while an HDMI output offers an artifact -free digital connection for resolutions up to 1080p.

"Our extensive search for the right processing led us to Anchor Bay's ABT1018 for the P -03 Universal because of the reference -quality scaling it delivers at such a remarkable value," said Hiroyuki Hoshino, R&D manager for Teac Esoteric. "The chip was easy to design onto our board, and we were very pleased to see it provide the dynamic scaling performance we expected. Furthermore, Anchor Bay always provides superior technical support, a factor that should not be overlooked."

The ABT1018 is Anchor Bay's second -generation video -scaling ASIC ideally suited for DVD players/recorders, HDTV set -top boxes, and A/V receiver applications requiring upconversion from standard - and high -definition formats up to 1080p. With the ABT1018, the P -03 Universal is able to supply high -resolution images up to 1080p directly to the display using its HDMI output, completely bypassing the display's internal processing chip. The scaling chip features a proprietary 10 -bit Precision Video Scaling engine that can independently scale an image horizontally and vertically to achieve outstanding picture quality for today's high -resolution video displays.

"Esoteric has a well -earned reputation of excellence in the industry, and it is an honor to have our ABT1018 chip chosen to meet the company's video -processing needs," said Craig Soderquist, CEO at Anchor Bay. "We have worked very hard to develop our Precision Video Scaling technology as the reference standard for upconverting standard -definition video to higher -definition formats, and we are proud to provide such outstanding picture quality to the P -03 Universal."

Anchor Bay's Precision Video Scaling is but one of the video -processing solutions marketed under the VRS umbrella. Other VRS brand technologies include Anchor Bay's RightRate™, AutoCUE -C™, Precision AV LipSync™, and the new Precision Deinterlacing™ technology.

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About Teac Esoteric Company
Esoteric has been delivering the finest audio components to the most discerning listeners for nearly 20 years. All the components used in building the VRDS - NEO mechanism, digital to analog converters, Super Audio CD players, universal DVD players, and other electronics, are hand -selected, matched, and graded to combine into a single synergistic audio component.

About Anchor Bay Technologies, Inc.
Anchor Bay designs and manufactures advanced digital semiconductor and system -level solutions for next -generation digital television and high -resolution digital video products. The company's proprietary Video Reference Series™ (VRS™) technology allows Anchor Bay to offer a wide range of advanced video -processing solutions, including Precision Video Scaling™, Precision Deinterlacing™, Progressive Reprocessing™, color correction, detail enhancement, and noise reduction, that greatly improve image quality on a variety of video displays including large -screen HDTV home -theater systems.

Anchor Bay makes its VRS technology available to both OEM customers via its powerful series of semiconductor devices and end users through the inclusion of VRS in its award -winning DVDO iScan line of video -processing systems. The company has built its reputation as the industry's reference and continues to innovate leading -edge video technologies that will enable current and next -generation ICs and systems to deliver reference -quality image quality across a wide range of displays and sources. Privately held, Anchor Bay maintains its headquarters in Campbell, Calif.

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