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LiquidHD display processor system-on-chip from Silicon Image facilitates home networking

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Silicon Image, Inc. introduced the SiI6100 HD display processor, the world's first device supporting the newly introduced Silicon Image LiquidHD technology. LiquidHD is the new personal entertainment technology designed to quickly and easily connect TVs, home theater, personal computers (PCs) and portable consumer electronics (CE) devices into a seamless network where consumers can enjoy digital content from any source device on any LiquidHD-enabled display in the home.

A silicon implementation of the LiquidHD specification, the SiI6100 display processor allows CE manufacturers and multiple service operators (MSOs) to reduce the time-to-market for their next-generation networked equipment. In addition, the SiI6100 reduces the cost of deployment of multi-room services while offering secure, high-quality video and a pixe laccurate remote user interface on a consumer electronics network.

The SiI6100 is a highly integrated system-on-chip (SoC) that incorporates a multi-standard high-definition and standard-definition video decoder for H.264, MPEG-2 and VC-1 formats. In addition, the SiI6100 features a multi-format audio decoder for Dolby Digital, MPEG-1 Layer 2, MPEG-1 Layer 3 (MP3), MPEG-2 AAC stereo, and DTS 5.1 formats. The LiquidHD protocols are built into the SoC, enabling manufacturers to create low-cost micro clients and to develop LiquidHD-native TVs. With LiquidHD-enabled micro clients and LiquidHD-native TVs, cable, satellite and internet protocol television (IPTV) service operators can quickly deploy multi-room digital video recorders (DVR) and video-on-demand (VOD) services at significantly reduced capital expenditure (CAPEX) and operating expenditures (OPEX). In addition, service operators will be able to provide their content to LiquidHD-enabled mobile phones, PCs and laptops.

“As the number of TVs per household grows, world-wide service operators are actively looking for cost effective ways to introduce multi-room, multi-screen HD video solutions to a larger customer base,” said Payam Kermani, senior product marketing manager at Silicon Image, Inc. “The SiI6100 HD display processor is a key component in extending popular services like HD DVR programming to multiple locations in the house, creating the potential
of increased average revenue per user for cable, satellite and IPTV service operators.”

Supporting the SiI6100 is a comprehensive LiquidHD developer's kit, the ideal tool for implementing the LiquidHD technology in residential gateways, master set-top boxes, Blu-ray disc players, hard disc recorders and digital video recorders (DVR). Each device will be able to automatically discover LiquidHD-enabled TVs and micro clients using LiquidDiscover technology, display its user interface over the network using LiquidPixels
remote user interface technology, and provide high quality HD streams using LiquidMedia streaming technology. The developer's kit supports the most popular set-top box and Bluray Disc processors in the consumer electronics market as well as major middleware software for cable, satellite and IPTV and Blu-ray Disc players.

The SiI6100 display processor will be sampling in the second quarter of 2009 along with the LiquidHD developer's kit. For more information on the SiI6100 LiquidHD display processor please visit www.siliconimage.com.

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