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Expansion of industry leading video processing Algogear product line provides added value,

functionality, and cost savings at no extra cost

LAS VEGAS, NV (April 20, 2009) – NAB BOOTH SU3117—Algolith Inc, a leader in advanced world class video processing solutions for broadcast, cable, satellite, and IPTV providers, today announced the launch of two new products: the Algogear Up/Down/Crossconverter with Frame Synchronizer, and the Algogear Upconverter with Noise Reduction. The Algogear product line has seen rapid expansion from one to nine applications in only one year. Broadcasters now have more products to choose from providing even more added value to Algolith's One Card, One Price, More Choices program (announced today in a separate release).

Designed for broadcasters looking to cut expenses, increase quality, and simplify workflow, the new Algogear Upconverter with Noise Reduction (XVC-1011-UC) and Algogear Up/Down/Crossconverter Frame Synchronizer (XVC-1001-UDC) products allow smoother conversion from standard-definition (SD) to high-definition (HD) formats, offer a new level of integration, and have built-in audio features at no additional cost.

“The new architecture of our Algogear solutions delivers greater performance and an attractive price point to a wider range of customers – from broadcasters to IPTV providers,” said Yvan Ouellet, president and CEO of Algolith Inc. “With the new Upconverter Noise Reduction solution, broadcasters receiving significantly compressed feeds from abroad can not only upconvert, but can also clean up compression artifacts such as blocking and mosquito noise. These combined solutions will allow our customers to achieve a more efficient and seamless workflow, and also save money.”

Algogear Up/Down/Crossconverter with Frame Synchronizer The Algolith XVC-1001-UDC is an up/down/cross converter which also includes SD/HD Frame Synchronizer used to solve audio and video timing issues as well as clean up metadata in a digital facility. This combined UDC solution reduces costs, simplifies workflow and achieves the best possible video quality with superior aspect ratio settings (ARC), offering flexibility for managing video formats in hybrid facilities. For more efficiency, the XVC-1001-UDC also supports active format descriptor (AFD) signalling for automatic management of aspect ratio, and can generate AFD packets based on the aspect ratio settings, which also simplifies HDTV workflow.

Other benefits and features include:

• Closed Captioning – full support of both 608 and 708 standards

• Sophisticated automated cadence detection with per-pixel video over film processing

• Directional content adaptive scaling

• Background fill input allows side panels to be filled with video or graphics after aspect ratio conversion

• Performs field/frame repeat or drop to align video to input reference

Algogear Upconverter and Noise Reduction Solution

The Algogear XVC-1011-UC Upconverter combines Algolith’s industry-leading noise reducer, the Algogear VNR-1002-MD. Now together as one solution, the XVC-1011-UC Upconverter provides best-in-class SD-to-HD conversion allowing signals to be cleaned up and processed before upconversion. It also provides broadcasters with more signal processing per card, significantly reducing cost per channel. It also offers advanced motion-adaptive de-interlacing, anti-aliasing filter, cadence correction, and per pixel deinterlacing for superior conversion quality. Users can automatically delay all 16 channels (four groups) of embedded audio to compensate for the video delay and process closed caption and time code information.

Other benefits and features include:

• Directional content adaptive scaling

• Sophisticated automated cadence detection with per-pixel video over film processing

• Custom and fixed ARC

• Full-fledged split screen function for adjustment, comparison and evaluation of noise reduction

One Card, One Price, More Choices

Algolith’s OOM program works with the entire Algogear line of advanced video processing cards. Customers can choose from one of the many solutions to reconfigure their cards at no additional cost. These include:

• Signal processing solutions for standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) noise reduction;

• Format conversion solutions for SD to HD upconverting, and HD to SD downconverting; and

• Sync and delay solutions for frame synchronization, and video delay.

Pricing and Availability

The Algogear XVC-1011-UC and XVC-1001-UDC solutions are available through the Algogear Card applications priced at $5,995 (USPSRP). To order, contact an Algolith Sales Representative or an Authorized Algolith Reseller. For contact information or to locate a reseller call 1.877.ALGOLITH or e-mail sales@algolith.com.

About Algolith

Algolith Inc., based in Montréal (Québec, Canada) is a privately held company founded in 2003 as a spin-off of Miranda Technologies. Algolith has developed the industry’s most advanced video processing algorithms, leveraging over 50 man-years of R&D and IP development. The company has built its reputation around delivering its patented core Intellectual Property (IP), an unparalleled portfolio of technology which significantly improves image quality in all formats.

Algolith Inc. develops advanced high quality video processing solutions for reconfigurable cards designed to delay, synchronize, convert and process signals in all formats for broadcast, cable, satellite, and IPTV providers. Algolith provides the best value in advanced image processing with a future-proof, flexible, modular platform. Algolith also develops specialized IP solutions which can be used for FPGA or ASIC implementations by OEM and IP licensees.

For more information, please visit www.aloglith.com or contact sales@algolith.com. Visit Algolith at NAB 2009 at booth SU3117.

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