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Algogear™ VNR cards first to provide a reprogrammable core

HD and SD VNR cards boost image quality and reduce bandwidth requirements for Broadcasters, IPTV and Cable Companies.



MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC, October 11, 2007 -- Algolith, a leading provider of advanced video image processing solutions, today announced the immediate availability of the new Algogear high-definition and standard-definition video noise reduction (VNR) cards. The VNR cards, first introduced at NAB2007, represent the first in a series of Algogear products, a new line offering reprogrammable core-based solutions incorporating Algolith‘s acclaimed Intellectual Properties portfolio. The cards are the first on the market to provide broadcasters, IPTV service providers and cable companies with reprogrammable cores, allowing them the flexibility to repurpose the cards‘ functionality over time.


The VNR-1000-HD and VNR-1000-SD Noise Reduction Cards harness Algolith‘s Noise Reduction suite of technologies to dramatically increase picture quality and reduce bandwidth requirements for delivering content to cable, satellite, and terrestrial networks, as well as IPTV delivery platforms. They comprise the first two Algogear products, which are designed to employ the latest in Algolith‘s growing battery of video processing products.


One of the first customers Algolith shipped the VNR-1000 card to was DBS/IPTV provider Sky Angel®, the leading multi-channel, direct-to-consumer provider of faith-based and family-friendly television and radio programming. “We were particularly impressed with the quality of the picture processing from the Algogear product and with the bandwidth reduction results we were able to achieve. With its discrete multi-channel processing capability, we are now able to process all of our television channels at a lower cost per channel than otherwise possible,” said Raymond LaRue, vice president of engineering at Sky Angel.


Being the first reconfigurable core-based cards, the new Algogear VNR-1000-HD and VNR-1000-SD Noise Reduction solutions offer unparalleled flexibility. As new intellectual property based applications are developed, these cores will be able to be uploaded into the cards without physically removing or replacing card equipment.


“Algolith is changing the paradigm of what customers can expect from image processing equipment, now providing them with greater control of how their terminal equipment can be used in the future,” said Yvan Ouellet, president and CEO of Algolith Inc. “As such, Algolith is strengthening its legacy as a provider of advanced image processing solutions with unprecedented price-performance.”


Increased bandwidth through more efficient compression of video content

Used as a pre-processor to the encoder, the Algolith VNR cards enable video content to be compressed more efficiently, allowing the broadcaster the choice of delivering higher-quality images to consumers and/or to use the resulting increased bandwidth to deliver extra video channels which results in higher revenue for the operator.


Superior image quality

When used as a post-processor, the new cards will correct any DCT-based (Discrete Cosine Transform) compression noise and artifacts, providing the consumer yet again with a higher quality image--particularly important in today‘s market where 42”+ screens are becoming the norm in households.


Simultaneous discrete multiple channel processing reduces cost per channel

Algogear is the only product to offer simultaneous discrete multiple channel processing thereby reducing the cost per channel for operators. The VNR-1000-HD Dual Video Noise Reduction Card allows for two independent channels to be processed at the same time and the VNR-1000-SD Quad Video Noise Reduction Card allows for four independent channels to be processed at the same time. This allows operators to hold more channels in one frame, saving up to four times the rack space which provides a much more cost-effective solution than what is available on the market today. This is particularly important for operators who want to save costs by optimizing their rack space, and for example, mobile broadcasters with both limited physical space and bandwidth.


Pricing and Availability

The Algogear VNR-1000-HD and VNR-1000-SD high-definition and standard-definition Video Noise Reduction cards are available immediately at $9,995 U.S.


About Algolith

Based in Montréal (Québec, Canada), Algolith is a leading provider of advanced image processing solutions offering a broad range of products designed to meet the exacting needs of the television broadcast industry, cable and satellite providers, the emerging IPTV market, digital TV consumers, and select OEM and intellectual property licensees. Founded in 2003 as a spin off of Miranda Technologies, Algolith has built its reputation around its unparalleled core Intellectual Property (IP) protected technology that significantly improves image quality in all formats.


For further information, please contact Esther Hotter, Marketing Communications, at esther.hotter@algolith.com, or visit www.algolith.com.


Download an image of the Algogear VNR-1000 card.


To learn more about the VNR-1000, read Algolith‘s VNR White Paper.


CONTACT:

Esther Hotter

Marketing Communications

514-335-9867 Ext: 3246

esther.hotter@algolith.com

www.algolith.com

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