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Algolith to Debut Signal Conformity Monitor at HD World

New time-saving tool offers quick visual display of image degradation

Montreal, Quebec (October 7, 2009) — Algolith Inc, a leader in advanced world-class video processing solutions for broadcast, cable, satellite, and IPTV providers, today announced the launch of their newest product, the Algogear Signal Conformity Monitor, which will be showcased at HD World on October 14th and 15th in New York city, at booth #1040.

Image comparison tool quickly pinpoints discrepancies

The Algogear™ Signal Conformity Monitor (SCM-1001-MD), part of the Algogear line of video processing solutions, is a testing tool for television studio labs to quickly and conveniently monitor video images and compare the differences in an image after some processing.

“When receiving video signals and running them through processes such as encoding, decoding, transport or analogue to digital conversion, image degradation will occur,” said Jacques Patry, director of product development at Algolith Inc. “When encoding or decoding, for example, broadcasters can now easily compare a processed feed with its original. The SCM is an invaluable tool for detecting these image discrepancies following such signal processing.”

Built-in video delay ensures precise image comparison— saving time and money

The Algogear Signal Conformity Monitor provides broadcast engineers a quick visual representation of the difference between the processed and original image. With the built-in Algogear Video Delay, the ‘before’ and ‘after’ images are aligned in time for precise image comparison. The resulting display (on one side of the split screen) is a characterization of the difference between the same image, giving a quick visual map of the discrepancies. The other side of the split screen is available to view the original image, helping users pinpoint problem areas, further facilitating the process of improving image quality before it goes to air.

“The Algogear Signal Conformity Monitor eliminates the guesswork in analyzing the discrepancies in an image after it has been altered,” added Patry. “This unique monitoring tool saves time, and relieves the frustration of pinpointing image discrepancies—the SCM-1001-MD does this for you. Furthermore, as part of Algolith’s One Card, One Price, More Choices Program, it can be repurposed to any one of our other world-class solutions, at no additional cost.”

SCM-1001-MD Product Highlights

• Invaluable test tool detects image discrepancies following transport methods and processes

• Provides a quick visual representation of the image discrepancy

• Helps pinpoint problem areas, facilitating the process of improving image quality before going to air—helping save time and money

• Built-in Video Delay to time images for precise comparison (up to 10 seconds delay)

• Normal split mode or difference on left or right

• Gain of 16 when in diff mode

• Mirror left, mirror right, wipe mode

• Marker to separate images

• Test pattern generator on channel 1A and 2A (75% or 100% color bar)

• Controlled by easy to use Dashboard (openGear) interface

• All Algogear cards can be repurposed to any other Algogear solution at no additional cost (see One Card, One Price, More Choices to learn more)

• See entire SCM-1001-MD product sheet

Pricing and Availability

The Algogear Signal Conformity Monitor SCM-1001-MD is part of the Algogear line of FPGA-based video processing solutions and is part of Algolith’s One Card, One Price, More Choices Program. The Algogear card is available at $5995, and can be purchased through Algolith’s network of international resellers, or by contacting Algolith at or 1-877-ALGOLITH.

1 Card, 1 Price, More Choices program: Flexible, Cost-effective and Future-proof

Algolith’s One Card, One Price, More Choices Program allows users to repurpose their Algogear card to any one of Algogear’s video processing applications— at no additional cost. One Algogear card holds the power of the entire line applications available from Algolith, including solutions for Signal Processing, Format Conversion, as well as Sync and Delay. The reconfigurable nature of the Algogear card means that customers have the flexibility to repurpose their cards to any other of Algogear’s video processing solutions– for free. All Algogear applications have the ability to run on the same card, providing broadcasters with the choice to select the cards’ functionality at one point in time, and repurpose the card to another function at a later point in time. This solution helps broadcasters save money by reducing inventory of spares and support costs. Furthermore, its long life expectancy makes the Algogear card an environmentally-friendly solution.

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.

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