|The First HDMI Consumer Electronics Products Debut at CEDIA 2003
Panasonic, Pioneer, Sony, Meridian and SIM2 Introduce More Than 20 Products Using Silicon Image’s PanelLink Cinema(TM) ICs to Enable HDMI Connectivity
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Sept. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Silicon Image, (NASDAQ:SIMG) , a leader in high-bandwidth semiconductor and system solutions for mass markets, announced today that leading consumer electronics manufacturers will launch the world’s first High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)-enabled products, all incorporating Silicon Image’s HDMI-capable technology, at the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) Expo, September 3-7, 2003. The only company shipping HDMI silicon solutions today, Silicon Image’s HDMI-compliant PanelLink Cinema(TM) receivers and transmitters coupled with High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP), enable consumer electronics devices to deliver premium content and the highest-quality, all digital audio and video viewing experience to consumers.
“After working diligently to develop and garner industry support for the HDMI standard, Silicon Image is now shipping its PanelLink Cinema transmitters and receivers to many of the largest and most respected CE manufacturers in the world,” said John LeMoncheck, vice president of consumer electronics products at Silicon Image. “Silicon Image has played a lead role in the development of both the HDMI specification and the HDMI Compliance Test Specification, and we have conducted rigorous compliance testing to ensure that consumers will receive the highest quality and simplest digital connection between devices. The movement by CE manufacturers to quickly incorporate our HDMI solutions into their products demonstrates their confidence in Silicon Image’s technology and we remain committed to providing the ‘gold standard’ in quality for HDMI semiconductor solutions.”
The following new products, all of which use Silicon Image’s PanelLink Cinema technology, will be on display at CEDIA and shipping this fall, unless otherwise noted:
— Panasonic projection TV: PT-53WXD63 (53-inch)
“HDMI is an important standard for bringing the all-digital experience to consumer households,” said Dave Naranjo, Sr. Manager, Product Planning & Marketing at Panasonic, a unit of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., LTD (NYSE:MC) . “As an HDMI founder, Panasonic is committed to leading the way with HDMI-enabled devices and Silicon Image was the only company capable of providing technology that would allow us to design and ship HDMI products within a year of the specification’s completion. Our products have passed testing at an HDMI Authorized Testing Center and we look forward to delivering HDMI products into consumer households by the end of this month, and for years to come.”
Silicon Image’s PanelLink Cinema SiI(TM) 9190(TM) transmitter and SiI 9993(TM) receiver are the first ICs commercially available that provide HDMI connectivity. In addition to enabling HDMI uncompressed digital transmission, PanelLink Cinema technology also includes HDCP for content protection, the combination of which has been heralded by major motion picture producers as the methodology of choice for the distribution and display of their premium-value content. PanelLink Cinema products are also fully compliant with the DVI 1.0 specification and backward compatible with the growing installed base of digital TVs featuring DVI-HDCP inputs. The SiI 9190 and SiI 9993 support the full range of DTV resolutions and a number of standard PC formats, as well as digital audio support for 2-channel PCM, Dolby Digital and DTS.
HDMI combines high-definition video and multi-channel audio in a single, all-digital interface with a bandwidth of up to 5 Gigabits/sec. Benefits include uncompressed digital quality, fewer cables and a small, user-friendly connector suitable for a wide range of CE components. HDMI also supports bi-directional communication between devices, enabling the DTV to make intelligent decisions on how to best render images. Since the release of the HDMI v 1.0 Specification in January of 2003, more than 40 companies have become either founders or adopters, of the HDMI specification.
According to Bill Foster, senior technology consultant at Understanding & Solutions, a market analyst firm serving content providers and consumer electronics manufacturers, “The combination of HDMI and HDCP is exactly the kind of solution movie studios and CE companies need to propel their business into the all-digital age. The creation, distribution, storage and display of digital content in a secure environment are at the forefront of issues facing content providers and manufacturers today. An interface that has widespread industry support will benefit consumers and manufacturers alike looking to experience interoperability among digital home theater systems.”
About Silicon Image
This news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of federal securities regulations. These forward-looking statements include statements related to anticipated functions, capabilities and availability of set-top boxes, DVD players and HDTVs incorporating Silicon Image’s HDMI technology, the expectation of adoption of HDMI by manufacturers of such consumer electronics devices and anticipated consumer reaction to the new devices and technology. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including those described from time to time in Silicon Image’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. In particular, customers may not incorporate Silicon Image’s HDMI technology, consumers may not react as expected to products incorporating Silicon Image’s HDMI technology, and such products may provide functions and capabilities other than as anticipated, and may not produce revenue, margin, or profit. Also see “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations-Factors Affecting Future Results” in the most recent Annual Report, Form 10-K or 10-Q filed by Silicon Image with the SEC. Silicon Image assumes no obligation to update this forward-looking information.
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