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ViXS Launches UHD HEVC 4K Golden Reference Decoder Tool to Meet the Growing Demand From the Broadcast Industry

New ViXS Golden Reference Decoder Provides a Standardized Tool to Validate and Enable UHD 4K Broadcast Content and Topology

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - April 21, 2014) - ViXS Systems Inc. (TSX: VXS), a pioneer and leader in media processing solutions, today announced the availability of a Ultra High Definition(UHD) 4K Golden Reference Decoder tool to test, validate, and debug 4K UHD content and deployment plans for the broadcast industry. As the broadcast market transitions to HEVC and UHD 4K, the requirement for a standardized reference tool becomes a necessity for a company planning to deploy any type of UHD 4K service.

The UHD 4K Golden Reference tool will enable content creators, service operator technologists, encoder manufacturers, and HEVC promoters to easily decode and display files from storage or from IP networks, up to 4Kp60 HEVC 10-bit. The Golden Reference tool will allow users to verify stream compliance, encoder quality parameters, transport multiplexing parameters, video output quality and compare 8-bit vs. 10-bit; all key metrics required to upgrade broadcast systems to support 4Kp60 HEVC 10-bit video across all networks.

"At NAB last week there were more than ten different Tier-1 encoder and streaming technology companies demonstrating their new products with the ViXS UDH 4K decoder. The industry response to the ViXS XCode decoder has been enormous and validates our leadership position regarding advanced video processing capabilities," said John Pomeroy, VP Sales, Infrastructure and Networking, VIXS systems Inc. "Our XCode 6400 product embodied in the UHD Golden Reference Decoder, uniquely enables operators, encoder manufacturers and others to test their networks using the same technology that will soon be deployed in their customer's homes."

Summary and Highlights of the Golden Reference Decoder Box:

  • 4Kp60 10 bit HEVC decode and display
  • File Source from Storage or IP Network
  • Continued support for Legacy codecs (AVC up to 4K)
  • Simple operation
  • Small form factor
  • Low power

The VIXS UHD 4K Golden Reference Decoder tool is available for orders now and will ship to customers starting in May 2014.

About ViXS Systems Inc.
ViXS is the pioneer and market leader in designing revolutionary media processing semiconductor solutions for the broadcasting and consumer electronics industries, with over 461 patents issued and pending worldwide, numerous industry awards for innovation, and over 30 million media processor shipments to date. ViXS is driving the transition to Ultra HD 4K across the entire content value chain by providing professional and consumer grade chipsets that support the new High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard up to Main 10 Profile, reducing bandwidth consumption by 50% while providing the depth of color and image clarity needed to take advantage of higher-resolution content. ViXS' XCodePro 300 family is ideal for Ultra HD 4K infrastructure equipment, and the XCode 6000 family of system-on-chip (SoC) products achieve unprecedented levels of integration that enable manufacturers to create cost-effective consumer entertainment devices.

ViXS is headquartered in Toronto, Canada with offices in Europe, Asia and North America. VIXS, the ViXS® logo, XCode®, XCodePro™, XConnex™ and Xtensiv™ are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of ViXS. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. For more information on ViXS, visit our website: www.vixs.com.

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