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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Horizon Semiconductors Sets in Motion Next Generation Location-Free Universal HD-DVD/Blu-Ray(TM) Decoder/Transcoder SoC

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- Powerful, easy to use API, with the ability to accelerate and off-loadhost application code, as well as comprehensive universal optical disc (UOD)software stack supporting legacy & advanced blue laser disk profiles.

"By integrating our advanced encoding & display technologies into ourexisting universal HD-DVD/BluRay solutions, Horizon is able to offer the mostcomprehensive DVD content creation, playback & streaming technologies, in asingle low cost integrated silicon.", said Leonid Yavits, Chief TechnologyOfficer of Horizon Semiconductors. "Hz7120 compelling offering that combinesdual channel native 1080/60p decoding support for both high-definitionoptical formats, along with encoding/transcoding capability, together withour powerful 2D/3D graphics & display processing, iVDR support, sophisticatedHDi and BD-Java acceleration engines and comprehensive software stack, willallow manufacturers to introduce the ultimate next generation location-freemedia players/recorders."

To facilitate faster time-to-market, Horizon is also announcing theimmediate availability of the HzR7120 reference design kit. This fullyoperational HD-DVD/Blu-ray development system includes software support forlegacy & advanced blue-laser disk profiles, as well as PCB schematics anddocumentation.

About Horizon Semiconductors

Horizon Semiconductors is a leading provider of highly integrated siliconsolutions that enable secured video and audio compression & transmission forthe consumer electronics and home entertainment markets. Using proprietarytechnologies and advanced design methodologies, Horizon designs, develops andsupplies complete system-on-a-chip solutions and related hardware andsoftware applications. Horizon's diverse product portfolio includes solutionsfor digital cable, satellite and IPTV Set-top boxes, DVD, HD-DVD and Blu-Rayplayers and recorders, HDTV, Digital Video Recorders and Home Media Centers.

Horizon is headquartered in Herzliya, Israel , and may be contacted at+972-77-2020400 or at http://www.horizonsemi.com.


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