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

MathStar, Inc. Announces High Definition MPEG-2 Encoder IP Core for the Arrix(TM) FPOA

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HILLSBORO, Ore., Aug. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MathStar, Inc.(Nasdaq: MATH), a fabless semiconductor company specializing in high-performance programmable logic, announced today the availability of the company's high definition MPEG-2 Encoder IP Core for the Arrix field programmable object array (FPOA). The intellectual property (IP) corecurrently supports high definition 720p resolutions at 60 frames per second aswell as all standard definition formats. MathStar's MPEG-2 Encoder IP Core wasco-developed with Adaptive Micro-Ware, a leader in video technology solutionsand a member of MathStar's Certified Design Center (CDC) program.

"MathStar has made a substantial investment in porting broadcast videoapplications to the Arrix FPOA," said Dan Sweeney , MathStar COO. "The FPOAoffers performance above and beyond other programmable logic products, whichmakes it ideal for high-definition video processing. The combination ofAdaptive Micro-Ware's video expertise and the Arrix FPOA's 1 gigahertzdeterministic timing enable a very high-end MPEG-2 encoder feature set on alow cost platform."

"MathStar's Arrix FPOA allowed Adaptive Micro-Ware to develop the MPEG-2encoder IP core in a short amount of time," said Bob Kniskern, president ofAdaptive Micro-Ware. "By combining the FPOA architecture with inexpensiveFPGAs, we were able to target a best-in-class feature set including extensivemotion estimation, a low constant bit-rate and very high picture quality --all on a re-programmable platform."

According to Kniskern, Adaptive Micro-Ware first selected the FPOA forwork with a major telecommunications customer that needed a higher-performanceform of programmable logic to help compress video for storage and distributionover the Internet. Since then, the company has been able to leverage thisinvestment into design services contracts with other firms.

The MPEG-2 Encoder IP Core is part of MathStar's Pro Video Library, whichalso includes the MPEG-2 Multi-Stream Decoder, the JPEG-2000 Encoder IP Coresas well as a roadmap to MPEG-4/H.264 IP. The MPEG-2 Encoder IP is scalableacross one or two FPOA devices, depending on the level of compressionrequired. The IP core will also be enhanced to support 1080i formats beforethe end of the year. For pricing and availability of the MPEG-2 Encoder IPCore, please contact MathStar at

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