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Updated: April 10th, 2009 10:50 AM CDT

On2 Technologies Introduces Hantro 9170 HD Video Decoder

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Fastest Hardware Video Decoder in Company's History, Adds Support for REALVIDEO

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. , April 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- On2 Technologies (NYSE AMEX: ONT), a leader in video compression solutions, today announced the availability of its ninth-generation hardware video codec design, the Hantro(TM) 9170. The design supports video playback up to full HD (1080p) resolution at 60 frames per second (fps) in multiple formats including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Sorenson Spark(R), H.263, H.264, VC-1 and REALVIDEO(R) 8, 9 & 10, as well as up to 66 megapixel JPEG still images.

The video decoder core is also accompanied by a comprehensive suite of image processing functions including color space conversion, alpha blending, deinterlacing and image scaling. Intended for chipsets targeting multimedia devices (DVD/Blu-ray players, HD set-top boxes, mobile phones & handheld devices, gaming machines, etc.), the Hantro 9170 is built on silicon-proven designs deployed in millions of chips worldwide and provides semiconductor manufacturers with a minimal risk solution for integrating high performance video capability to their chipsets.

By integrating a hardware video codec, chip-makers are able to off-load from the processor core the computationally complex algorithms that are needed for playing a compressed video stream and adjusting it for the display. This enables them to reduce overall power consumption and achieve levels of performance otherwise unattainable.

The Hantro 9170 design is also exceptionally fast, requiring under 100MHz clock frequency to decode 1080p video at 30 fps. It also uses unique pre-fetching and buffering mechanisms to enable smooth operation with low-end SDRAMs. Together these features realize significant savings in power and overall chip design and manufacturing costs.

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