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ViXS, Unihan, Lantiq and Morega Announce Forge, A Breakthrough Home Media Gateway Platform

ViXS® Systems Inc. today announced a powerful new home media gateway platform, Forge, developed in partnership with Unihan, Lantiq and Morega Systems, Inc. Forge combines high speed internet access, digital voice services, and wireless delivery of premium video, pictures and music to smartphones, tablets, laptops, and connected TVs throughout the home and beyond. The platform includes the world’s leading media transcoding system-on-chip (SoC), a VDSL broadband modem, diverse I/O options, and innovative media management software to create a highly flexible architecture at an unprecedented low cost point.

With Forge, pay television service providers finally have an affordable option for high-volume deployments that will fundamentally change the way consumers access content and services. The key features of Forge are:

  • ViXS XCode® 4310 Dual HD Network Media Processor for multi-format video and audio transcoding and content security
  • Complete turnkey solution designed with Unihan’s strong R&D and manufacturing expertise that enables fast time to market for a cost-effective, high-volume deployment
  • Lantiq’s market proven XWAY™ VRX288 VDSL Gateway platform
  • Voice services supported by Lantiq’s SLIC™ and ISDN devices
  • Comprehensive media mobility software from Morega Systems for presenting user-owned and premium content in a consistent interface across iOS, MacOS, Android and Windows devices, both inside the home as well as remotely
  • Dual Band Dual Concurrent 802.11n Wi-Fi for streaming content to wireless IP devices
  • Media streaming using Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA®), and HTTP Live Streaming (HLS)
  • Optional built-in storage so that consumers can store, access and share their digital content both within their home and remotely
  • Optional targeted advertising solution using Morega software to replace pre-roll, post-roll and interstitial advertisements according to user analytics and statistics

Forge will be demonstrated at the 2013 International CES Show (Jan. 8-11) in the ViXS Systems Booth MP25953, South Hall 2, as well as in the Morega Product Suite at the Venetian.

“Forge is the optimal platform to answer consumer demands for content mobility and a smart home network,” said Sally Daub, President and CEO of ViXS Systems. “Our market leading XC4310 SoC enables real-time processing and delivery of multiple concurrent streams of live content and personal media. We are excited to collaborate with Unihan, Lantiq and Morega to bring to market a complete system solution that is ready for our customers to customize and deploy.”

“The strong R&D and manufacturing expertise of Unihan has quickly and cost-effectively integrated ViXS, Lantiq and Morega technology to create a unique and feature rich platform that meets the growing consumer demands of high bandwidth broadband access, multi-screen media access and media portability,” said Steve Huang, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Unihan Corporation. “This is an ideal solution that service providers can launch quickly to attract new customers while increasing satisfaction and retention of existing customers.”

“As broadband traffic will be more and more video dominated, there is a growing need to upgrade traditional broadband gateways with video processing and storage capabilities. We are proud that with the partnership with ViXS, Unihan and Morega, we can demonstrate that the Lantiq gateway platform is ready for media gateway applications. This joint system solution will help operators to deploy value-added services,” said Dirk Wieberneit, Lantiq Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) Business Unit.

“From Morega’s perspective, this collaboration offers the service provider community with a superior way to enable media mobility in and out of the home,” said Buddy Snow, CEO, Morega. “Our software is preferred by some of the largest media companies worldwide, and is proven to help operators easily and quickly deploy these advanced media services. Within the Forge platform, Morega’s high-performance software ensures that all media are properly formatted and reliably reach the designated client devices via wireless streaming or file downloads, while preserving metadata and DRM. We also support advanced advertising solutions. Morega software can be flexibly deployed in a variety of multi-screen scenarios, and we are excited to show it at CES.”

About ViXS Systems Inc.

ViXS is the semiconductor pioneer in designing and developing high-performance media solutions for the consumer electronics and video service provider industries. With over 390 patents issued and pending worldwide, ViXS has been recognized with a number of industry awards for innovation. ViXS is the world leader in transcoder deployments with over 40 million shipments to date, and still growing.

ViXS has a comprehensive portfolio of products to meet the diverse needs of the global media industry. Portfolio highlights include the most advanced dense transcoder available for cloud-based solutions, as well as SoC’s for home devices capable of doing the most simultaneous number of HD streams in the industry. Moreover, ViXS is the only company to have integrated transcoding and Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) technologies to create the lowest-cost media gateway capable of delivering premium content to consumer IP devices, such as the iPad, inside and outside of the home.

ViXS has three primary product lines: XCode, XCodePro and XConnex. The XCode family of media processors range from stand-alone transcoding chips to full SoC solutions, each capable of handling from one to four simultaneous HD-to-HD transcodes. XCodePro products address the professional enterprise market and are being deployed today for cloud-based media streaming services. The XConnex product line is for communications devices, including MoCA 1.1 and 2.0 solutions. Additionally, ViXS customers are provided with a robust software development kit known as Xtensiv.

ViXS is headquartered in Toronto, Canada with global operations and offices in Europe, Asia and North America. For more information on ViXS, visit our website: www.vixs.com.

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 further information: David Jones, Tel: (416) 646-2000, E-mail: [email protected]

About Unihan Corporation

Unihan is an R&D oriented ODM company, focusing on product development & manufacturing of Docsis- Cable Modem, Pay TV Set-Top-Box, DSL-based Home Media Gateway & LCD-TV. Unihan is one member of Pegatron Group, which is one of top DMS companies located in Taiwan with business covering product lines of computing, communication and consumer. The category of products includes Desk-top, Notebook PC, Tablet PC & Smart Phone. Further information is available at http://www.pegatroncorp.com/

About Morega Systems

Morega Systems (www.morega.com) is a proven provider of secure media mobility software solutions that give service providers and consumer electronics manufacturers a better way to wirelessly deliver valuable premium and personal media to any consumption device, regardless of location. Morega creates a high-performance media ecosystem by putting firmware in the media source box (such as an IP gateway device), software in the client consumption devices, and servers in the cloud. Working closely with the conditional access and DRM systems, Morega ensures that media is securely delivered via adaptive streaming or high-speed file transfer. Morega’s analytics and statistics server tracks media consumption on client devices while respecting consumer privacy, thus ideally enabling targeted advertising just before delivery on personal devices.

About Lantiq

Lantiq offers a broad and innovative product portfolio for next-generation networks and the digital home. The company specializes in broadband communications encompassing analog, digital and mixed-signal ICs along with comprehensive software suites. Lantiq is a fabless company and its semiconductor solutions are deployed by major carriers and in home networks in every region of the world. Further information is available at: www.lantiq.com or follow us on Twitter @Lantiq

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