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Zoran SoftDVD III Sets a New Standard for DVD Video Quality

Zoran's 3rd Generation Software DVD Decoder Raises the Bar for Playback Quality and Adds AutoSense(TM), Automatic Configuration for Optimal Performance

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 17, 1999-- Zoran Corporation, a leading provider of integrated circuits (ICs) and software for digital video and audio applications enabled by compression, announced today the availability of its new, 3rd generation, software DVD player, SoftDVD III(TM).

With SoftDVD III, Zoran, the creator of the DVD software player market, is once again setting the standard for video and audio quality, and automatic sensing and handling of different PC configurations. SoftDVD III is now available for use by qualified PC OEMs, graphics card suppliers, DVD ROM drive manufacturers, system integrators and PC game developers.

"Zoran's no-compromise approach with SoftDVD III has resulted in a new level of video picture quality and audio performance," stated Dr. Isaac Shenberg, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Zoran. "By taking advantage of the latest Intel and AMD processors, SoftDVD III will enrich the end user DVD viewing experience."

Ultimate Video Quality

With SoftDVD III, Zoran is utilizing the maximal MPEG-2 video decoding algorithmic precision to deliver a no-compromise solution for software DVD playback on today's PCs. These full precision calculations combined with Zoran's advanced software de-interlacing result in a clear, sharp picture, even in the most rapidly moving video sequences.

     AutoSense(TM) -- Dynamically Configuring SoftDVD to Match System
     Capabilities

PC OEMs and system integrators use a wide array of graphics solutions, audio capabilities and CPUs. They require a single software package to support these varying configurations. Zoran developed AutoSense(TM) to address this requirement. SoftDVD III uses AutoSense(TM) to automatically sense its environment at run-time, and automatically configure itself to match the current system capabilities. This includes enabling 3DNow instructions for K6 machines as well as selecting SoftDVD III software implementations of video functions (scaling, bob & weave, alpha blending, motion compensation) to compensate for deficiencies in the PC's graphics system.

Unequaled Audio Support

Audio playback is another key strength of SoftDVD III. Whether it is stereo with virtual 3D audio, 4 point surround, full 5.1 channel Dolby Digital or S/PDIF pass through, Zoran's latest software enables all these environments. AutoSense(TM) detects the audio subsystem and configures SoftDVD to match the system audio capabilities. A single version of SoftDVD III will provide the optimal audio solution, even if the end-user later upgrades the system's audio capabilities from stereo to 4 or more speakers or S/PDIF pass-through for the full 5.1 channel Dolby Digital experience.

SoftDVD III is now available for use by qualified PC OEMs, graphics card suppliers, DVD ROM drive manufacturers and PC game developers. Contact Zoran for more technical and licensing information.

ABOUT ZORAN

Zoran Corporation develops and markets software, integrated circuits (ICs) and IC Intellectual Property (IP) cores for digital audio and video applications enabled by compression. Zoran also provides complete reference designs based on Zoran's technology. Zoran's product lines and IP include JPEG codecs, MPEG and DVD decoders, digital audio processors and real-time DVD software for PCs. All these standard-based products benefit from Zoran's Standard Plus(TM) technology. Zoran's software is bundled by PC and graphics-card manufacturers for software and software assisted DVD playback on PCs. The company's ICs are used in numerous digital audio and video products. Leading applications incorporating Zoran's products and IP include professional and consumer video editing systems, filmless digital cameras, stand-alone and PC-based DVD players, SuperVCD players, digital speakers and audio systems.

Zoran is headquartered in Santa Clara, with additional operations in Haifa, Israel, Toronto, Canada and offices in Tokyo, Japan and Shenzhen, China. For more information about Zoran call 408/919-4111, or visit our website: www.zoran.com . For our latest press releases please call our fax-on-demand service at 1-800-PRO-INFO, ticker symbol ZRAN.

SoftDVD, AutoSense, Standard Plus, and SiliconSoftware are trademarks of Zoran Corporation.

All other terms and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners, and are hereby acknowledged.


Contact:

     At Zoran Corporation:
     Yizhar Ganor, 408/919-4286
     
[email protected]

     World Wide Web Site: 
www.zoran.com

     or
     At The Financial Relations Board:
     Cathy Kawakami (investors), 415/986-1591



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