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Panasonic DVD Player Benefits From Genesis Line-doubler Chip

DVD-H1000D DVD Player Relies On Genesis Chip For Progressive-Scan Output

TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 19, 1999--Genesis Microchip announced today Panasonic uses the Genesis gmVLX1A single-chip video processor in Panasonic's new progressive-scan digital video disc (DVD) and compact disc player.

The DVD-H1000D showcases Panasonic's most advanced technology by producing a superb, film-like video picture. Video images are sharp, stable and show vivid color reproduction. The player's progressive-scan output is provided by the Genesis gmVLX1A chip.

"Panasonic was one of the first companies to recognize the quality of the gmVLX1A and design with the chip," said Panasonic's Kenjiro Kuno, Director, Optical Disc Systems Division. "Our H1000 DVD player utilizes the chip's state-of-the-art digital image processing to provide progressive-scan video of outstanding quality. Everyone who has seen it says it's the best quality image they've seen."

The gmVLX1A integrated circuit (IC) utilizes Genesis Microchip's most advanced vertical/temporal filtering and scaling algorithms to convert interlaced (television-style) video for display on high-resolution, non-interlaced displays (e.g., digital TVs, PC monitors, LCD TVs, video projectors, high-end home entertainment systems, etc.). Conversion techniques are often called "line doubling" because television video uses an "interlacing" method of displaying half the video lines at any moment. Non-interlaced displays are often called "progressive-scan" monitors because, unlike television screens, they display an entire video image in one pass.

The Genesis chip ensures output video is always clean, sharp and stable; other processing methods often produce "jaggy" or "blocky" images.

"We believe the progressive-scan output feature will become more popular and migrate to higher-volume DVD markets," said Peter Mandl, Genesis Microchip's Marketing Director, Consumer Products Unit. "We're currently seeing a trend where large-screen and other high-end TVs are utilizing non-interlaced displays, thereby increasing the need for DVD players that support progressive-scan output."

Although primarily a line-doubling IC, the gmVLX1A offers many advanced features such as superb real-time shrink and zoom, image sharpening and antialiasing filters, gamma correction, on-chip color space conversion, plus an innovative "advanced film mode" used to de-interlace video dubbed from a film source. Applications benefiting from this single-chip technology include DVD players, home theater, digital TV, PC-TV, projection systems, plasma displays, and scan doubling/quadrupling equipment.

Panasonic will release the DVD-H1000D to both North American and Japanese markets in October 1999.

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is one of the world's largest producers of electronic and electric products and a key developer of DVD technology. Worldwide, Matsushita has more than 270,000 employees. The company's principal North American subsidiary, Matsushita Electric Corp. of America, markets products under the Panasonic, Quasar and Technics brand names. Matsushita Electric subsidiaries and affiliates in North America employ over 20,000 people in the U.S., Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Genesis Microchip Inc. -- an ISO9001-registered company -- designs, produces and markets highly integrated semiconductors for flat panel displays, home theater equipment, projection systems, video workstation gear and dozens of other applications. Products using Genesis chips can be found from Acer, Apple Computer, CTX Opto-Electronics, Daewoo Electronics, Dell, Fujitsu, IBM, In Focus Systems, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, NEC, Philips, Samsung, SGI, Sharp, Sony, Tatung, Texas Instruments, ViewSonic and more than 200 other companies.

In May 1999, Genesis Microchip merged with Paradise Electronics to broaden its flat-panel enabling technology with Paradise's mixed-signal integrated circuits. Genesis is headquartered in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada, while its U.S. subsidiaries are located in San Jose and Mountain View, Calif. Further information is available at: http://www.genesis-microchip.com


Contact:
     Genesis Microchip
     Robert Hunter, 905/763-4261
     [email protected]
     www.genesis-microchip.com



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