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ViXS Announces World's First SoC With High Dynamic Range and 4K Ultra HD 12-Bit Color

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - January 05, 2015) - ViXS Systems Inc. (VXS.TO), a pioneer and leader in media processing solutions, today announced that it has set another industry performance benchmark for video processing with its new XCode 6800 family of media processing System-on-Chip (SoC) products. The leading companies in film production, broadcast distribution and consumer electronics have indicated that mass adoption of 4K Ultra HD requires High Dynamic Range (HDR) and 12-bit color depth. ViXS has responded with the world's first silicon solution supporting those requirements. The XCode 6800 maintains support for current and previous video standards, enabling ViXS' customers to deploy products that will successfully support broadcast content as it evolves from HD to Ultra HD to Ultra HD 12-bit with HDR.

HDR extends the dynamic range of display brightness levels, creating images with spectacular clarity and brilliance that appear as natural as possible to the human eye. Adding HDR overcomes the limited dynamic range of today's TV sets, giving movie studios thousands of times more possibilities for creating images that are truly lifelike. ViXS worked closely with HDR technology providers to develop an innovative color tone mapping scheme that converts HDR-based content to regular HD or Ultra HD, giving equipment manufacturers the ability to deploy products that will be backward and forwards compatible. Moreover, industry consensus is that 12-bit color more closely represents how the human eye perceives contrast and is being specified by industry bodies as one of the key broadcast codecs for 4K Ultra HD. By combining HDR and 12-bit color, consumers will now get the truly exceptional viewing experience when purchasing Ultra HD television sets.

ViXS embedded a powerful ARM Cortex A9 dual-SMP CPU into the XCode 6800, providing ample processing power for today's demanding applications. Also included in the XCode 6800 is a state-of-the-art 3D graphics engine compliant with OpenGL-ES 2.0 and OpenGL-ES 3.0. With dedicated silicon processing, the XCode 6800 delivers 1080p HD at 30/60/120/240 frames per second and Ultra HD 2160p60 at 10-bit or 12-bit color. ViXS has included a comprehensive set of peripherals including HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 and support for HDR signalling, Gigabit Ethernet, SDIO, USB, eMMC, SPI flash memory controllers, DDR3/DDR4 memory controllers, PCIe and smart card interfaces. Set-top box versions of the XCode 6800 include advanced conditional access, multiple transport stream inputs, SATA for DVR applications, and MoCA 2.0 communications technology. The XCode 6800 family is manufactured in 28nm technology.

"ViXS is the world leader in Ultra HD silicon solutions. The new XCode 6800 extends our position by supporting both HDR and 12-bit color, giving consumers incredibly realistic images," said Sally Daub, President and CEO, ViXS Systems Inc. "We are excited to see our customers bring 6800-based products to market in 2015 and beyond, helping to transform the distribution infrastructure and accelerate mass adoption of Ultra HD content."

XCode 6800 samples are available to customers in Q2 2015.

About ViXS Systems Inc.
ViXS is the pioneer and market leader in designing revolutionary media processing semiconductor solutions for video over IP streaming solutions, with over 503 patents issued and pending worldwide, numerous industry awards for innovation and over 30 million media processors shipped to date. ViXS is driving the transition to Ultra HD 4K across the entire content value chain by providing professional and consumer grade chipsets that support the new High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard up to Main 12 Profile, reducing memory bandwidth consumption by 50% while providing the depth of color and image clarity needed to take advantage of higher-resolution content. ViXS' XCodePro 300 family is ideal for Ultra HD 4K infrastructure equipment, and the XCode 6000 family of system-on-chip (SoC) products achieve unprecedented levels of integration that enable manufacturers to create cost-effective consumer entertainment devices.

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

Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this press release that are not historical facts constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding ViXS' projected revenues, gross margins, earnings, growth rates, the impact of new product design wins, market penetration and product plans. The use of terms such as "may," "anticipated," "expected," "projected," "targeting," "estimate," "intend" and similar terms are intended to assist in identification of these forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are not promises or guarantees of future performance and involve both known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause ViXS' actual results to be materially different from historical results or from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.