CES 2006: Vidanti Launches High Definition IPEG Set Top Box for Triple Play IPTV Services Based on Conexant technology

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Vidanti today announced the launch of their first product, the BBTV4000 IP Entertainment Gateway™ (IPEG) set top box for triple play IPTV. It utilizes chipsets from Conexant Systems and is part of their demo suite at CES 2006.

Vidanti today announced the launch of their first product addressing the Entertainment-over-Broadband market. Utilizing media and voice processing chipsets from Conexant Systems, the BBTV4000 IP Entertainment Gateway™ (IPEG) set top box offers unrivaled features for triple play IPTV.

“The breadth of our product portfolio allows customers such as Vidanti to use a single vendor for new convergence products,” said Manjit Gill, Division Director for Conexant’s Broadband Media Processing business. “We are pleased that they have chosen to use both our set-top box and broadband access semiconductor solutions for their innovative new IPTV gateway.”

Paul Walsh, Vidanti CEO, said: "We believe that the BBTV4000 launch is a very important event for the nascent IPTV market. It provides IP-based voice, data and High Definition video applications using the integrated BBTVsoft™ software suite. Although highly-featured, it is a very low-cost solution. The BBTV4000 is more than a set-top box; it‘s an IPTV Entertainment Gateway."

IPTV appeals to consumers because it gives control over TV schedule and content. Combined with the ability to simultaneously communicate through email, messaging or low-cost Voice-over-IP phone calls, it gives the consumer previously unknown flexibility and features without the need for a PC.

Available to consumer electronics brands and service providers as a white label product, the fully integrated platform enables them to offer a powerful and customisable entertainment gateway that supports revenue-generating services such as video-on-demand (VoD) straight out of the box. The BBTV4000 with BBTVSoft software is the first to offer such innovative and compelling features at a low cost point. Features include:

  • Decode of MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) and MPEG-2 High Definition TV to 1080i and 720p resolutions
  • Voice-over-IP supporting voicemail, caller ID and call forwarding
  • DVR with integrated hard disk drive to record or pause live TV
  • Optional Free-to-air digital TV (DVB-T)
  • WLAN for sharing audio files and photos
  • Internet-based applications on the TV such as web browsing, online gaming, email and messaging services

The Vidanti BBTVSoft suite is ‘network hardened’ software already deployed in over 30 million customer premises broadband devices. It has been optimized for maximum efficiency with Conexant’s silicon. The flexible architecture offered by the BBTV4000 and BBTVSoft allows the service provider to add further applications in the future through a network download. “Conexant’s semiconductors provided a powerful engine for the true triple play capabilities of BBTVsoft”, added Walsh, “and removing software royalties from the equation makes mass rollout of IPTV a more cost-efficient proposition”.

About Vidanti Ltd

Vidanti, a Cambridge, UK based company, design and manufacture ‘white label’ IPTV Entertainment Gateway solutions. Vidanti products offer the most advanced technologies for entertainment over broadband networks including High Definition TV, MPEG-4 AVC video decoding and Voice-over IP.

The Vidanti BBTVSoft software suite for Triple Play IPTV is built on software deployed in over 30 million broadband consumer devices providing a solution with unrivaled features, reliability and robustness. The ability to add applications to BBTVSoft enables it to provide service providers with a future-proofed solution.

About Conexant System, Inc

Conexant’s innovative semiconductor solutions are driving broadband communications and digital home networks worldwide. The company has leveraged its expertise and leadership position in modem technologies to enable more Internet connections than all of its competitors combined, and continues to develop highly integrated silicon solutions for broadband data and media processing networks.

Key products include client-side xDSL and cable modem solutions, home network processors, broadcast video encoders and decoders, digital set-top box components and systems solutions, and dial-up modems. Conexant’s suite of networking components includes a leadership portfolio of IEEE 802.11a/b/g-compliant WLAN chipsets, software and reference designs, as well as solutions for applications based on HomePlug™ and HomePNA™. The company also offers a complete line of asymmetric and symmetric DSL central office solutions, which are used by service providers worldwide to deliver broadband data, voice, and video over copper telephone lines.

Conexant is a fabless semiconductor company that recorded more than $720 million in revenues in fiscal year 2005. The company has approximately 2,400 employees worldwide, and is headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif. To learn more, please visit us at http://www.conexant.com.


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