Technicolor collaborates with Intel for next generation smart set-top boxes

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
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Technicolor collaborates with Intel for next generation smart set-top boxes; Technicolor is pioneering the next era of set top boxes with the new Intel® Atom™ Processor CE4200

PARIS — Technicolor (Euronext Paris: FR0010918292 ; NYSE : TCH) today announced that it is collaborating with Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) on its latest system on a chip, the Intel® Atom™ processor CE4200, formerly code-named Groveland.

The strategic collaboration will fuel Technicolor’s plan to drive into the market a new generation of integrated broadcast and IP set-top boxes, enabling service providers to create exciting new multi-screen, 3D, games and online video user experiences in the home.

The collaboration agreement with Intel has allowed Technicolor to test early prototype silicon, provide technical recommendations to Intel, and prove new STB designs. Technicolor has developed an early 3D Multiview Coding (MVC) and video transcoding demonstration of the chipset capabilities to illustrate its potential in delivering the next generation TV experience.

The first devices from Technicolor are expected to be in production early in 2011.

“Through this deep collaboration with Intel, we will be able to deliver the next generation set-top box design. We see the CE4200, and its successors built on Intel architecture, to be a key ingredient to our next wave of success, with millions of households benefiting from our advanced, smart design and strong focus on rich user interfaces” said Vince Pizzica, Head of Digital Delivery at Technicolor. He added: “By bringing together the unrivalled experience of Technicolor in digital content services, set-top boxes, and gateways with Intel’s processor design team, the result will be a media services platform for the home that will be truly user centric, bringing an incomparable experience for the enjoyment of premium content”.

“Smart TV is transforming the TV experience, bringing Internet services and applications to the viewer,” said Brad Daniels, General Manager and Vice- President, Intel Digital Home Group. “Technicolor shares our vision, and provided its video expertise to help Intel optimize the new Intel Atom CE4200 processor. Taking advantage of the Intel Atom CE4200, Technicolor is poised to deliver a broad array of entertainment options to service providers and their subscribers.”