Auvitek's AU8522 Demodulator IC Drives Hauppauge's HVR-950q PC-TV Solution

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Auvitek International Ltd. (Auvitek), a leading supplier of high-performance channel decoder and receiver solutions, today announced that Hauppauge (NASDAQ: HAUP) has selected Auvitek’s AU8522 ATSC/QAM/NTSC demodulator for use in its WinTV HVR-950q PC-TV USB stick.

Auvitek will be exhibiting at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 8-10, 2008, in Booth #HE2165. Demos of the company’s products will be presented at the Hilton Hotel, East Tower, Suite #2165.

The WinTV HVR-950q is designed around Auvitek’s market leading AU8522 ATSC/QAM channel-decoding IC and enables both viewing and recording of live ATSC High definition Digital TV programs in addition to analog and cable TV programs on a laptop or PC through an USB port without the need to open a computer. The HVR-950q is easy to install and includes a remote control and the Hauppauge WinTV application software as well as support for the Media Center application which Microsoft includes in the Premium and Ultimate editions of Microsoft Windows Vista. The WinTV application software is compatible with Microsoft Windows Vista, and Microsoft Windows XP. In addition, the HVR 950 also includes a TV scheduler, and support for the Titian TV Electronic Program Guide.

“By switching to the Auvitek solution, we were able to upgrade the features and performance of our WinTV HVR-9xx series products,” noted John Casey, Vice President of Technology at Hauppauge. “We added support for QAM and stereo audio while at the same time achieving greater integration, and lower cost in a very small form factor. We are committed to continuing our leadership in performance and innovation for the PC video market.”

“Auvitek’s patented and proprietary FADE(TM) architecture is enabling new solutions in the digital TV market,” said Auvitek President and CEO Pete Birch. “We are uniquely able to provide our customers consistent, high-quality signal reception in a small form factor low-power solution. It’s ironic that Hauppauge’s new USB stick solution receives more ATSC channels, faster and with more consistency, than most of the receivers incorporated in the HD television sets on the market today.”

The Auvitek AU85xx family of ATSC demodulator solutions is shipping today in a wide range of end products for both the consumer electronic and personal computer markets, including IP-STBs, digital TVs, PCI cards, and USB PC-TV dongles.