VIA Powers New Maxbox™ IP Set Top Box from SPL Innotech

VIA processor-based Maxbox showcased at VIA Technology Forum 2006 delivers full range of advanced multimedia services and applications over IP networks

Taipei, Taiwan, 9 June 2006 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today showcased the innovative new Maxbox™ IP Set Top Box developed by Singapore-based SPL Innotech Pte. Ltd. at VTF2006.

The Maxbox combines highly power-efficient VIA processor platforms with SPL’s end-to-end IPTV system, and has been specifically designed to enable broadband operators, telcos, and IP service providers to deliver a complete range of value added IP services, such as Video on Demand (VOD), live satellite TV over the public internet, VoIP telephony and videoconferencing to subscribers, yet requiring bandwidth of only 600 kbps.

“With the rapid proliferation of broadband networks throughout the world, the demand for advanced full-featured set top boxes that can deliver high definition entertainment and communications applications to consumers over IP networks is growing at a tremendous rate,” commented Richard Brown, Vice President of Corporate Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “We are delighted that SPL has selected our processor platforms for these leading edge devices that meet the needs of this fast growing market.”

“With their power efficiency and highly integrated feature set, VIA processor platforms perfectly complement our patented technologies for the delivery of IP multimedia applications and services,” said Nandan Kundetkar, Director, SPL Innotech Pte. Ltd. “With the innovative new Maxbox, we can provide our customers with advanced and cost effective solutions for delivering a richer IP-based multimedia experience to their subscribers.”

SPL: IPTV Innovator

SPL has been gaining momentum in the IPTV space, being the only provider of complete IPTV solutions. Its comprehensive line-up of patented head-end server architecture, comprising encoders, MPEG-4 IP streaming servers, Digital Rights Management and Management servers, and IP set top boxes (Maxbox™), has been designed entirely in-house using no external services other than content, thereby eliminating accountability issues and enabling clients to deploy IPTV services in the shortest possible time.

SPL actively engages in the development and implementation of its own main profile codec for H.264 main profile compression technology, optimizing the codec to a level where, at 600 Kbps, its solutions can deliver movies and on-demand satellite TV channels over IP networks. While making a mark in the IPTV realm, SPL Innotech is also gaining traction in High Definition TV (HDTV) market with its ability to compress high resolution HDTV 720i specs at less than 1.7 Mbps and HD 1080i at about 5-6 Mbps.

SPL also provides an advanced hospitality management system which integrates VoD service with facilities management, room service, check out system and other hotel services controlled via IP set top box. In this case, the hotel also would not require a separate cable for CATV channel distribution or multi-switching DVB-S/DVB-T system and all the TV channels could be delivered through the common LAN on IP.

About the VIA Technology Forum

The annual VIA Technology Forum has firmly established itself as one of the most prominent technology events on the industry’s global calendar. Taking place in Taipei, Taiwan this week, VTF2006 introduces a high profile agenda of keynote and specialist track speakers and is supported by key industry players including AMD, Microsoft, Fujitsu and HP. With a theme of “Embracing Digital Intelligence”, VTF2006 has a compelling agenda of senior industry figures sharing their visions and strategies in defining key market and technology trends.

About SPL Innotech Pte. Ltd.

SPL Innotech Pte. Ltd. is a multimedia technology company providing end-to-end digital media delivery and management systems for IP Networks. SPL’s patented solutions enable Multi-Service Operators such as telecommunication companies and broadband service providers, to deliver compelling new digital media services that include Video-On-Demand (VOD), Music-On-Demand (MOD), live data (such as stock quotes/financial data, news) video conferencing, digital cinema, Electronic Programming Guides, online gaming and communication, to their customers thereby helping them to generate new revenue streams and achieving their goals.  SPL was established in 2001 and is headquartered in Singapore.

About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc. (TSE 2388) is the foremost fabless supplier of market-leading core logic chipsets, low power x86 processors, advanced connectivity, multimedia, networking and storage silicon, and complete platform solutions that are driving system innovation in the PC and embedded markets. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA’s global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world’s top OEMs, motherboard vendors and system integrators.

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