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Planetweb Integrates Award Winning Photo Software Into Silicon Optix Realta Video Platform

Realta Application Enables Differentiation for Consumer Electronics Manufacturers

San Jose and Redwood Shores, CA. — (Sept 12, 2005) — Planetweb’s Digital Photo Manager, an integral application on the SpectraWorks software platform, is available on Silicon Optix’s Realta HQV’ fully programmable video processing engine.

SpectraWorks application software includes digital photo management, digital audio management and personal video recording. With Digital Photo Manager, consumers can preview thumbnails, view high resolution full-screen photos (including the ability to zoom, pan and rotate photos), and enjoy personalized slide shows of their JPEG format digital photos from memory cards, digital cameras or other USB storage devices.

“Planetweb is the first third party software company to take advantage of the power of Realta’s programmable platform,” said Dennis Crespo, VP of Marketing, Silicon Optix. “SpectraWorks is a proven software platform with applications that enable consumer electronics manufacturers to rapidly differentiate their products from their competitors.”

“We’re excited to combine the impressive image processing capabilities of Silicon Optix’s Realta HQV video processor with the award-winning Digital Photo Manager,” said Ken Soohoo, President and CEO of Planetweb.

The Digital Photo Manager was on display during CEDIA Expo 2005 at the Silicon Optix 13,000 sq. ft. HQV exhibition in the Grand Hall at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Union Station. Silicon Optix will include a demonstration version of the Digital Photo Manager and Planetweb’s SpectraBuilder user interface development tool in Realta-based reference designs beginning October 2005.

SpectraWorks Enriches User Experience and Improves OEMs Time to Market.
Digital Photo Manager is built with the SpectraWorks platform for Consumer Electronics applications, which gives Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) an unprecedented ability to rapidly develop and customize both applications and Graphical User Interfaces for any consumer electronics device. With the SpectraBuilder User Interface development tool and SpectraCore software engine, an OEM can develop a unique platform independent user experience with strong branding in a fraction of the time it would take using conventional methods while ensuring a consistent look and feel across multiple devices or product lines. More than one million units of Digital Photo Manager have shipped to date through industry leading OEM brands.

About Silicon Optix
Silicon Optix Inc, a privately held fabless semiconductor company, is the leading supplier of advanced video/image digital processing integrated circuits (ICs). The company’s products are driving three unique technologies into a broad range of markets: a patented, powerful, array-based programmable DSP for digital video, industry-leading software algorithms from Teranex and proprietary eWARP geometry processing. Its mission is to leverage these innovative technologies into ICs that will enable the next generation of digital video/image capture, transmission, distribution, editing, storage and display solutions, with an initial focus on large area digital displays including front and rear projection. Silicon Optix is headquartered in San Jose, California, with operations in Hanover, Germany; Orlando, Florida; Taipei, Taiwan; Shanghai, China; and Toronto, Canada.

About Planetweb
Planetweb is a leading provider of embedded software and developer tools for the consumer electronics industry. Planetweb’s SpectraWorks platform — SpectraCore, SpectraBuilder and SpectraApps – enables OEMs and silicon vendors to rapidly develop and customize graphical applications and services for consumer electronics products. These applications and services bring popular features and functionality to digital entertainment devices, including DVD recorders, DVD players, digital televisions, set-top boxes and mobile devices. Software from Planetweb has shipped in more than 6 million units of product from top manufacturers worldwide. Planetweb, a privately held company, is headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, and has offices in Tokyo, Japan. For more information, visit


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