Silicon Image Expands HDMI and PanelLink Cinema Testing Operations to China
SHENZHEN, China, Nov 21, 2005 -- Silicon Image, Inc. (SIMG), a leader in the secure distribution, presentation and storage of high-definition content, today announced the expansion of the company's HDMI and PanelLink Cinema testing capabilities to China. Opening in Shenzhen, the HDMI Authorized Testing Center and the PanelLink Cinema Testing Center will greatly simplify and accelerate the process of bringing HDMI products to market for Chinese consumer electronics manufacturers.
Spurred by tremendous demand from China, Silicon Image established this joint testing center to provide Chinese manufacturers with easy access to a testing facility. There are currently 32 Chinese HDMI Adopters, up from 10 at the start of 2005. The rollout of HDMI continues to accelerate globally, with projections showing that more than 16 million devices featuring HDMI will be sold in 2005. This rapid adoption of HDMI has spurred the need for expanded testing capabilities provided by the HDMI Authorized Testing Center in Shenzhen, which will join existing HDMI Authorized Testing Centers in Sunnyvale, California, Osaka, Japan, and Caen, France.
Since the HDMI specification was first published in December 2002, HDMI has quickly become a de facto standard for connecting consumer electronics devices. By delivering crystal-clear all-digital video and audio quality via a single cable, HDMI helps provide consumers with the ultimate home theater experience.
PLC Partners is chartered with ensuring the highest levels of compatibility among the new generation of digital devices and content. Consumers want to know that their home entertainment devices -- regardless of brand -- are compatible with each other and are ready to receive and play premium digital content. The PLC Partners Program ensures this compatibility through rigorous testing of content protection technology and interoperability among devices.
The PLC Partners Program is open to manufacturers of home entertainment devices, including HDTVs, DTVs, Set-Top Boxes (STBs), DVD players, A/V Receivers, semiconductors and cables. Members include CE manufacturers TTE, Hitachi, LG Electronics, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sanyo Electric Co. LTD and Sony. The program also has broad industry support from content providers The Walt Disney Co., Fox, Universal and Warner Bros.
"The opening of this facility really speaks to HDMI's global reach," said Brett Gaines, senior director of Corporate Development at Silicon Image and president of PanelLink Cinema, LLC, administrator of the PLC Partners Program. "It is clear that HDMI is quickly becoming a critical technology for Chinese electronics manufacturers, for both their export and domestic home entertainment products. We are very excited to see the expansion of both the HDMI Authorized Testing Center and PLC Testing Center operations into the Chinese market."
Manufacturers interested in licensing HDMI should visit http://www.hdmi.org or http://cn.hdmi.org. Product testing submissions are being accepted now for the Shenzhen ATC. Manufacturers interested in joining the PLC Partners Program and submitting products for testing at the PLC Testing Center should visit http://www.panellinkcinema.com.
About PanelLink Cinema, LLC
PanelLink Cinema, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Silicon Image, Inc. based in Sunnyvale, Calif., is administrator of the PanelLink Cinema Partners Program. The PanelLink(R) Cinema (PLC) Partners Program is comprised of leading consumer electronics (CE) manufacturers and technology providers focused on delivering "Content Ready" products to their customers. Through this cooperative effort, consumers making home theater purchases can be confident that products bearing the PanelLink Cinema Partners Content Ready logo are interoperable and ready to receive and play premium digital content, regardless of manufacturer.
About Silicon Image, Inc.
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Silicon Image, Inc. is a leader in the secure distribution, presentation and storage of high-definition content. Silicon Image creates and drives industry standards for digital content delivery such as DVI, HDMI and SATA, leveraging strategic partnerships with global leaders in consumer electronics and personal computing. Silicon Image offers robust, high-bandwidth semiconductors in the global PC/display, consumer electronics and storage arenas based on its innovative digital interconnect technology and has become one of the top ten IP licensing vendors in the world. For more information on Silicon Image, visit http://www.siliconimage.com.
This news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of federal securities regulations. These forward-looking statements include statements related to the benefits of Silicon Image products, development plans regarding Silicon Image products, timing of new product introductions and pricing of new products, and market acceptance and evolution of the HDMI standard. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including those described from time to time in Silicon Image's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. In particular, the benefits of Silicon Image products, development plans regarding Silicon Image products, timing of new product introductions and pricing of new products, and market acceptance and evolution of the HDMI standard, may differ materially from what is currently anticipated. In addition, see "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations-Factors Affecting Future Results" in the most recent Annual Report, Form 10-K or 10-Q filed by Silicon
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