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Monday, September 13, 2004 11:37AM IST (6:07AM GMT)
 
( BW)(PACE-MICROTECHNOLOGY)(PIC)
Pace to Launch European HDTV Set-Top Box Platform; Pace Unveils Euro1080 HD Box at IBC 2004
Amsterdam, Netherlands

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 10, 2004--Pace Micro Technology (LSE:PIC) today unveiled its first European high definition (HD) set-top box platform at IBC 2004. Drawing on the Company's experience of HD deployments in the US, Pace has developed its DX840 range of satellite and cable set-top boxes that can decode both standard (SD) and high definition signals.

The first product in Pace's HD range, the DS840 is designed to deliver Euro1080(TM) 'HD1(TM)' digital satellite service and will be in retail distribution by the end of 2004. Featuring an embedded Irdeto conditional access (CA) system to provide access to Euro1080(TM), the DS840 also includes a DVB common interface slot to enable connectivity to other CA systems. As a result, Pace's DS840 can be utilised by any European broadcaster looking to transmit additional HD or SD services.

All products in the DX840 range will enable European broadcasters to capitalise on HD by providing high-resolution content, stunning graphics and scaled video in true widescreen. As a result, broadcasters can differentiate their service offerings from competing platforms, generate revenues from premium HD channels and respond directly to viewer demands for better quality picture and sound.

The Pace DS840 is a fully featured set-top box platform. It includes a range of output devices to meet the high standards demanded by home theatre systems including HDMI for connection to high-specification displays and projectors and SPDIF for connecting surround sound audio systems or Hi-Fi amplifiers. An MPEG-2 decoder, the DX840 platform runs on a 300MHz, 420MIPs RISC processor and supports HD video at HP@HL.

Pace is one of the high definition pioneers in the USA, the world's leading HD market. Pace's first generation US HD box was the most advanced cable set-top in its class and set the standard for HD set-tops across the US. Leading cable operators Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Bright House Networks have successfully deployed Pace's HD cable box in volume across the USA for the past year.

"We're delighted to bring our unrivalled US HD experience to our home market, enabling European broadcasters to fully capitalise on lucrative HD opportunities," commented Neil Gaydon, Pace's Worldwide Sales & Marketing Director.

"HD is happening now in Europe and broadcasters cannot afford to ignore it," Neil Gaydon added. "The key components for a successful European HD service have come together. Euro1080(TM)'s launch means real compelling HD content and services are now available. The price of high-end large screen displays is continuing to fall. And as demonstrated today, Pace's cutting-edge HD set-top box technology will be ready before the end of the year, enabling European cable or satellite operators to deliver these compelling, revenue-rich HD direct to their customers."

Pace will launch its DS840 digital satellite box into the European retail market in December 2004.

Notes to Editors

Additional Information on Pace's DS840:

-- Easy navigation, multi-lingual electronic programme guide (EPG)

-- Teletext

-- Timer for programming recordings on VCR or DVD recorder

-- RF Input - IF input to connect to satellite dish

-- TV/VCR SCARTS - provides either composite or RGB video output to TV, VCR SCART for connection to a video recorder

-- Component Video Output - component video connection for HDTV display unit, especially aimed at TV sets with only one set of component video inputs where higher quality HDMI connection may not be available

-- Terrestrial Antenna Loop-through - adds a modulated UHF/VHF video output to existing terrestrial antenna feed

-- USB 1.1 - for software upgrade and data transfer connectivity to external devices such as memory card readers

About Pace

Pace (LSE:PIC) is a leader in digital television technology. The Company's primary focus is the development of innovative set-top box solutions for operators, broadcasters, telecommunications companies and retail markets worldwide.

For further information please visit www.pacemicro.com.

 
 
 
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