Amedia Networks Selects Fujitsu MPEG Encoder, Decoder Technology

Fujitsu Microelectronics America (FMA), a leader in MPEG-based entertainment technology, announced that Amedia Networks, Inc., a provider of next-generation residential media gateways, is using the Fujitsu MPEG encoder and decoder technology in its new wireless audio-video transmitter and receiver systems. The new systems will be demonstrated at the 2007 International CES January 8- 11 in Las Vegas, Fujitsu booth number 70809. Fujitsu and Amedia also plan to complete a High Definition (HD) solution by using the new H.264 (High Profile, level 4.0) CODEC device. The Amedia design will also be demonstrated in the Fujitsu booth.

Amedia Networks is developing gateways with built-in broadband wireless multimedia distribution technology, designed to wirelessly transmit bandwidth- intensive HD video over long distances to a variety of entertainment and media devices throughout the home. Amedia transmitter and receiver devices work alongside the Fujitsu MPEG encoding and decoding ICs to deliver superior quality and reliability. The Fujitsu MPEG encoder is positioned adjacent to Amedia’s WVA5002 chip in the wireless transmitter, while the Fujitsu MPEG decoder resides alongside the WVA5002 device in the receiver. A DVD with Amedia’s transmitter is connected wirelessly to a television monitor with the Amedia receiver. As an option, a NTSC/PAL switch on the transmitter board can be used to configure both the transmitter and receiver for either NTSC or PAL transmission.

“Carriers and vendors are looking to address increased subscriber interest in triple-play services, as the traditional gateway evolves into a complete broadband entertainment center for the networked home,” said Bo Hu, CEO of Amedia. “Our wireless audio-video technology moves this process forward. Working with Fujitsu Microelectronics to leverage their global expertise and experience in MPEG technology and in encoder/decoder technology is a vital component in our efforts.”

“We are pleased to be working with Amedia on this transformative implementation of wireless audio and video transmission and reception,” said Davy Yoshida, director of business development at FMA. “At Fujitsu we have developed industry-leading expertise in MPEG-based encoding and decoding technology, while Amedia’s technology represents the next major step forward in wireless broadband connectivity. Clearly, this represents an ideal partnering of technology and expertise.”

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