15 July 2002

META™ Processor Core Enables Successor to Award Winning DAB Digital Radio Tuner

Metagence - a division of Imagination Technologies (";Imagination";; LSE:IMG) - today announced that its META super-threaded IP processor core is being used in the PURE DRX-701ES DAB digital radio tuner from PURE Digital (formerly VideoLogic Systems.)

The PURE DRX-701ES features the latest highly integrated, third-generation DAB chip, Frontier Silicon's Chorus™ FS1010. The Chorus processor is a single-chip DAB/Audio processor, based on the META™ processor design and Ensigma DAB IP licensed from Imagination Technologies, and enables PURE Digital to create a high-performance, cost-effective DAB tuner that also massively increases on the features available in previous generation DAB products. The incorporation of this technology also allows the price to be cut by £100 from £349 to £249.

Says Kevin Dale, president, PURE Digital: ";Our DRX family are the UK's best selling and highest award winning DAB products. Using the META third-generation DAB processing technology enables us to include a wider range of outstanding features and performance, like favourite station learning and signal strength diagnostics, while also bringing down the price of hi-fi DAB tuners by nearly a third compared to our previous generation product.";

The Frontier Chorus FS1010 utilises the revolutionary META multi-threaded DSP core to provide multiple real-time programming contexts (threads) that can operate independently and concurrently. The critical advantage of the META architecture is that it makes it possible to run several real-time tasks on a single processor, rather than resorting to inefficient multi-DSP solutions. META can implement all DAB broadcast demodulation, audio processing and user interface functions on one device. The PURE DRX-701ES also uses DAB IP technologies developed by Imagination Technologies' Ensigma division. META processor core IP is available for licensing from Metagence and can address the demands of a broad range of modern consumer entertainment and communications applications including Mobile Audio/Multimedia, Home Audio/Music, Home Video/Multimedia, Home Gateway, Mobile Communications and In-car Audio/Multimedia.

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