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SkyTune Announces First Sub-$100 DTV Receiver Reference Design.

FREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 11, 1999--

PC Reference Design Developed with Oren Semiconductor will Support

Broadband Internet Datacasting and HDTV Software Decoding

SkyTune today announced the first sub-$100 reference design for PC-based digital television (DTV) receivers.

The design will enable today's consumer personal computers to receive broadband Internet data from DTV broadcasts and will empower the next generation of consumer PCs to receive High Definition TV broadcasts. In addition to enabling a mass market for DTV receiver cards, the SKYDTV99 will be also be used in DTV trials and for ATSC and ATVEF compliant application development.

SkyTune's PCI reference design, called the SKYDTV99, is based on its SKY951VP chip announced earlier this year and the OR51210 VSB Demodulator from Oren Semiconductor.

The SKYDTV99 will support third-party software applications to display High Definition TV. At Comdex, SkyTune will demonstrate full frame rate decoding of broadcast digital television signals using the SKYDTV99 DTV receiver card installed in an Intel Pentium III 600Mhz PC.

"SkyTune intends to be the leader in DTV reception on PCs and make broadband Internet datacasting possible," said Mike Noonen, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for SkyTune. "By working with Oren Semiconductor, SkyTune is the first to introduce a low-cost design that compliments the capabilities of ever-evolving personal computers."

"SkyTune's PC reference design will expand the market for DTV reception beyond the TV and create new services that will benefit both the consumer and broadcaster," said Richard Miller, President of Oren Semiconductor.

Evaluation samples of the SKYDTV99 reference design and demonstration software are available from SkyTune. Software applications and drivers for ATSC datacasting will be available by the end of this year. SkyTune's ATSC datacasting applications and drivers will support the entire SkyTune family of DTV solutions including the recently announced SKY5201 in development.

About the SKY951VP

The SKY951VP is a next generation PCI video decoder designed for digital television and datacasting applications. The SKY951VP is designed for Windows 98 and complies with PC99 recommendations. These include implementation of On-Now power management, linked page table (Scatter and Gather) DMA and byte-aligned DMA.

About the Oren OR51210

The Oren OR51210 is a single-chip front-end solution for terrestrial ATSC reception that incorporates both VSB signal demodulation and forward error correction (FEC). The device uses a unique DSP approach for demodulation and channel equalization, which delivers both high performance and low power consumption. Internal micro-code controls all required functions including signal acquisition, timing recovery and equalizer training.

About SkyTune

SkyTune is a leading manufacturer of digital television and datacasting semiconductors and software for Personal Computers and Communications appliances. Formerly known as Auravision, the company draws upon its expertise in video decoding, PC architecture, and integrated circuit design to provide mass market, worldwide solutions.

The company is headquartered at 47865 Fremont Boulevard, Fremont, Calif. 94538. For more information, call 800-681-3707. Obtain more product information and news at www.SkyTune.com.

About Oren Semiconductor

Oren Semiconductor Inc. is a privately held company in Silicon Valley. The company is in the business of developing and marketing integrated circuits that improve broadband communication and enhance image systems. The company's devices are currently used in consumer receiver systems such as televisions, VCRs, and set-top boxes. Additional company information is available at www.oren.com.

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