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Inlet's Fathom Professional Encoder Standardizes on HP xw9300 Workstation Powered by the AMD Opteron(TM) Processor.

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Combined Solution is Optimized for Creation and Distribution of Next-Generation Media Including High-Definition, Video-on-Demand, and Digital Signage

Inlet Technologies, a provider of professional encoding solutions for next-generation content creation and distribution, today announced that it has standardized on the HP xw9300 Workstation, powered by the AMD Opteron(TM) processor. Inlet's Fathom(TM) professional VC-1 encoder was the first real-time encoding solution for Windows Media Video HD content. It combines a hardware encoding engine with workflow and analysis software to make next-generation distribution methods like HD-DVD, Blu-ray, video-on-demand, digital signage and dailies a reality today.

Inlet will demonstrate Fathom in exhibit # 2.301 (Hall 2, Stand 301) at IBC 2005, Europe's leading event for content creation, management and delivery. The show runs Friday, September 9th through Tuesday, September 13th.

The creation and distribution of next-generation media requires a combination of high-performance computing environments, professional software solutions and the support of vendors who understand the complexities involved. Supporting dual PCI Express x16 graphics and 2P Single- and Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors, the HP xw9300 Workstation is optimized for next-generation media, delivering computational and visualization power and I/O performance while contributing to lower total cost of ownership. The AMD Opteron processor with Direct Connect Architecture provides the highest performance per watt in the industry among x86 platforms in the world of 64-bit and legacy 32-bit computing, and the xw9300 Workstation can be configured with one or two of these processors in either single- or dual-core versions. The HP and AMD solution provides a reliable, high quality, easy-to-manage workstation ideal for professional encoders who have extremely complex analyses and/or advanced visualization requirements.

"Inlet's customers include professional encoders at Hollywood studios, post-production facilities and broadcast companies who face tight deadlines, bandwidth limitations and a number of other challenges on a daily basis. The last thing they need to worry about is whether or not their workstation can support the creation, review and distribution of their media," explained John Bishop, Inlet's senior vice president of business development and strategy. "Fathom, combined with the HP workstation and AMD processors, gives our customers the reliable platform and competitive advantage they need to overcome the challenges they face."

"The HP xw9300 Workstation is designed for markets that demand high-end workstation visualization and graphics performance. By offering Inlet's Fathom Professional Encoder in our HP xw9300 Workstations, HP is providing customers with high-performance advanced compression to the post-production market," said Jim Zafarana, vice president of worldwide marketing, Workstation Business Unit, HP. "Working with leading technology companies, such as Inlet, we can deliver solutions that offer digital media professionals the most advanced graphics solutions available."

"Working in today's environment of developing solutions for next-generation media creation and distribution is like walking a tight wire between budgets and deadlines," said Charlie Boswell, director of Digital Media and Entertainment for AMD. "With the stakes as high as they are, standardizing on AMD Opteron processors and the HP xw9300 Workstation allows Inlet customers the ability to perform with the technology in real-time instead of working around it."

About Inlet Technologies

Inlet Technologies provides real-time encoding solutions for video engineers and post production professionals working in the Windows Media SMPTE VC-1 format. With advanced encoding products such as Fathom and Semaphore, Inlet's break-through technology reduces file sizes, speeds processing time and improves output quality.

Inlet elevates the science of encoding to the artistic level required for next-generation applications like HD DVD, Blu-Ray, video-on-demand, digital signage, digital dailies, and more. Inlet's flagship product, Fathom, was recently selected as one of millimeter magazine's NAB 2005 Pick Hits. Fathom integrates a hardware engine with analysis tools to deliver speed, quality and control, optimizing production results while accommodating real-world deadlines.

Inlet is based in Raleigh, NC. For more information, visit www.inlethd.com.
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