Loewe Selects Trident's DTV Chipset Solutions to Power New High-End "Individual" Line of 3D HD Televisions

The New Individual Compose 3D Line of TVs Takes Advantage of Trident's Best in Class Motion Estimation and Motion Compensation Technologies and Flexible Design

Sep 13, 2011, 08:00 ET from Trident Microsystems, Inc.

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Trident Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRID), a leading provider of set-top box and TV semiconductor solutions, today announced that the Trident PNX5130 has been chosen to power Loewe's newly announced Individual Compose 3D line of HD televisions.  Loewe's Individual Compose 3D offers full-HD, 400Hz, 3D motion picture display, individual configuration for various living arrangements, energy efficiency, and new on-screen menu and multimedia features.

"Trident's PNX5130 DTV solution delivers superior picture quality, including the most advanced motion-compensated 3D," said Roland Bohl, Vice President of R&D at Loewe. "Our customers expect the best Picture Quality possible from a Loewe TV set.  Bringing this entitlement also to the new 3D generation with no compromises on motion sharpness and naturalness of the 3D picture was therefore a logical step and focus of our development efforts."

"The new Individual Compose 3D series benefits from the advantages of existing key features of Trident's PNX51xx series, such as our unique dimming algorithm for low power, halo-artifact reduction, and  contrast enhancements, and takes the viewer experience to the next level by adding 3D support," said Dirk Wieberneit, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Trident TV Business Unit.  "By working closely with the Loewe team, for example to further improve the dimming algorithm performance, we were able to adapt our core technology to meet their particular needs and help them bring to market a very high-end and feature-rich LED backlit television."

About the PNX5130 Chipset

Based on the successful PNX5100 architecture, which is widely recognized for its outstanding motion-compensated frame rate converter (MEMC) performance, the PNX5130 includes next-generation Motion Accurate Picture processing (MAPP) technology in combination with 2D (local) dimming and 3DTV.  The flexible architecture supports all popular 3DTV conversion formats for line and frame interleaved displays, including shutter glass control output.  The PNX5130's powerful media processors can be used to adjust the depth of stereoscopic content or to execute the 3DTV algorithms of your choice. The PNX5130 supports 2D or local dimming with LED backlights, for PDP-like contrast levels and power savings of up to 50% or more.  Trident's local dimming algorithm is fully configurable for any type of edge- or direct-lit backlight architecture, and the video output gain is locally compensated for the backlight segment settings.

About Trident Microsystems, Inc.

Trident Microsystems, Inc., with headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, is a leading force in the digital home entertainment market, delivering an extensive range of platform solutions that enhance the consumer experience in the Connected Home and select Consumer Electronics (CE) products.  As one of the top-three semiconductor providers to both the TV and set-top box markets, Trident's solutions can be found in the products of leading OEMs and channel partners worldwide.  The company's extensive IP portfolio has been driving key innovations in image quality, 3D TV, audio, low power, and 45nm designs. For further information about Trident and its products, please consult the Company's web site: www.tridentmicro.com.

About Loewe

Outstanding design, innovative technology and superior quality are features of all products sold under the Loewe premium brand.  Technological highlights include: home entertainment systems with high-resolution picture quality, an integrated hard disk recorder and a digital TV receiver.  Loewe, founded in 1923 in Berlin, manufactures and distributes televisions, Blu-ray players, DVD recorders, audio components and multi-room solutions.  The publicly listed company has around 1,000 employees and, on an international level, is represented in 50 countries.

Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is subject to the safe harbor created by those sections. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and there are important factors that could cause Trident's actual results to differ materially from those in the forward looking statements. These risks include the ability of our product to meet customer requirements, the possibility that competitors may offer similar products at more competitive terms, and uncertainty as to the demand for our customers' products, which would impact our revenue.  The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date of this press release; Trident does not undertake any obligation to publicly revise or update any such forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the statement was made. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning factors that could cause results to differ can be found in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's most recently filed Reports on Form 8-K, Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, which are available at http://www.sec.gov.

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