Philips Selects Trident's DTV Chipset Solutions to Power Its EISA "Best 3DTV" Award Winner

Trident's TV550 SOC and FRC-V Picture Quality Engine Will Drive Philips' 3D Max-Equipped Smart LED TVs and Cinema 21:9 Platinum TVs

Sep 12, 2011, 16:00 ET from Trident Microsystems, Inc.

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Trident Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRID), a leading provider of set-top box and TV semiconductor solutions, today announced that the Trident TV550 System-on-Chip (SoC) and FRC-V 240Hz Picture Quality Engine have been chosen to power Philips' complete range of Smart LED and 3D TV solutions featuring Philips' 3D Max technology.  3D Max remains the pinnacle of Philips' home 3D technology and is included in all of Philips' top-end performance products powered by Trident DTV chipset solutions, including the 9000 series Smart LED TVs, 8000 series Smart LED TVs, and Cinema 21:9 Platinum series.

"We have continued to integrate Trident's DTV solutions into our products because they deliver the best picture quality, including superior Motion Estimation and Motion Compensation performance in 3D, and a scalable design that can be uniquely tailored for our mid- and high-end premium models," said Chris Sluys, chief operating officer, Business Group TV at Philips.  "No other TV chipset manufacturer has the breadth of systems-level expertise that Trident offers and this has enabled us to deliver a new class of smart- and 3D-capable TVs."

"We are honored to be a part of Philips' EISA award-winning platform," said Dr. Bami Bastani, president and CEO of Trident.  "The new Philips 3D Max series TVs benefit from key features in Trident's TV550 and FRC-V products, such as our passive and active 3D support with superior MEMC technology, 2D dimming for best-in-class black levels, and sharpness and contrast enhancements.  We were able to adapt our core technology to meet Philips' particular needs and help Philips bring to market a complete range of smart- and 3D TV-enabled devices."

About Philips 3D Max, 8000 and 9000 Series Products

With its gorgeous, full HD resolution, 180-degree viewing angle and minimal crosstalk, 3D Max is Philips' most advanced 3D technology.  Available in the Philips 8000 and 9000 series Smart LED TVs and Cinema 21:9 Platinum series, 3D Max builds on the first 3D introduction by Philips last year and delivers 3D TVs which are fully equipped and ready to display premium 3D movie releases in high-definition 3D.

About the TV550 and FRC-V chipsets

TV550 is a global DTV platform that makes key features such as H.264 decoding, HD ME/MC, CI+ security, and IPTV capabilities available for mainstream TVs.  FRC-V is the latest member of Trident's extensive family of Frame-Rate Converter (FRC) products.  This device offers best-in-class ME/MC functionality up to rates of 240 frames per second, 2D dimming for superb black levels, and support for 3D TV, all in a single package.

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:

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 possibility that Trident's products may not perform as expected relative to customer requirements, that other companies may offer products with similar features to Trident's TV550 and FRC-V products on more competitive terms and the uncertain demand by end user customers for 3D TV products generally.  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

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