AUDIO COMPRESSION TECHNOLOGY FROM NEURAL AUDIO, VOICEAGE DEMONSTRATED FOR MPH" IN-BAND MOBILE DIGITAL TV SYSTEM
Technology Highlighted at 2008 CES Delivers High-Quality Audio
Technology Highlighted at 2008 CES Delivers High-Quality Audio
at Very Low Bit Rates, Complementing LG Electronics-Harris Broadcast System
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2008 - Advanced audio compression technology developed by Neural Audio Corporation and VoiceAge Corporation, two key supporters of the MPH" in-band mobile digital television (DTV) system, is being demonstrated this week at the 2008 International CES�.
MPH (Mobile-Pedestrian-Handheld) mobile DTV - developed by Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), LG Electronics Inc and LG's U.S. R&D subsidiary Zenith - is designed to deliver robust, over-the-air DTV signals to mobile, pedestrian and handheld devices.
The "Neural-AMR-WB+" technology, a proposed MPH audio solution, was jointly developed by Neural Audio of Kirkland, Wash., and VoiceAge of Montreal, Canada. Joint demonstrations with the MPH team during CES show the excellent quality audio at low and very-low bit rates (24 kbps and below), important for successful deployment of terrestrial digital TV broadcast systems to mobile and portable devices.
Voice Age and Neural Audio also are demonstrating a back-seat in-car application of the Neural-THX� Surround technology as a multi-channel extension to broadcast surround content to mobile devices.
The proposed Neural Audio-VoiceAge audio system is optimized for mobile and handheld applications to consistently deliver high-quality monaural or stereo sound across audio content types, including voice only, music only, voice over music, and audio in noisy environments. Featuring scalability in bit rate and bandwidth, this audio compression technology offers a high level of robustness against transmission impairments.
"Our industry-leading audio technology complements the leading mobile DTV broadcast system for a comprehensive, cost-effective solution that benefits both broadcasters and consumers," said Geir R. Skaaden, Neural Audio CEO, who pledged his company's support for the MPH in-band mobile DTV system.
Echoing his colleague's comments, VoiceAge President Laurent Amar said, "Together with Harris, LG and Zenith, we are looking forward to working with broadcasters to build the exciting new mobile digital TV business in the United States."
Harris Broadcast Communications President Tim Thorsteinson said VoiceAge and Neural Audio (which works with Harris Corporation on other digital TV and radio broadcast audio applications) further enhance the capabilities of MPH mobile DTV. "The proposed audio technology is based on standardized technology used worldwide in over 2 billion cellular telephones and 500 million PCs," he said.
"A perfect complement to the bit-efficient, robust MPH mobile system, the audio technology's low-complexity decoder means that it can be added to entry-level mass market multimedia devices and also prolongs per-battery-charge operating time," said Dr. Woo Paik, President and Chief Technology Officer, LG Electronics.
The MPH mobile DTV system leverages Harris Corporation's expertise in broadcast systems - including transmitters, exciters, encoders and software - and the systems development, integrated circuit design and vast consumer electronics experience of LG Electronics and Zenith.
ABOUT VOICEAGE CORPORATION
VoiceAge� is a leading developer of digital speech and audio compression solutions for devices that operate over wired and wireless networks, including internet, cellular, Wi-Fi, WiMAX and convergence applications as well as consumer electronics equipment and toys. Our business activities focus on: speech and audio compression technology R&D, standardization, codec and audio processing software implementations and IPR licensing. Using designs based on our widely deployed flagship ACELP� technology platform, VoiceAge speech and audio codec solutions deliver unsurpassed quality experienced daily by well over two billion users worldwide. Visit us at www.voiceage.com.
ABOUT NEURAL AUDIO
Neural Audio, through its Neural Surround" THX� Technologies brand and unique audio optimization technologies, has become the key enabler in the delivery of high quality content for the TV, radio, game, Internet, home theatre and mobile markets. Key broadcast partners and customers such as THX Ltd., XM Satellite Radio, Yamaha Corporation of America, Sony Corporation, Pioneer Electronics, Onkyo Corporation, Denon Electronics, Marantz America and Harris Corporation, Broadcast Communications have adopted Neural Audio technologies to provide the best quality audio available today to their customers. For more information, please visit www.neuralaudio.com and www.neuralsurround.com.
ABOUT HARRIS CORPORATION
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual revenue of over $4 billion and 16,000 employees - including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications" products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
ABOUT LG ELECTRONICS, INC.
LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in mobile communications, consumer electronics and home appliances, employing more than 82,000 people working in over 110 operations, including 81 subsidiaries around the world. LG Electronics USA, based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is LG's North American subsidiary. In the United States, LG Electronics sells a wide range of consumer electronics (digital display and digital media) products, mobile phones and digital appliances under LG's "Life's Good" marketing theme. LG's U.S. R&D subsidiary, Zenith, based in Lincolnshire, Ill., is a long-time leader in consumer electronics technologies and a pioneer in digital HDTV. Zenith merged with LG Electronics in'99. For additional information, please visit www.LGusa.com.
LG Electronics USA, Inc.: John I. Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org (847) 941-8181
Harris Broadcast Communications: Dave Glidden, email@example.com (513) 459-3639
Neural Audio Corporation: Jackie Broo, firstname.lastname@example.org (415) 814-3200 x116
VoiceAge Corporation: Baris Demir, email@example.com (514) 737-4940 x233