InterVideo H.264 Codec Combines With NVIDIA Hardware to Accelerate High-Definition Decoding

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Last Updated: January 23, 2006 5:44 pm GMT
(FREMONT, Calif.--BUSINESS WIRE--Jan. 23, 2006) InterVideo®, Inc. (NASDAQ:IVII), an industry leader in DVD, MPEG and high-definition (HD) multimedia software technology, announced today that its H.264 Codec now supports the new NVIDIA PureVideo™ H.264 decode acceleration available on GeForce™ 6 and 7 Series graphics processors from NVIDIA® Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA).


H.264 is the digital video codec specified for the Blu-ray (BD) and High-definition DVD (HD DVD) formats. The H.264 specification, which is also known as the Advanced Video Codec (AVC) specification or MPEG 4-Part 10, delivers two to three times the compression efficiency of solutions such as the MPEG-2 standard, which is used in DVD video. H.264 also delivers high-definition video with six times the resolution of standard definition DVDs.

InterVideo's H.264 codec technology leverages highly advanced algorithms to deliver superior quality and performance on today's personal computers. One of the key new features is the ability to divide the decoding tasks among several hardware cores and hardware threads on both the CPU and the GPU. Using traditional single thread decoding techniques, H.264 with high definition would not be feasible on today's personal computers because much of the overall processing power is unused. InterVideo's H.264 codec partitions the decoding tasks through algorithm and data decomposition into multiple threads to use all the processing power of the dual core and hyper threading technologies from Intel® and AMD® CPUs, as well as the GPU acceleration from NVIDIA graphics hardware.

The GeForce 6 and 7 Series graphics processors feature NVIDIA PureVideo™ technology, a combination of hardware and software that brings home theater quality video to the personal computer and provides hardware acceleration for H.264 encoded movies, providing a smooth frame-rate and image quality unachievable with CPUs alone. A perfect partner to InterVideo's advanced H.264 codec along with the NVIDIA ForceWare™ software suite and Unified Driver Architecture (UDA), the GeForce 6 and 7 Series deliver industry-renowned compatibility and reliability for an enhanced user experience.

"InterVideo's H.264 technology is the ideal complement for our GeForce 6 & 7 processors," said Scott Vouri, general manager, multimedia products at NVIDIA. "Combined, they will set the pace for OEMs and ODMs in the evolution of next-generation consumer electronics and PCs."

"NVIDIA has been a driving force in the delivery of the latest advancements in audio and video through its digital media processing technology," said Steve Ro, president and CEO of InterVideo. "With NVIDIA's hardware acceleration and deinterlacing capabilities, the InterVideo H.264 codec can deliver a whole new level of picture clarity."

Availability
NVIDIA ForceWare drivers featuring the NVIDIA PureVideo H.264 decode acceleration will be available in Q1'06. For more information on NVIDIA products, visit http://www.nvidia.com

InterVideo's H.264 codec, applications, sample application code and documentation are available for licensing to OEMs, system integrators and other third parties. Licensing and customer support information on InterVideo's codec technology can be obtained by calling InterVideo at 510-651-0888 or visiting InterVideo's Web site, www.intervideo.com.

About NVIDIA
NVIDIA Corporation is the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies. The Company creates innovative, industry-changing products for computing, consumer electronics, and mobile devices. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and has offices throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. For more information, visit www.nvidia.com.

About InterVideo, Inc.
InterVideo is a leading provider of DVD software. InterVideo has developed a technology platform from which it has created a broad suite of integrated multimedia software products that allow users to capture, edit, author, burn, distribute, and play digital video. InterVideo's software is bundled with products sold by the majority of the leading PC OEMs. The company is headquartered in Fremont, CA with regional offices in Europe, Taiwan, China and Japan. For more information, contact InterVideo at 510-651-0888 or visit the company's Web site at www.intervideo.com.

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