LCD HDTVs Powered by Micronas’ Single-Chip Solution Receiving Top Honors

Test reports rank Full HD LCD-TVs from Sony and JVC based on Micronas’ VCT-Premium™ as best in class

Freiburg, (PresseBox) - Micronas (SWX Swiss Exchange: MASN), a leading supplier of innovative application-specific IC system solutions for consumer electronics, is proud to announce that LCD HDTV products based on Micronas' VCT-Premium have recently been rated top of the class by leading industry publications.

Sony's brand-new KDL-52W 4000 LCD TV was rated best of all tested 52'' Full HD LCD TVs by the German magazine 'Video' in July. In May, HDTVTest.co.uk rated the KDL-40W 4000 "the best LCD HDTV - in terms of both picture and sound quality - in 2008", and 'What Hi Fi, Sound & Vision' testified in June: "One of the sharpest, punchiest, most detailed HD performances yet; terrifically balanced and clean SD playback."

JVC's LT-42DR9 was rated best among all tested 42'' LCD TVs by the German consumer test magazine 'Heimkino' in June, and 'What Video & Hi-Def TV', from the UK, awarded the 42DS9 a full five-star verdict: "The 42DS9 delivers the finest picture quality we have yet seen from a JVC LCD TV."

"We are delighted to see LCD HDTVs designed with our technology being recognized favourably by industry critics", says Thomas Hilpert, Product Marketing Manager at Micronas. "We architected the VCT-Premium to provide TV manufacturers, such as Sony and JVC, state-of-the-art video quality, and we are happy to see our efforts recognized."

With the growing adoption of Blu-ray(TM) , movies are increasingly being delivered at 24 frames per second (fps). The VCT-Premium supports this 24p mode - showing true cinematic video quality. Carola Schoenrock, test reporter of the German consumer magazine 'Heimkino', confirms that when she tested the picture from a Blu-ray player with 24p output, the picture quality of JVC's LT-42DR9 was impeccable - without any pull-down judder or other frame-rate conversion effects.

Micronas' VCT-Premium is the third generation of Micronas' VCT-family of single-chip flat-panel TV processors, providing a complete solution for a Full HD LCD TV featuring integrated audio, video, teletext, and on-screen display (OSD). TVs powered by VCT-Premium can accept content with standard or the new extended color space (x.v.Color­(TM) ) and expand the color formats to work with Wide Color Gamut panels. VCT-Premium is shipping in mass-production to leading worldwide LCD TV manufacturers.

Referenced magazines and websites:

- Video: www.video-magazin.de
- Heimkino: www.lloxx.de
- http://whathifi.com/Review/Sony-KDL-40W4000/
- http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/sony-kdl40w4000-launched-20080414102.htm
- http://www.homecinemachoice.com/whatvideo/magazine/

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