Microsoft to add HDTV capabilities to Xbox

Newport Beach, Calif. - Conexant Systems, Inc. today announced that its CX25871 video encoder has been chosen by Microsoft Corp. to connect the Xbox video game system to both digital and traditional analog television sets worldwide.

With the added benefit of high-definition television (HDTV) display capability, Xbox gamers will be able to experience the latest software gaming titles with more visual clarity than ever before.

Introduced in August 2000, Conexant's CX25871 is the first video encoding solution to provide ATSC HDTV output capability, true international support and adaptive flicker-filtering in a single chip.

"The Xbox video game system will be a mind-blowing experience for gamers of all abilities," said Todd Holmdahl, hardware general manager, Microsoft Games Division. "The superior image quality that Conexant's video encoder provides is one of the most critical elements for the success of Xbox. Features like HDTV output and adaptive flicker filtering, as well as the overall video quality of the CX25871, are unmatched in the industry, making it an ideal fit for the Xbox video game system."

"High-quality television display capability is at the epicenter of the gaming experience," said Gregory Fischer, vice-president of marketing for Conexant's Digital Infotainment Division. "Microsoft's selection of the CX25871 for their flagship video console further defines our unique leadership role in video products. We are delighted to work closely with Microsoft on Xbox, transforming the average living room gaming experience into the ultimate in video realism."

The CX25871 video encoder complements NVIDIA's two key processors for the Xbox video game system, the Xbox Graphics Processing Unit (XGPU) and Xbox Media Communications Processor (MCPX). The NVIDIA solution along with Conexant's CX25871, has been incorporated into the first Xbox game developer kits, which were shipped to more than 40 qualified Xbox video game manufacturers in the fall of 2000.

"Together, NVIDIA and Conexant are taking the gaming experience to new levels," said Dan Vivoli, senior vice president of marketing for NVIDIA. "By combining two of the world's most advanced semiconductors, the MCPX and the XGPU, with Conexant's world-class video encoder, the unmatched synergy and industry-leading technologies will help deliver the world's most advanced gaming platform this fall."

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