Planetweb(R) to Bring SpectraWorks(TM) for Digital TV Applications to TAEC TX49 RISC CPU Core Based ASSPs; Planetweb SpectraWorks to Deliver Improved Time to Market and Unique Customization Capabilities to Growing Digital Television Market

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Dec. 28, 2005— Planetweb(R), a leading provider of embedded software and developer tools for the consumer electronics industry, announces SpectraWorks(TM) embedded user interface software platform for digital television applications will support Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.'s (TAEC's) powerful TX49 RISC CPU core based ASSPs.

Utilizing the SpectraWorks(TM) platform, Planetweb is developing a suite of products designed to satisfy the Federal Communication Commission's rules mandating that U.S. broadcast television services must convert completely to digital operation. Products developed utilizing TAEC's powerful low-cost TX49 RISC CPU core based ASSPs will provide low cost, single chip solutions for the transition to digital broadcast reception. Planetweb's SpectraWorks user interface and applications platform will be used to develop a complete suite of customizable applications, including display of program data (PSIP), television controls and settings, value-added applications for digital photography and digital audio.

The TAEC TX49 RISC CPU core based ASSPs running SpectraWorks will be demonstrated January 5th - 8th at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"In the highly competitive consumer electronics industry, and particularly the rising digital television market, it is critical for a company to get product to market quickly," said Michelle Abraham, principal analyst at In-Stat. "At the same time, companies must uniquely differentiate consumer electronic products in the highly competitive marketplace. Streamlining the development process and reducing the cost of bringing high quality products to market is essential to the future success of leading CE manufacturers."

"SpectraWorks brings compelling new user interface options and many value-added features to the leading edge silicon capabilities of the TX49 RISC CPU core based ASSPs," said Shardul Kazi, vice president of the Embedded Processor SoC Business Unit at TAEC. "This powerful combination of technologies ensures that TAEC can meet the needs of its OEM customers by being early to market with products of unmatched cost effectiveness and customization capabilities."

"Planetweb is proud to deliver SpectraWorks to customers using the powerful TX49 RISC CPU core based ASSPs," said Ken Soohoo, president and CEO of Planetweb. "The high performance characteristics unique to TAEC's single chip, TX49 embedded CPU ASSPs represent a significant leap forward in low cost technology available for digital television products, enabling an entire suite of new products to be developed."

SpectraWorks Enriches User Experience and Improves OEMs' Time-To-Market

The SpectraWorks platform for consumer electronics applications gives Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) an unprecedented ability to rapidly develop and customize both applications and Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) for any consumer electronics device. With SpectraBuilder User Interface development tool and SpectraCore software engine, an OEM is able to develop a unique platform independent user experience with strong branding in a fraction of the time it would take using conventional methods while ensuring a consistent look and feel across multiple devices or product lines.

About Planetweb

Planetweb is a leading provider of embedded software and developer tools for the consumer electronics industry. Planetweb's SpectraWorks platform -- SpectraCore, SpectraBuilder and SpectraApps -- enables OEMs and silicon vendors to rapidly develop and customize graphical applications and services for consumer electronics products. These applications and services bring popular features and functionality to digital entertainment devices, including DVD recorders, DVD players, digital televisions, set-top boxes and mobile devices. Software from Planetweb has shipped in more than 7 million units of product from leading manufacturers worldwide. Planetweb, a privately held company, is headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, and has offices in Tokyo, Japan. For more information, visit

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