Application Processor enhances multimedia smart phones.

Press Release Summary:

Application processor and flexible development platform, Vinno-III (VC0818), has color QVGA screen and is based on ARM926EJ with built-in multimedia features. Interfaces are provided for SD/MMC and SDIO, NAND flash, USB, and 3 mega pixel sensor. Also available, Vinno-III-Win open mobile platform is based on Microsoft Windows Mobile OS and features QVGA touch screen, 3 mega pixel camera, and mpeg4/H.263, WMA, and mp3 playback and recording. Bluetooth and FM radio are also supported.

Original Press Release:

Vimicro Launches Application Processor and New Mobile Platform Based on Windows Mobile

BEIJING, Feb. 11 -- Vimicro Corporation (NASDAQ:VIMC), a leading fabless semiconductor company that designs advanced mixed-signal multimedia products and solutions, today announced the launch of its most recent high-performance application processor, Vinno-III (VC0818) and an open mobile platform, Vinno-III-Win, based on Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system when attending Mobile World Congress 2008 in Barcelona, Spain. The new application processor and open mobile platform was launched to provide a lower cost option for smart phones and increase its popularity.

"Vimicro has been committed to providing handset makers with reliable, competitive, easy- to-use multimedia IC products and strong technical support services to help them increase speed-to-market," said Raymond Zhang, senior vice president of Vimicro. "Vinno-III offers customers not only a powerful SOC (System-on-Chip), but also a flexible development platform. Handset makers can fully utilize the Vinno-III-based platform to complete their creative design ideas and make diversified mobile phones."

Samuel Shen, Senior Director of the Strategic Partnership Group of Microsoft China Research and Development Group said, "Microsoft and Vimicro's efforts have had a positive impact on the PC multimedia market since our partnership began in 2002. In May 2007, we expanded the scope of our collaborations with Vimicro to encompass the mobile multimedia sector. We are pleased to see Vimicro's significant progress on the development of Windows Mobile-based mobile platform."

About Vinno-III and Vinno-III-Win

Vinno-III is based on ARM926EJ with built-in multimedia features such as hardware mpeg4/H.263 codec, JPEG codec, multi-format audio decoder, stereo ADC/DAC, SD/MMC and SDIO interface, NAND flash interface, high speed USB, 3 mega pixel sensor interface, QVGA color screen etc. All of these features bring a new and enhanced multimedia experience to mobile phone users. Vinno-III-Win features QVGA touch screen, 3 mega pixel camera, mpeg4/H.263 video, WMA and mp3 playback and recording, Bluetooth, FM radio. Vinno-III-Win can be adopted to design both 2.5G and 3G smart phones and beyond.

About Vimicro

Vimicro International Corporation is a leading fabless semiconductor company in China designing, developing and marketing proprietary digital multimedia signal processing chips and solutions enabling multimedia applications for mobile phones over 2.5G/3G networks and PCs over broadband Internet.

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