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The roots of Silicon Optix HQV processing go back to the early 1980s, when Lockheed Martin developed it for military image and video processing. In the 15+ years of development by Lockheed Martin, over $100 million was invested in the technology, and 13 patents were issued.

Teranex was founded in 1998 to commercialize the Lockheed Martin technology. Since then, six additional patents on hardware, software, and algorithms have been filed thanks to the extensive work of Teranex's premier engineering team.

The company soon realized that the digital-media industry is particularly suited to the benefits of the technology. Teranex's video-processing platforms sell for as much as $100,000 and are used by the leading broadcasters around the world, including NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, and WB, along with others in Japan, Australia, China, and South Korea. The Teranex video processor is the preferred choice because it is able to process any type of material, whether it be video, film, animation, noisy satellite feeds, or clean camera feeds, with the best depth and clarity, all without any user intervention. For example, native HD broadcasting is currently limited to only a few hours per day, usually during prime-time. The rest of the 24-hour day, standard-definition content must be upconverted to HD using a box like the Teranex Xantus.

The post-production community also uses the Teranex box to ensure perfect conversion between the many different formats they encounter as well as for film-to-video transfer (telecine). In the telecine process, it is important to remove any dirt and scratches along with reducing the film grain to provide a pleasing picture and aid in the DVD-encoding process. The Teranex Image Restore system is the best on the market and can significantly clean up the content without adding blurring or smearing. It is also fully automatic.

In 2002, Silicon Optix and Teranex realized that semiconductor technology had advanced enough that they could take the large Teranex video-processing box and condense into an affordable single chip. In September 2004, the Realta HQV video processor, which matches the performance of Teranex's $60,000 video processor, was announced to the world.


Product using this technology:

NEC TheaterSync