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Sage, Inc. (ticker: SAGI, exchange: NASDAQ) News Release - 13-Jun-2001

Sage Inc. to Provide Video Processor for Latest InFocus Digital Projector; InFocus to Show LP530 Projector at INFOCOMM International Show

LAS VEGAS, Jun 13, 2001 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Sage Inc. (Nasdaq:SAGI), a leading provider of digital display processors for consumer technology and PC-display products, today announced that InFocus(R) Corporation (Nasdaq:INFS) (OSE:IFC.O), the worldwide leader in digital projection, has integrated Sage's FLI2200 deinterlacer into its LP530 digital projector, available in July 2001. The InFocus LP530 is the first projector to use Sage's FLI2200 and its Emmy award-winning deinterlacing algorithms to achieve higher quality video at significantly reduced system costs. With features such as per-pixel motion adaptive deinterlacing, Directional Correlational Deinterlacing (DCDi(TM)) and cross color suppression, the FLI2200 further advances the video quality of the LP530 projector by producing high-resolution images without coloration or motion artifacts. InFocus' new LP530 projector will be showcased during the INFOCOMM International Show from June 13 to June 15, 2001 in Las Vegas (InFocus booth No. 18081).

The next few years represent a significant opportunity for Sage display processors in the projection display market. "The front projection business is a very fast-growing market. Worldwide unit shipments of front projection displays of all types will triple within the next six years, growing from 1 million units in 2000 to 3 million units in 2006, a 31% compound annual growth rate," said Sweta Dash, director of Projection and LCD Research from market research firm Stanford Resources in San Jose, Calif.

"The LP530 is a revolutionary digital projector that offers unmatched brightness and exceptional picture quality," stated Pierre Richer, director of Product Marketing, InFocus Corporation. "Using Sage's FLI2200 deinterlacer, which provides the clearest high-resolution picture and eliminates flicker and motion artifacts, enables us to offer unsurpassed video quality at a reasonable price. The difference created by Sage's proprietary cross-color suppression and DCDi technology is very clear to our customers, who can now attain unequaled picture quality."

The FLI2200 is the world's first 10-bit single-chip motion adaptive deinterlacer, incorporating Faroudja's Emmy award-winning deinterlacing and post-processing algorithms to convert standard interlaced video signals into progressive scan signals. Deinterlacing provides markedly improved video quality in a variety of consumer products ranging from progressive scan DVD players and TVs, to projectors and flat-panel monitors. This highly integrated single-chip implementation with advanced video features reduces system cost while providing PC-display and consumer technology manufacturers with unmatched video quality and maximum design flexibility. Industry-first features including proprietary Directional Correlational Deinterlacing (DCDi) and cross color suppression combine to further distinguish the FLI2200 from other deinterlacers on the market.

"InFocus' decision to integrate exceptional video quality into the LP530 digital projector using Sage's FLI2200, distinguishes the deinterlacer as the best in its class," said Dr. Nikhil Balram, Sage's executive vice president and general manager for Consumer Products. "InFocus is setting a new standard by integrating this high quality video into a mainstream projector, and the company's customers will enjoy the benefits of features such as cross color suppression and DCDi that are unique to the FLI2200. We are pleased to see the FLI2200 enter another market segment, following its previously announced successes in the progressive-scan DVD and enhanced TV markets," added Dr. Balram.

The DCDi algorithm eliminates the jagged edges seen on moving angled lines in video images. Motion-adaptive deinterlacing with optimal filtering on a per pixel basis suppresses motion artifacts and provides the highest resolution picture. The FLI2200 also features Film Mode deinterlacing, invented and patented by Faroudja, for proper handling of 3:2 and 2:2 pulldown as well as bad edit detection/correction. The FLI2200 supports 8/10-bit ITU-R BT656, 16/20-bit YUV and 24/30-bit RGB, YCrCb and YPrPb interlaced inputs and progressive outputs with auto-detection of NTSC/PAL/SECAM inputs.

 
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