Entropic Communications' Set-Top Box System-on-a-Chip Technology Featured In EchoStar's Freeview+ HD Ultra Slim Box

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Sept. 7, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IBC2012, Entropic Meeting Suite G106/107 and EchoStar Stand 1.F76 -- Entropic Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENTR), a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home, today proudly announced that its technology has been selected as the system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution for EchoStar's recently launched Ultra Slim Box, an advanced, high definition (HD) digital TV recorder combining Freeview+ HD and access to Smart TV entertainment. The device will be on display this week in Amsterdam at IBC2012, in Entropic's RAI meeting suite G106/107 and in EchoStar's stand 1.F76.

The compact, elegant Ultra Slim Box delivers an impressive entertainment experience which enables consumers to watch, record, pause, rewind live TV, access Smart TV services and catch-up on their favorite TV shows – all delivered in a super-slim, low-profile device.

The device uses Entropic's highly-integrated, low-power set-top box SoC silicon, the PNX849x. The two-tuner terrestrial DVR device leverages the compact Entropic SoC design with an ARM® Cortex™-A9 superscalar 1250 DMIPS CPU to deliver the advanced performance required to execute heavyweight applications. Additionally, with an innovative power management system, Entropic's SoC enables complete systems power control enabling the device to power optimize or move to an ultra low-power standby operation.

"The Ultra Slim Box is the complete entertainment solution and puts the consumer in control of their digital entertainment experience," said Rhod Williams, senior vice president and general manager of EchoStar in Europe. "As the slimmest digital TV recorder in the world, we selected Entropic's SoC to reduce the power profile, while ensuring a powerful processing device that would offer media-rich navigation and the ability to access networked video content, applications and advanced media services."

"Having an established relationship with EchoStar we understood their need for a silicon solution that would optimize the TV viewing experience and ensure its twin tuner device would enable consumers to watch one channel while recording another with crystal clear picture quality and graphics," said Mark Samuel, senior vice president and general manager, Set-Top Box Group, Entropic Communications. "Our silicon and software complement the brilliant design of the Ultra Slim Box and ensures that despite its compact form factor, the feature sets are not compromised."

The Ultra Slim Box HDT-610R is available to consumers in the United Kingdom, and offers access to an impressive list of HD and standard definition TV channels, and Internet connectivity to access Smart TV features including catch-up TV and the ability to upgrade to the latest software and features online. The Ultra Slim Box HDT-610R is available from key retailers in the UK.

For more information on Entropic's SoC technologies, visit Entropic at: www.entropic.com or at IBC2012 in the RAI Amsterdam – meeting suite G106/107. For more specific information on the EchoStar Ultra Slim Box HDT-610R, visit: MyEchoStar.com or see EchoStar at IBC stand number 1.F76.

About EchoStar:

EchoStar Corporation (Nasdaq:SATS) is the premier global provider of satellite operations and video delivery solutions. EchoStar's wholly-owned subsidiary, Hughes, is the world's leading provider of satellite broadband services, delivering network technologies and managed services for enterprise and government customers in more than 100 countries.

Headquartered in Englewood, CO, with additional business units world-wide, EchoStar is a multiple Emmy award-winning company that has pioneered advancements in the set-top box and satellite industries for nearly 30 years, consistently delivering value for customers, partners and investors through innovation and outstanding quality. Over the last three decades EchoStar's contribution to video technology has been a major influencer to shifts in the way consumers view, receive and manage TV programming.

EchoStar's consumer solutions include HughesNet®, North America's #1 high-speed satellite Internet service, Sling Media's Slingbox® products, and EchoStar's line of advanced digital video set-top box products for the European free satellite and terrestrial viewer markets.

For more information, please visit www.echostar.com .

About Entropic Communications

Entropic Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENTR) is a leading global provider of silicon and software solutions to enable connected home entertainment. The Company transforms how traditional HDTV broadcast and streaming video content is seamlessly, reliably, and securely delivered, processed, and distributed into and throughout the home. Entropic's next-generation home connectivity and set-top box system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions enable Pay-TV service providers to offer consumers a more captivating whole-home entertainment experience by delivering new, high-performing ways to connect, engage, and enjoy multimedia content. For more information, visit Entropic at: www.entropic.com .

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Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical in nature constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Entropic's STB SoC technology, its related prospects, its role in the future of home networking and statements regarding EchoStar Europe's leadership in delivering devices in conjunction with Entropic products or in any of the applications or markets mentioned herein, and statements regarding the anticipated benefits from the collaboration between Entropic and EchoStar Europe. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause Entropic's and/or EchoStar Europe's actual results to be materially different from historical results or from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the success of the collaboration between Entropic and EchoStar Europe, which will depend, in part, on each company continuing to devote sufficient resources to achieve the goals of the collaboration; the ability of both Entropic and EchoStar Europe to successfully address technical challenges and introduce new and enhanced products on a timely basis; risks associated with market acceptance of new products developed by Entropic and EchoStar Europe; the risk associated with market acceptance for the device; the effect of intellectual property rights claims; the effects of competition, including the risk that other wireline or wireless technologies may achieve greater market acceptance than solutions developed by Entropic or EchoStar Europe; and other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of Entropic's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended June 30, 2012. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Entropic and EchoStar Europe are providing this information as of the date of this release and do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Copyright © 2012 Entropic Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. All other product or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners. The FREEVIEW and FREEVIEW+ HD words and logos are trade marks of DTV Services Ltd.  

CONTACT: Entropic Investor Contact:         Debra Hart         +1 858.768.3852         debra.hart@entropic.com                  Entropic Media/Industry Analyst Contact:         Chris Fallon         +1 917.974.1667         chris.fallon@entropic.com                  EchoStar Europe media contact:         Mark Goodburn         Director of Marketing & Communications         +44 7595 106276         mark.goodburn@EchoStar.com

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