Thomson Announces New Grass Valley LDK 8000 High Definition Camera

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Paris/Amsterdam (IBC/ M214 / OEH201) 07 September 2006 - Against the backdrop of the accelerating adoption of high definition acquisition and production, as well as broadcasters‘ and video professionals‘ continued enthusiasm for

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HD solutions, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) today unveiled the next generation Grass Valley HD camera, the LDK 8000.

At its launch the LDK 8000 will offer 14-bit A/D sampling and 24-bit resolution digital signal processing at all of today‘s HD formats. Support for future 1080/50p or 60p is included, providing a strong platform for continuing evolution into the future.

“The challenges of developing a new HD system camera are enormous,” said Marc Valentin, president of the Grass Valley business within Thomson, adding “but our customers are desperate to increase their HD capabilities today. The LDK 8000 is a rolling program, delivering an exciting new camera ready for immediate use, and continuing to innovate with advanced signal processing, packet-based fibre optic connectivity and, once they deliver the quality we need, CMOS sensors.”

The Grass Valley LDK 6000 HD camera has become the industry standard for outside broadcast applications with over 1500 already in use. Recognising therefore that broadcasters and production companies will need to migrate to the new LDK 8000 camera, Grass Valley has ensured its compatibility on a practical level with existing stocks of LDK 6000 HD cameras. The new camera uses a new generation of the proven HD-DPM+ CCD imager which, together with the advanced signal processing delivers a brighter, cleaner and sharper picture but which nonetheless shares image characteristics with the LDK 6000, allowing them to be used together on productions.

Similarly, the LDK 8000 uses the same industry standard triax and fibre connectivity as today‘s cameras, allowing them to be used with current installed and portable cables. The LDK 8000 development programme, though, includes an innovative new high bandwidth fibre system which will unlock the full possibilities of fast progressive scanning and advanced super slow motion which are physically impossible on today‘s fibre and triax. The new fibre system will adopt leading edge IT technology to deliver uncompromised image quality over 10 gigabit ethernet.

Grass Valley products and systems enabled broadcasters around the world to migrate to HD, with the LDK 6000 WorldCam camera becoming the preferred choice of outside broadcasters in Europe and America because of its ability to work in multiple formats, including standard definition as well as HD. Coverage of major national and global sports events and entertainment spectaculars all rely on Grass Valley equipment. As the HD migration accelerates - 2006 saw the first all-HD Fifa World Cup; 2008 will see the first all-HD Olympic Games - the new LDK 8000 camera will become the camera the world‘s broadcasters rely upon.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing for the new LDK 8000 starts at $116,600 (€95,000); it is scheduled to be available in the fourth quarter of 2006.

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