Asked Questions about AITech International Corporation
Q. What business is
AITech involved in?
A. AITech International develops and markets integrated circuits and
board-level products for scan conversion, so that PC-based images may
be viewed using a television set. AITech is also involved in the
development of board-level multimedia solutions, which bring video
signal to the PC. These devices include video capture cards,
digitizers, and TV tuners.
Q. What is scan conversion
A. Scan conversion changes a computer's video output (VGA RGB) to a
television-compatible format. This enables PC video output to be viewed
on a television set, which is typically offers the larger screen. The
television video broadcast signal used in the U.S. is known as NTSC,
for National Television Standards Committee. Others, such as Europe's
PAL, require different scan conversion processes.
Q. What are some common scan
A. With minimal effort and low cost, scan conversion enables users to
show PC-based designs, animation, slide shows, financial presentations,
and websites on large screen televisions. These applications may take
place in boardrooms, classrooms, conference rooms and function halls
where larger audiences gather. Family and home entertainment
applications are very popular as well. Scan conversion enhances the
enjoyment of video game play, 'Net-surfing, and CD-ROM titles when
viewed on television.
Q. What are AITech's core
A. There are two: VSPro (TM) and FlicFree (TM). VSPro (for Video Signal
Processing) is AITech's primary, patented core technology, used in the
company's scan conversion products. It is becoming the dominant
technology in its industry, and is considered by many to be the de
facto standard for scan conversion. VSPro is a high-speed, 24-bit data
processing technology. The single chips, such as the AIT1106 and 1108,
have very small footprints and do not require any support logic. The IC
architecture, feature sets, and programmable options are unique. AITech
has pioneered internal compensation for signal deviation, digital video
encoding, and all-on-chip analog-to-digital (ADC) and digital-to-analog
(DAC) conversions. These and other innovations make VSPro the most
competitive, advanced scan conversion technology available. AITech has
also developed the proprietary FlicFree filter. Due to the differences
between VGA and TV signals, converted images are often unstable and
"flicker". AITech's FlicFree filter is a three-step process which
minimizes this effect to near-imperceptible levels.
Q. What products does AITech
develop for the consumer/end-user scan conversion market?
A. AITech's core technology is scan conversion: video-out products,
which convert PC VGA signals to a TV-compatible format
AITech's video-out products include:
- Web Cable Plus - an affordable
- MaxView - advanced digital scan conversion for power users
- MultiPro 2000 - remote-controlled scan conversion for business
Q. What markets does AITech
A. AITech's scan conversion products meet the needs of consumers,
educators, businesses, and OEM product design engineers.
Q. What is the future of VSPro
and scan conversion?
A. VSPro will be a pivotal technology, adding functionality to existing
electronics and enabling the design of new devices. AITech has begun to
design solutions for Internet-TVs, PC-enabled TVs, NetPCs, Set-Top
Boxes, multimedia PCs, and video CD players, to name just a few.
Products such as these represent some of the largest growth industries
and markets of the next century.
Q. How does AITech support its
A. All AITech products carry a one-year guarantee covering parts and
labor. AITech maintains a staff of support technicians who are expert
with any of the company's products.
Q. How does AITech distribute
A. AITech sells its products through major distributors, such as
Ingram-Micro, TechData, and D&H, as well as through resellers,
VARs, and OEM system developers. Its products are also available
through consumer electronics retailers like Computer City, Best Buy,
Circuit City and Fry's Electronics.