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Trident, MStar Ink Patent Agreement

SUNNYVALE, Calif., and HSINCHU, Taiwan — Trident Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: TRID), a leading provider of set-top box and TV semiconductor solutions, and MStar Semiconductors, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a patent license agreement relating to a part of Trident's motion estimation and motion compensation (MEMC) patent portfolio. The licensed MEMC patents are directed to the display of high definition and 3D images for high-quality televisions and other video enabled LCD display devices and are a de facto standard approach for enhancing picture quality. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed. MStar Semiconductor is a leading SOC chip supplier for consumer devices, with leading positions in solutions for portable and mobile consumer devices.

This patent license agreement follows an August 31, 2010 announcement that Trident was making a limited number of patent licenses available to TV OEMs and consumer electronics semiconductor providers for use in their consumer video devices under a portion of the Trident MEMC patent portfolio originally developed by Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.

Trident, a technology leader in the TV and set-top box markets, controls a broad patent portfolio that includes patents directed to MEMC, demodulators, audio, video, television interfaces, 3D, conditional access and general semiconductor circuit technology.

Trident has not disclosed the financial details of its licensing program. For additional information or to request a license, interested companies can contact Trident at:

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{complink 12928|MStar Semiconductor Inc.}

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