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Vimicro International Signs Agreement on SVAC-Compliant Chips with the First Research Institute of the Ministry of Public Security
BEIJING, April 21, 2014
BEIJING, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Vimicro International Corporation (NASDAQ: VIMC) ("Vimicro" or the "Company"), a leading video processing IC and security solution provider, today announced that the Company signed an agreement regarding SVAC-compliant chips with the First Research Institute of the Ministry of Public Security. The signing ceremony was held on April 18 in Beijing and was attended by: Party Secretary Mr. Wang Gang, Director Mr. Qiu Baoli, Deputy Director Ms. Chen Zhaowu, etc. of the First Research Institute of Ministry of Public Security; Vimicro's CEO, Dr. Zhonghan (John) Deng, and the President Mr. Zhaowei (Kevin) Jin.

The SVAC (security Video and Audio Coding) security standard represents one of the most important achievements in the field of security and security monitoring and it is the only codec specifically designed for security security needs. SVAC was promulgated in 2011 as a national standard, and it was initiated and co-developed by the First Research Institute of the Ministry of Public Security and Vimicro, under the leadership of the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, with the goal of ensuring national safety and security. To-date, SVAC has been implemented in Shanxi and Hebei provinces and in other regions to provide public security, urban management, and in other large-scale industrial applications. Recently, the Ministry of Public Security selected Guangdong Province as the first province for a national SVAC standard demonstration starting October 2014, along with video collection points funded by Guangdong provincial government, which together will comprise a uniform implementation of the SVAC national standard.

With SVAC's mature technology and increasing recognition, the total security market is at approximately 300 billion Yuan (approximately USD $50 billion) in 2012 and is estimated to be growing at an annual growth rate of approximately 20%. The close cooperation between Vimicro and First Research Institute of the Ministry of Public Security will continue to develop future SVAC national standards with the respect to core chips, safety programs, promotions, and other system features, which will benefit from both parties' common resources, common strengths, and the promotion of development of future SVAC-compliant products, as well as system applications and industrial processes using video security. Moreover, SVAC sets an example for the cooperation between government and industry on the development of national standards, the promotion of domestic high-tech industries, and the achievement of major successes.

About Vimicro International Corporation

Vimicro International Corporation is a leading video processing IC and security solution provider that designs, develops, and markets mixed-signal semiconductor products and system-level solutions that enable multimedia capabilities in a variety of products for PC/notebook, consumer electronics, and security applications. Vimicro has aggressively entered the security market with system-level solutions and semiconductor products to capitalize on China's domestic demand. Vimicro's ADSs each represent four ordinary shares and are traded on the NASDAQ Global Market exchange under the ticker symbol "VIMC."

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