Friday, October 06, 2006

KRELL SHIPS EVOLUTION 403 AND 900 POWER AMPS

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Orange, CT – October 2006 – Krell Industries proudly announces shipping of the Evolution 403 and 900 amplifiers from their recently introduced Evolution series. The Evolution-branded products extend the series with new power amplifiers that represent the culmination of 25 years of Krell design and manufacturing excellence.

All Evolution power amplifiers were engineered to be a natural extension of their flagship counterpart; the Evolution One amplifier. Taking what they learned from this benchmark product, Krell designed the Evolution 403 and 900 with the same no-holds-barred approach to create an entire lineup of amplifiers that are without peer.

Krell’s new Evolution 403 is a three-channel power amplifier rated at 400-watts that features Krell’s proprietary CAST (Current Audio Signal Transmission) circuitry which utilizes current gain topologies allowing the signal to remain in the current domain from input to output. Keeping signals in the current domain avoids unnecessary current to voltage conversions that add distortion, require heavy feedback and severely limit bandwidth.

Like its inspiration the Evolution One, Krell’s Evolution 900 is a 900-watt monaural amplifier featuring Krell’s performance enhancing CAST circuitry and the power to push any speaker to its absolute limit. Both the 403 and 900 utilize a 6000 VA power supply that makes use of extensive electrical and magnetic shielding to keep radiated interference out of critical amplifier circuits. Also featured is the Active Cascode Topology which eliminates global negative feedback (only nested local feedback is employed around individual gain blocks) resulting is an extraordinarily open, liquid and effortless sound.

Other innovative features of Krell’s new amplifiers include internal high current line conditioning circuitry which filters RF noise on the AC mains, while compensating for asymmetric power waveforms and DC on the mains. The rails powering the amplifiers' low level and gain stages are regulated twice for total immunity from fluctuations in the AC mains and virtually noise-free output. Advanced microprocessor control monitors critical operational parameters – bias, load impedance, regulator output voltages and operating temperature are all continuously monitored.

The aesthetic of the new Evolution Series takes Krell’s industrial design to an entirely new level. The machined custom aluminum chassis feature a 1.5-inch faceplate that not only looks incredible but fronts the resonance free environment that houses the sensitive electronics contained within. All Evolution series components maintain the stout and structurally sound build quality Krell is known for with the Krell-coat finish giving the components a timeless look with a feel that is inviting and built to last. Components are available in diamond-cut silver or luxurious black finish.

Pricing for both the Evolution 403 and the 900 is $20,000.

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

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Thursday, October 05, 2006

MPEG Surround at Audio Engineering Society AES 121: Standardization Finalized, Software for Evaluation and Development Available

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Inventors to demonstrate feature-rich surround sound technique at AES in San Francisco

San Francisco, October 5, 2006 — Agere Systems, Coding Technologies, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS and Philips, the inventors behind the new MPEG Surround audio compression technique, will showcase their technology at Audio Engineering Society AES 121 on October 6-8.

The event follows by two weeks finalization of the specifications under the MPEG-D standard on September 22. Only formal approval by the national bodies remains in the MPEG-D standards process.

MPEG Surround represents a feature-rich compression technique for multi-channel audio signals. Operating on top of a core audio codec, the system provides an unrivaled set of features such as full backward compatibility to stereo equipment and a wide scalability in terms of bit rate used for describing the surround sound image.

This compatibility enables an easy upgrade path for existing stereo broadcast systems to a more desirable surround sound listening experience. Advanced functionalities include an enhanced matrix surround mode, allowing generation of clean, stable and high-quality multi-channel audio based on a stereo signal; and a binaural mode, providing spatial rendering and reproduction of multi-channel audio on stereo playback devices such as headphones.

With the finalization of the MPEG Surround standard, software for evaluation and development is being made available to customers and other parties interested in capitalizing on the benefits of MPEG Surround. The first independent tests of the new technology are expected to be ready at the end of this year.

MPEG Surround will be jointly demonstrated by all four parties at AES 121, October 6-8, Moscone Convention Center San Francisco, demonstration room #258.


Agere Systems
Agere Systems is a global leader in semiconductors for storage, wireless data, and public and enterprise networks. The company’s chips and software power a broad range of computing and communications applications, from cell phones, PCs, PDAs, hard disk drives and gaming devices to the world’s most sophisticated wireless and wireline networks. Agere’s customers include top manufacturers of consumer electronics, communications and computing equipment. Agere’s products connect people to information and entertainment at home, at work and on the road—enabling the connected lifestyle.

More information about Agere Systems is available from its web site at www.agere.com.


Coding Technologies
Coding Technologies provides the best audio compression for mobile, broadcasting, and Internet. SBR™ (Spectral Band Replication) from Coding Technologies is a backward and forward compatible method to enhance the efficiency of any audio codec; putting the "PRO" in mp3PRO and the "Plus" in aacPlus. Parametric Stereo from Coding Technologies and Philips again significantly increases the efficiency of audio codecs for stereo signals at low bit rates. Products from Coding Technologies are fundamental enablers of open standards such as 3GPP, 3GPP2, MPEG, DVB, Digital Radio Mondiale, HD Radio, and the DVD Forum.

Coding Technologies is a privately held company with offices in Sweden, Germany, China, and the USA. Founded in 1997 in Stockholm, the company later merged with a spin-off of the renowned Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, the inventor of MP3. Coding Technologies’ customers include America Online, EMP, iBiquity Digital, KDDI, O2, Nokia, Orange, RealNetworks, SK Telecom, Sprint, T-Mobile, Thomson, Texas Instruments, Vodafone, and XM Satellite Radio.


Fraunhofer IIS
Founded in 1985 the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen, today with 450 staff members, ranks first among the Fraunhofer Institutes concerning headcount and revenues. With the development of the audio coding method MP3, Fraunhofer IIS has reached worldwide recognition.

It provides research services on contract basis and technology licensing.

The research topics are: Audio and video source coding, multimedia realtime systems, digital radio broadcasting and digital cinema systems, integrated circuits and sensor systems, design automation, wireless, wired and optical networks, localization and navigation, imaging systems and nanofocus X-ray technology, high-speed cameras, medical sensor solutions and communications technology in transport and logistics.

The budget of 52 million Euro is mainly financed by projects from industry, the service sector and public authorities. Less than 20 percent of the budget is subsidized by federal and state funds.

For more information, visit www.iis.fraunhofer.de/amm.


Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a global leader in healthcare, lifestyle and technology, delivering products, services and solutions through the brand promise of "sense and simplicity". Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 125,500 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 30.4 billion in 2005, the company is a market leader in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring systems, energy efficient lighting solutions, personal care and home appliances, as well as consumer electronics.

News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

VIEWSONIC PROJECTS HIGH-DEFINITION EXPERIENCE INTO HOME THEATERS

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DLP Front-Projector Creates a Living Room Cinema Experience

WALNUT, Calif. , Sept. 22, 2006 – As a next step in its strategic plan to deliver innovative products and diversify its projector portfolio, ViewSonic® Corp. introduced the Cine5000. The DLP™ front-projector addresses the ever growing home theater market by providing true high-definition capabilities along with a 255-inch diagonal wide-format picture to bring the movie theater experience to the comfort of the couch.

“As one of the fastest growing display markets, home projector sales are estimated to grow to more than 2.8 million units by 20101. ViewSonic is pursuing this opportunity with innovative, feature-rich and cost-conscious products to help consumers create a true home theater experience,” said Jeff Volpe , vice president of marketing, ViewSonic Americas. “The Cine5000 provides optimum home entertainment value with HD capabilities at a price that is less than most competitors’ 40-inch LCD TVs.”

At an estimated street price of $1,999, the Cine5000 projects breathtaking images through Texas Instruments DarkChip2™ DLP technologies and an advanced color wheel—a combination that offers life-like colors, high contrast and sharp images. The 10-pound projector’s multiple OptiSync® connectivity options—including HDMI (HDCP compliant), component (YPbPr), composite and S-video—enables simple connections to PCs, game consoles, DVD players and camcorders, while its native 1280x768 widescreen resolution, 1000 lumens of brightness and a 2000:1 contrast ratio offer clear, crisp images.

The projector’s viewing field, which is six times larger than 40-inch televisions, makes audiences feel a part of the game with near life-size players during Sunday night football or while playing fast-moving video games. To prevent image distortion such as pixilation and jagged video, the Cine5000 is equipped with digital keystone correction and Faroudja DCDi® video processing technology. Additional features include signal noise reduction, edge enhancement for optimum video sharpness, and a 12-volt screen relay trigger for dropping a projection screen down using the power of the projector.

Available in October 2006, the Cine5000 comes with ViewSonic’s superior customer support program that includes a 90-day limited lamp warranty, a three-year limited parts and labor warranty, one year of Express Exchange® service and 24/7 technical support, excluding major U.S. holidays. The projector will be sold through authorized ViewSonic retail outlets, professional audio-visual solution providers, distributors and resellers. For more information on ViewSonic projectors or to locate an authorized ViewSonic dealer, visit www.ViewSonic.com/projectors or call 800.888.8583.

About Texas Instruments DarkChip2™ Technology


DarkChip2™ is the next generation of DLP’s widely-acclaimed DarkChip™ technology. It incorporates improvements in the DMD pixel architecture adding higher contrast to the system. This is accomplished by reducing pixel features (via and gap). As a result, stray light is significantly reduced resulting in state-of-the-art black levels.

About ViewSonic


ViewSonic® Corp., a worldwide leader in visual display products, offers comprehensive display solutions for today’s business, education and consumer electronics markets. The company’s products have won more than 2,000 awards globally from independent publications and organizations.

Headquartered in Walnut, Calif. , ViewSonic was founded in 1987 and is a privately held corporation. For further information, please contact ViewSonic Corp. at tel: 800.888.8583 or 909.869.7976; fax: 909.468.3736; or www.ViewSonic.com.

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DTS Showcases DTS-HD Audio Solutions at the 121st AES Convention

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Agoura Hills, CA  – DTS, Inc. (NASDAQ: DTSI) announces that it will feature and demonstrate its DTS-HD™ audio solutions for the next generation optical disc formats at the 121st AES convention in San Francisco.  Exhibiting at the Moscone Convention Center, Booth #632 and presenting in Room #264, October 6-8, 2006, DTS will showcase the company's latest technology advances for the professional audio and broadcast community, including the DTS-HD Master Audio Suite and the DTS Surround Audio Suite, two new software packages for encoding audio streams for the Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD and standard DVD formats.  DTS surround technologies have been designated as mandatory audio standards for both HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

DTS will also display a series of hardware tools jointly developed by DTS and Linear Acoustic that provide enhanced performance for broadcast contribution, distribution and emission workflows of multi-channel audio.  These new units are based around an implementation of the DTS Coherent Acoustics superior compression algorithm and, as embodied in the Linear Acoustic StreamStacker-HD™ series of products, the new format is known as e2 (e-squared).

In addition to showcasing its new encoding products, DTS will also be hosting a series of presentations and live demonstrations featuring DTS-HD Master Audio lossless digital audio format during the AES convention in Room #264.  The demos will include:

    * DTS-HD Master Audio (lossless) surround sound in 7.1-channel.
    * Technical outline of various aspects of surround sound production techniques.
    * In-depth view of the DTS Master Audio Suite and Surround Audio Suite software.
    * Presentation from Neyrinck Audio Labs on their new SoundCode for DTS plug-in suite for Pro Tools™, including the SoundCode DTS-HD Decoder plug-in.
    * Presentations from Genelec on their latest surround monitoring products and room tuning techniques.

DTS encourages all conference attendees to visit the DTS booth for details on specific presentation and demonstration schedules.

"Since we've begun rolling out DTS-HD and demonstrating our new encoding capabilities, the reception from the professional audio and entertainment industries has been overwhelmingly positive," said Brian Towne, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Division, at DTS.  "This year's AES convention provides a great opportunity to show how DTS's solution is the ideal choice for high definition audio based on both quality and ease-of-use."

About DTS-HD Master Audio™
DTS-HD Master Audio delivers sound that is bit-for-bit identical to the studio master.  It can deliver audio at variable bit rates which are significantly higher than standard DVDs.  DTS-HD Master Audio can provide up to 7.1 audio channels at a 96k sampling frequency / 24-bit depth or 5.1 audio channels at 192 kHz that are identical to the original master.  The DTS-HD Master Audio bit stream also contains the DTS 1.5 Mbps core for backwards compatibility with existing DTS-enabled home theater systems, and delivery of 5.1 channels of sound at twice the resolution found on most standard DVDs.

DTS-HD Master Audio has already been selected as the lossless audio format for initial next generation releases from Fox Home Entertainment, Canal Plus and Eagle Rock Entertainment.

About DTS
DTS, Inc. (NASDAQ: DTSI) is a digital technology company dedicated to delivering the ultimate entertainment experience.  DTS decoders are in virtually every major brand of 5.1-channel surround processor, and there are hundreds of millions of DTS-licensed consumer electronics products available worldwide.  A pioneer in multi-channel audio, DTS technology is in home theatre, car audio, PC and game console products, as well as DVD-Video, Surround Music and DVD-ROM software.  DTS audio products are featured on more than 27,000 motion picture screens worldwide.  Additionally, DTS provides imaging technology and services for the motion picture industry; DTS Digital Images, formerly Lowry Digital Images, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DTS and an industry leader in image restoration and enhancement.  Founded in 1993, DTS is headquartered in Agoura Hills, California and has offices in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan and China.  For further information, please visit www.dts.com.

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Indigita™ Single-Chip Solution Enables Direct-to-Disk Recording of DV and HDV Video with New Sony HVR-DR60 Hard Drive

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Sony previews new 60GB removable hard drive at the IBC Conference in Amsterdam

CUPERTINO, Calif. - October 4, 2006 - IntellaSys Corporation today disclosed that the Indigita™ "AV Content Manager" chip (iND60C32) has been designed into Sony's new 60GB removable hard drive, which was recently previewed at the IBC Conference in Amsterdam. Designated Model HVR-DR60, the new Sony hard drive is FireWire compatible and capable of storing up to 4.5 hours of HDV, DVCAM, and/or DV content. Sony demonstrated the HVR-DR60 at IBC in conjunction with its new high-end "professional" HDV Camcorder (Model HVR-VI) featuring true progressive scan 25p or 30p video recording with an HDMI output.

According to Indigita, its powerful single-chip solution enables "direct-to-disk" recording to make HDV recording and post production easier and more flexible than ever before. For example, Sony's new HVR-DR60 allows instant random access, clip replay, and even on-camera editing. Moreover, unwanted scenes or recordings can be edited or deleted to free up additional storage capacity. Once recorded, video files can be named, organized into categories, or stored in directories and sub-directories. The Indigita chip also makes the Sony hard drive immune to video drop-outs, a common drawback of tape drives.

Convenient Connectivity Options

The Indigita chip facilitates connectivity with virtually any computer OS using the FAT-32 file system. While the 1394 HDD mounts as a drive letter for drag-n-drop file transfers, video files can be edited directly on the drive or copied to a Mac or PC at nearly 10X real-time video HDV playback. Supported SBP-2 Protocol allows storage and access to other multimedia file types just like an internal drive. Audio/Video Command (A/V C) set is also supported, thus facilitating connection to 1394-enabled HDTV for DVR playback directly from the drive. An HDTV remote control may used to execute FF, REW, and Playback functions.
Packaging, Delivery and Pricing

The iND60C32 chip is packaged in a 272-pin Ball Grid Array (BGA), and is available within 10 days after receipt of order. Pricing depends on quantity purchased, with discounts available on OEM quantities.

Indigita™ Product Brand

The Indigita product brand has emerged as a preferred choice among OEMs requiring powerful 1394 (FireWire or i-Link) connectivity and storage management solutions. The Indigita brand is currently being extended to encompass native 1394 and Video Streaming silicon to enable the delivery of broadband content for storage and set-top applications.

About IntellaSys

IntellaSys Corporation is a TPL Group Enterprise focused on developing distributed digital media semiconductor solutions including SEAforth multicore processors, OnSpec USB memory controllers and Indigita content secure connectivity devices. With headquarters in Cupertino, California, IntellaSys operates seven design centers, three of which are in California as well as four others based in Tempe, Arizona; Castle Rock, Colorado; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Vienna, Austria. The TPL Group, founded in 1988, specializes in the development, commercialization and management of IP assets. For more information, visit www.intellasys.net.

IntellaSys, SEAforth, OnSpec, and Indigita are trademarks of Technology Properties Limited (TPL). All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

Indigita Contact:
Chris Finley
253-653-3722
cfinely@indigita.com
253-653-3722

IntellaSys Contact:
Tom Rigoli, Mindpik Inc.
rigoli@mindpik.com
650-969-5986

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Acoustic Technologies SoundClear(r) Solution Provides Full-Duplex Audio For Cutting-Edge Spracht Aura Mobile BT

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SoundClear Enables Echo Free, Noise Free Performance

Mesa, AZ, October 4, 2006--Acoustic Technologies, a leading developer of high quality full-duplex speakerphone solutions today announced Spracht's Aura Mobile BT Bluetooth conferencing device is based on Acoustics' SoundClear® solution. Spracht utilized the SoundClear technology to provide echo cancellation, noise reduction, and sound enhancement for optimum voice quality and natural full-duplex speakerphone performance enabling clear, crisp, and loud calls, even in the noisiest environments.

"The Aura Mobile BT is a unique and innovative full-duplex speakerphone product," said Jim Jacot, Vice President Sales and Marketing at Acoustic Technologies. "With our SoundClear audio processing combined with Bluetooth or wired connectivity, the device is robust and flexible for use in the car, office or home. Spracht clearly has a winner with this high performance leading edge speakerphone device."

Acoustic and Spracht have partnered to develop the ultimate option for hands-free communication. The Aura Mobile BT turns a mobile phone, PC, desktop phone, or cordless phone into a high quality full-duplex conferencing product. With SoundClear technology, the Aura Mobile BT provides noise free, echo free, high quality calling for VoIP, mobile, and traditional POTS telephony products.

"We are proud to work with Acoustic Technologies and use their SoundClear solution in the Aura Mobile BT," said Rich Slevin, CEO for Spracht. "With the SoundClear solution and Acoustic's outstanding support, we were able to achieve the high performance goals we set out for this product. The Aura Mobile BT is clearly in a class by itself with high quality sound and awesome full-duplex speakerphone performance."

Acoustic's SoundClear technology features noise cancellation and speech enhancement to reduce background noise and optimize speech intelligibility. The SoundClear solution enables a natural bi-directional conversation through acoustic and network echo cancellation and full-duplex control. The full-duplex control adaptively monitors, detects, and processes incoming voice, echo, and noise signal power levels, and eliminates misunderstandings that come from syllable or word clipping. SoundClear is ideal for conference phones and mobile accessory devices enabling communications over the speakerphone to sound just like a "face-to-face" conversation .

About Spracht
ASpracht (www.spracht.com) is the acoustic division of parent company ODI (www.odi.net ), a recognized leader in digital imaging, LCD image display and other consumer electronics. Founded in 1993, Silicon-Valley based ODI has developed bestselling products, such as the Connectix Quickcam, for both Fortune 100 companies and technology notables such as Palm and Kensington.

About Acoustic Technologies
Acoustic Technologies creates high quality software, semiconductor, and system solutions for leading telecom manufacturers worldwide. The SoundClear brand of patented full-duplex communication, echo cancellation, and noise reduction solutions is enabling significant advancements in telecommunications voice quality and is proven in millions of products around the globe. SoundClear provides natural bi-directional communication in mobile phones, hands-free car kits, Bluetooth accessories, VoIP telephones, conference phones, and other speakerphone enabled products. Acoustic Technologies is a privately held company headquartered in Mesa, Arizona. For additional information call (480) 507-4376 or visit us on the Internet at www.acoustictech.com.

SoundClear is a registered trademark of Acoustic Technologies, Inc. All other service marks and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Dolby Showcases Advanced Audio Tools at the 2006 AES Convention

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Complete Dolby Media Producer Suite Shipping by End of October with All Components, Including Dolby Media Encoder, Dolby Media Decoder, and Dolby Media Tools

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 04, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB) today announced that it will showcase its advanced audio products and technologies at the Audio Engineering Society's 121st Convention, October 5-8, at San Francisco's Moscone Center (booth 602). The company will demonstrate its products for mastering audio files for DVD and high-definition disc media, for production and delivery of surround sound programs destined for digital or analog television and radio broadcast, and for audibly superior live sound reinforcement.

"Our products have always been aimed at making it easier for audio professionals to create and deliver the highest quality for their customers," said Tim Partridge, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Professional Division, Dolby Laboratories. "This year at AES we'll be demonstrating some exciting new tools that continue to raise the bar for performance and convenience in many segments of the industry, including broadcast, packaged media, and live sound."

Dolby also announced today that by end of October it will be shipping for the first time all three components of its highly anticipated Dolby(R) Media Producer suite, including Dolby Media Encoder, Dolby Media Decoder, and Dolby Media Tools. The Dolby Media Producer suite provides a powerful and convenient software solution for mastering audio files for DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, HD DVD, and Blu-ray Disc media, and utilizes a client-server model to improve the work flow of postproduction facilities.

Dolby Media Producer

A suite of professional audio mastering tools, Dolby Media Producer consists of three separate Mac OS(R) X applications, available individually or as a complete package. Dolby Media Encoder offers comprehensive encoding and job control capabilities in a client-server environment, while Dolby Media Decoder provides reference decoding functions, including all Dolby decoding and listening modes. In addition, Dolby Media Tools offers bitstream and metadata editing features to save costly reencoding of previously encoded audio files. The Dolby Media Producer suite supports Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and MLP Lossless(TM), for the new HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc formats as well as DVD-Video and DVD-Audio formats.

Dolby Lake Processor

The Dolby Lake(R) Processor, the first live-sound product released by Dolby, which acquired Lake Technology in 2004, enables sound engineers to improve the quality of sound management while saving time in the setup and handling of loudspeaker systems. The processor provides better control and flexibility of complex speaker systems throughout setup and during events, improving the sound of the system so audiences have a better experience. Additionally, the software application provides centralized control for a network of hardware processors. Based on Lake's trusted sound reinforcement technologies, the new system includes an easy-to-use interface for real-time management, an advanced loudspeaker processing system, and unique Iso-Float(TM) ground isolation technology.

New to the AES Convention will be the KIT 989 CobraNet(tm) module upgrade option, which adds up to 16 bi-directional channels of industry standard CobraNet(tm) digital audio transport to the Dolby Lake Processor. Orders are now being taken for delivery in November.

Dolby DP600 Program Optimizer

Making its AES debut, the Dolby DP600 Program Optimizer is an innovative and flexible product that offers the world's first intelligent file-based audio loudness analysis and correction system. Compatible with many of the most common broadcast media file formats in use today, the DP600 expands upon the technology developed for the award-winning Dolby LM100 Broadcast Loudness Meter with Dialogue Intelligence(TM). Terrestrial, cable, and satellite broadcasters now have the ability to automatically normalize the loudness of all of their file-based programming and commercials without affecting the original dynamic range. Programs can be normalized by either adjusting metadata values or scaling the audio signal itself to a target loudness level. The system also offers the option of faster-than-real-time, file-based encoding and decoding of Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby E content, as well as efficient transcoding between the coding formats.

To learn more about Dolby's AES activities, products, technologies, and sponsored convention events, please visit www.dolby.com/events/AES2006.

About Dolby Laboratories

Dolby Laboratories (NYSE:DLB) develops and delivers products and technologies that make the entertainment experience more realistic and immersive. For four decades Dolby has been at the forefront of defining high-quality audio and surround sound in cinema, broadcast, home audio systems, cars, DVDs, headphones, games, televisions, and personal computers. Based in San Francisco with European headquarters in England, the company has entertainment industry liaison offices in New York and Los Angeles, and licensing liaison offices in London, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. For more information about Dolby Laboratories or Dolby technologies, please visit www.dolby.com.

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KYOCERA Releases Liquid-Crystal Displays with LED Backlighting

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VANCOUVER, Wash - October 4, 2006. Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corporation announced that global parent Kyocera Corporation has released a new line of liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) that feature a unique light-emitting diode (LED) backlighting system instead of conventional cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFLs). The new LCD products, which Kyocera is now shipping, are designed to meet a wide range of industrial display applications, including manufacturing controls, test and measurement equipment, and medical systems. The new backlights are available in STN, CSTN, and TFT models, introduced first in 4.7" and 5.7" diagonal modules. Introduction of 3.5", 6.2", 7.5", 8.9", and 10.4" modules will follow. Kyocera expects to be shipping 30,000 units per month by March 2007.

Benefits
  1. Lead and mercury free for optimum environmental friendliness.
  2. 3/5/12Vdc operation and reduced or eliminated EMI (requires no inverter)
  3. Higher reliability via improved shock and vibration resistance (no glass tube)
  4. Faster start-up in low temperature environments
  5. Luminance control via current control to further reduce power consumption & extend battery life.

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Fraunhofer IIS Introduces SX Pro Technology for Automatic Conversion of Stereo Material into 5.1 Surround Sound

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ERLANGEN, Germany. At the AES Convention in San Francisco, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS is previewing SX Pro, a technology to create 5.1 surround sound from existing stereo content. At booth 232, Fraunhofer IIS will demonstrate the high audio quality and high degree of creative control offered by the new SX Pro processing, which will be available for integration in software, consumer electronics, and professional hardware by the end of 2006.

To create surround sound from regular stereo music, SX Pro analyses the audio signal and identifies characteristic sound elements. An intelligent algorithm redistributes these elements to create a natural surround sound listening experience without adding artificial reverberation.

The center channel is smoothly integrated without altering the original stereo sound stage, providing a stable front image even for off-sweet-spot listening. The surround channels consist of the ambience-like sound components of the stereo material, greatly enhancing the user envelopment, similar to a discrete multichannel surround sound listening experience - with only two channels as source material.

Bernhard Grill, head of the audio department at Fraunhofer IIS, says: "SX Pro offers exciting new possibilities when it comes to playing back stereo content over surround setups as its intelligent algorithm provides a high degree of control over the resulting sound image."

SX Pro is the best choice for any application where twochannel legacy content is transmitted to or played in a multichannel environment. For example, consumers may enjoy high quality playback of their existing stereo music on multichannel receivers and car audio systems that have integrated SX Pro processing.

The incorporation of SX Pro processing into professional media production and audio editing tools will allow surround versions of existing stereo source material to be produced using the creative control over the upmix process offered by SX Pro. Radio broadcasters offering new surround services may also convert their existing content to surround sound automatically, to match the presentation of new surround tracks.

Unlike prior approaches, the SX Pro technology offers a stable sound field during fast changes in content, and consistent, distinct positioning of audio sources, offering a realistic substitute for true 5.1 mixes when they are not available.

At the AES Convention, SX Pro will be demonstrated as PC software and as a DSP hardware implementation. The PC software allows users to switch between different optimized presets to change the spatial sound image. The DSP hardware implementation accepts any two-channel PCM audio stream and performs a real-time stereo to 5.1 upmix.

Founded in 1985 the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen, today with 470 staff members, ranks first among the Fraunhofer Institutes concerning headcount and revenues. With the development of the audio coding method MP3, Fraunhofer IIS has reached worldwide recognition. It provides research services on contract basis and technology licensing. The research topics are: Audio and video source coding, multimedia realtime systems, digital radio broadcasting and digital cinema systems, integrated circuits and sensor systems, design automation, wireless, wired and optical networks, localization and navigation, imaging systems and nanofocus X-ray technology, high-speed cameras, medical sensor solutions and communications technology in transport and logistics. The budget of 58 million Euro is mainly financed by projects from industry, the service sector and public authorities. Less than 20 percent of the budget is subsidized by federal and state funds.

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DTS-HD Master Audio Suite and DTS Surround Audio Suite Launched

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DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq:DTSI) announces the availability of DTS-HD Master Audio Suite and the DTS Surround Audio Suite, two new software suites to prepare audio streams for next generation and current optical disc media formats. Consisting of an encoder, a StreamPlayer decoder, and StreamTools bitstream editing and verification tools, the suites are compatible with both Mac OS 10.4.x and Windows XP. Both software suites are now available for the Windows XP platform worldwide through DTS' network of distributors, with the Mac OS X platform following soon thereafter.

The DTS-HD Master Audio Suite (MAS) provides an easy-to-use interface for encoding audio bit streams for HD DVD and Blue-ray Disc as well as DVD and DTS 5.1 Music Disc. Features such as downmix setting and audition, as well as DTS Digital Surround backward-compatible Core playback, provide the audio professional with the ability to monitor DTS-HD encoded streams and emulate various consumer playback systems with confidence. Encoded bit stream formats include: DTS Digital Surround®, DTS-ES 6.1®, DTS 96/24™, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio™ and DTS-HD Master Audio™ lossless, which is bit-for-bit identical to the master soundtrack. The MAS is applicable to DVD-V, DVD-A and DTS Surround Music CDs, as well as the next generation HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc formats. DTS-HD bit streams support up to 7.1 channels of 96 kHz audio or up to 5.1 channels of 192 kHz audio. Additionally DTS-HD low bit rate (LBR) audio streams can be created for use as Sub or Secondary audio on HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc with bit rates optimized for Internet delivery.

Included in the DTS-HD MAS, the StreamPlayer decoder can play any DTS bit stream, delivering audio to a PC's sound card for quality control monitoring prior to disc authoring.

The DTS Surround Audio Suite (SAS), a limited version of Master Audio Suite, can encode bit streams compatible with standard DVD-V and DTS Surround Music CDs with a similar easy-to-use interface. The DTS SAS also includes StreamPlayer and can be upgraded to the DTS-HD Master Audio Suite with the purchase of an upgrade license.

The suggested retail prices of the suites are $1,495 for the DTS-HD Master Audio Suite, and $795 for the DTS Surround Audio Suite.

About DTS
DTS, Inc. (NASDAQ:DTSI) is a digital technology company dedicated to delivering the ultimate entertainment experience. DTS decoders are in virtually every major brand of 5.1-channel surround processor, and there are hundreds of millions of DTS-licensed consumer electronics products available worldwide. A pioneer in multi-channel audio, DTS technology is in home theatre, car audio, PC and game console products, as well as DVD-Video, Surround Music and DVD-ROM software. DTS audio products are featured on more than 27,000 motion picture screens worldwide. Additionally, DTS provides imaging technology and services for the motion picture industry; DTS Digital Images, formerly Lowry Digital Images, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DTS and an industry leader in image restoration and enhancement. Founded in 1993, DTS is headquartered in Agoura Hills, California and has offices in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan and China. For further information, please visit http://www.dts.com.

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