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San Francisco—Oct 7, 2010

Digital Cinema Open System Alliance Announces Launch of Interoperability Effort

Dolby Laboratories, MikroM, USL, and XDC collaborate on interface specifications to lower development costs, to increase flexibility, and to support innovation for the digital cinema industry
Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB), MikroM GmbH, USL, Inc., and XDC together announced an alliance to promote greater interoperability within the digital cinema market. The companies joining in this collaborative effort, referred to as the Digital Cinema Open System Alliance (DCOSA), are working to establish open interface standards for core system components.

Initial goals of the DCOSA are to develop common interface specifications between digital cinema servers and integrated media block (IMB) products and to promote these specifications for use across the cinema market. By introducing these open standards, the DCOSA hopes to drive down the cost of development, to increase flexibility, and to provide a platform for innovation.

“The cinema industry is interested in moving away from having a tightly coupled server and media block available only from a single vendor and moving toward an IMB built using open interface specifications,” said Robin Selden, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Dolby Laboratories. “An open platform will increase competition within the industry and encourage cutting-edge development.”

“With the rapid pace of advancement in hardware technology, the DCOSA hopes to decrease time to market by enabling flexibility in the choice of core system components. These systems have not been designed for interoperability in the past because of the lack of interface specifications,” said Holger Krahn, Chief Executive Officer, MikroM. “Effectively, this initiative will provide exhibitors with more options in the selection of system components.”

“As the digital cinema industry continues to evolve, there is an increasing need for well-defined interfaces,” said Larry Hildenbrand, Director, Engineering, USL, Inc. “The DCOSA will help to deliver open standards allowing for greater flexibility in system design and enabling exhibitors to create custom installations.”

“As more and more playback technology moves into the projector, it is critical that the industry adopt common interface standards,” said Jérôme Delvaux, Vice President, Technology, XDC. “We are excited to be a part of the DCOSA, since establishing interoperability will be instrumental in the ultimate success of this market.”

The DCOSA plans to make its server and IMB interface specifications available as an open standard for use by the digital cinema industry. The specifications are expected to be completed and available in the first half of 2011. Information regarding specific product availability can be obtained directly from the member companies.

About Digital Cinema Open System Alliance 
The Digital Cinema Open System Alliance (DCOSA) is an industry group formed to promote greater interoperability within the digital cinema server market by establishing open interface specifications for core system components. By supplying open standards, the DCOSA seeks to encourage flexibility in system design, to increase innovation and competition within the industry, and to benefit the consumer with high-quality custom installations at economical prices. Member companies of the DCOSA include Dolby Laboratories, MikroM, USL, and XDC. Visit www.dcosa.org for more information about the DCOSA.
Dolby Contacts: Sales:
DDCinfo@dolby.com

Media Contact:
Joshua Gershman
Dolby Laboratories
415-645-5611
Joshua.gershman@dolby.com
USL Contacts: Sales:
Clint Koch
(805) 549-0161
About Dolby Laboratories, Inc.: Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB) is the global leader in technologies that are essential elements in the best entertainment experiences. Founded in 1965 and best known for high-quality audio and surround sound, Dolby creates innovations that enrich entertainment at the movies, at home, or on the go. Dolby Laboratories, Inc. Directory page Dolby Laboratories, Inc. Web Site About USL, inc.: USL, Inc., a global supplier of quality cinema products, is celebrating its 30th year of pioneering technical advancements for the motion picture industry.  In 1997, USL received an Academy Technical Achievement Award for its PSA Light meter.  Today, USL engages in the research, development and manufacture of cinema audio equipment, cinema visual and audio test equipment, and digital cinema integrated media blocks.  USL’s equipment and products are used by major cinema circuits, independent theaters, production companies, and sound stages.  USL’s cinema equipment is sold and used in every country in the world. USL, inc. Directory page USL, inc. Web Site About dcinex™:
dcinex is the leading Pan-European provider of fully integrated and best in class solutions for movie operations. The company operates three business lines: Exhibitor Services, Content Services and Consulting.  dcinex Exhibitor Services provides end-to-end solutions, from equipment financing, sales, installation and maintenance to training and support services for movie theaters.  dcinex Content Services offers a complete range of post-production, mastering and transcoding services, as well as Pan-European physical and electronic delivery and digital rights management.  dcinex Consulting advises cinema operators, local authorities, real estate firms and corporate investors providing a.o. cinema design and lay-out, project management, feasibility studies as well as market research, expert witness and due diligence.
dcinex™ Directory page About MikroM GmbH: MikroM, based in Berlin, Germany, is an independent technology provider for digital cinema specialising in field-proven Secure Media Block technologies. MikroM´s JPEG2000/MPEG-2 PCI decoder board MVC200-DC was the first FPGA based 2K Media Block for digital cinema servers conforming to DCI specifications on the market and has been integrated into several digital cinema servers. MikroM´s MVC10x decoder family based on the self-developed MPEG-2 HD decoder ASIC HiPEG+ has been used since 2002 in several digital cinema applications worldwide. With more than 12 years of experience in the cinema environment, MikroM continues to develop and introduce most flexible and future-proof 2K/4K Media Block solutions for both Digital Cinema/EC servers and digital cinema projectors. Upcoming products include a 2K/4K Integrated Media Block for digital cinema projectors. MikroM GmbH Directory page About Digital Cinema Open System Alliance: The Digital Cinema Open System Alliance (DCOSA) is an industry group formed to promote greater interoperability within the digital cinema server market by establishing open interface specifications for core system components. By supplying open standards, the DCOSA seeks to encourage flexibility in system design, to increase innovation and competition within the industry, and to benefit the consumer with high-quality custom installations at economical prices. Member companies of the DCOSA include Dolby Laboratories, MikroM, USL, and XDC. Visit www.dcosa.org for more information about the DCOSA. Digital Cinema Open System Alliance Directory page
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