Reston, Va.—Oct 24, 2006
DLP Cinema Extends Deal with Cinea's Digital Cinema Certificate Program
Texas Instruments' DLP Cinema unit utilizes Cinea COSMOS service to authenticate digital cinema projectors as "trusted" devices
Cinea, Inc., a subsidiary of Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) announced today that Texas Instruments has ordered an additional block of 1,000 "digital certificates" from Cinea as part of Texas Instruments' ongoing production of digital cinema projector components.
Cinea's COSMOST Digital Cinema Certificate program provides digital cinema equipment manufacturers with digital certificates compliant with Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI) Digital Cinema System Specification, version 1.0. These certificates authenticate specified equipment as "trusted" devices. Once a digital certificate (a data record that is irrevocably bound to a device) is issued to a given device, that device is thereafter considered part of a "trusted environment," and can be authorized to give or receive content from other trusted devices. The certificates are required by the DCI Digital Cinema System Specification to reduce the risk of unauthorized access to digital cinema content.
"Cinea's mission in the digital cinema marketplace is to provide robust and transparent security services that will help make digital cinema a reality," said Robert Schumann, General Manager of Cinea, Inc. "Digital certificate generation is one of the critical underlying services required to support the full-scale deployment of digital cinema. We're proud to support Texas Instruments as it delivers these projector components to the marketplace."
As part of the secure service, Cinea has installed a remote COSMOS Certificate Authority at the TI manufacturing plant to generate certificates. The Certificate Authority, which incorporates a hardware-based signing module, receives electronic certificate requests from the manufacturer and generates digital certificates in real-time. The certificates are also relayed to Cinea's back-end network for secure long-term storage and retrieval. This same network allows Cinea to provide registration and key delivery services for digital cinema installations around the world.
"Texas Instruments is committed to the security of all digital cinema content played back on our systems," said Nancy Fares, Manager of DLP Cinema® products. "The experience and expertise that Cinea brings to securing digital cinema content, along with the integrity and flexibility of their solution, made Cinea's Digital Cinema Certificate program an easy choice to provide digital certificates for the projector component of our customers Barco, Christie, and NEC."