Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) Announces Collaboration With Fraunhofer Institute to Develop Digital Cinema System Compliance Test Procedures

Comprehensive Test Procedures Will Establish a Certification Benchmark for

Digital Cinema Projectors, Servers, and Associated Equipment

Feb 21, 2006, 00:00 ET from Digital Cinema Initiatives

    HOLLYWOOD, Calif. and ERLANGEN, Germany, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital
 Cinema Initiatives (DCI) has signed an agreement with the Fraunhofer Institute
 for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen, Germany to collaborate and jointly
 produce a certification test plan comprised of test procedures and data to
 validate compliance with the Digital Cinema System Specification published by
 DCI in July of 2005.
     Development of the test procedures and data is expected to take place over
 a four-month period, followed by a three-month period of testing and
 validation.  Once complete, the procedures and data will enable equipment
 manufacturers to validate their compliance with the Specification and promote
 interoperability between key digital cinema theatrical equipment components.
 DCI hopes to encourage an established process to test Specification compliancy
 in order to gain certification of digital cinema equipment.
     "As the transition from conventional 35mm film to digital projection
 systems continues, many industry entities and manufacturers have been
 anticipating a DCI supported methodology to provide certification for DCI
 compliant components," the DCI member studios jointly declared, "the
 Fraunhofer IIS is a world-respected entity with demonstrated imaging and
 technology expertise that will develop these robust and comprehensive test
     "We are proud to be collaborating with DCI on such a fundamental project.
 The DCI Specification is a milestone in the development of digital movie
 delivery and projection.  The certification test plan shall promote the
 worldwide interchangeability of movies which was one of the great advantages
 of film over the last hundred years.  The digitization of feature delivery and
 projection is a chance to enhance the attractiveness of cinemas in the
 future," said Siegfried Foessel, project manager for digital cinema at the
 Fraunhofer IIS.  "This certification test plan will contribute to the
 interoperability of playout-systems and secure content handling."
     Digital Cinema Initiatives
     Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI) was created in March 2002 and is a
 joint venture of Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment,
 Universal and Warner Bros. Studios.  DCI's primary purpose is to establish and
 document voluntary specifications for an open architecture for digital cinema
 that ensures a uniform and high level of technical performance, reliability
 and quality control.
     Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS
     Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen, Germany,
 ranks first among the Institutes of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (a non-profit
 organization) concerning headcount and revenues.  In close cooperation with
 our partners and clients we provide our research and development services in
 the following areas: Microelectronics, information and communication
 technology, imaging systems, audio and multimedia technology.  Fraunhofer IIS
 is also a leading member of the Fraunhofer Network Digital Cinema. Renowned
 developments are the ARRI-D20, the standardization work in JPEG2000 and the EU
 funded project WorldScreen.

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