Thomson Multimedia Signs 100th mp3 Licensee

Cirrus Logic Inc. Becomes 100th Company to License mp3 Technology



Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Thomson Multimedia

    SAN DIEGO and PARIS, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomson Multimedia
 (NYSE:   TMS) (Paris Sicovam: 18453), the exclusive licensing representative of
 mp3 patents under the patent portfolio of Fraunhofer IIS-A and Thomson
 Multimedia, has signed Cirrus Logic Inc. to become the 100th licensee of the
 company's mp3 patents.
     Thomson Multimedia originally launched its mp3 licensing program in 1995,
 helping fuel mp3's dramatic expansion in the distribution of music and
 Internet broadcasting through licensing agreements with such prestigious
 licensees as Adobe, Apple, Creative Labs, Microsoft, MusicMatch, Macromedia,
 RealNetworks, Micronas, NEC, Samsung, Sanyo, ST Microelectronics and Texas
 Instruments.  Reflecting the company's commitment to the continued expansion
 of mp3, Thomson recently unveiled its mp3 PRO, the next generation of the
 celebrated coding-decoding (codec) format that will provide improved sound at
 lower bit rates, now being readied for a worldwide roll-out.
     Cirrus Logic is the world's number one supplier of audio chips, according
 to market research firm Forward Concepts (Tempe, AZ), including being the
 market leader in A/V receivers and MP3 portable Internet players.
     By creating alliances with the most renowned brands in manufacturing,
 Thomson has helped make mp3 the de facto standard and the recognized leading
 audio compression technology.  To date, Thomson-generated licensing alliances
 have resulted in the proliferation of well over 10 million licensed mp3
 players worldwide, and licensed mp3 software programs on virtually every
 computer in the world.
     Thomson's licensing program fairly and equitably makes the sought-after
 mp3 process instantly accessible to Consumer Electronics and IC-manufacturers,
 music software companies, Internet content providers and broadcasters alike.
     Last January, Thomson Multimedia announced a new mp3 coding-decoding
 (codec) format -- mp3PRO -- that will provide improved sound at lower bit
 rates. mp3PRO provides 128kbs performance at a 64kbs encoding rate, doubling
 the digital music capacity of typical flash memory.  mp3PRO will be backward
 compatible with existing mp3-files, so consumers will not have to invest in
 new playback equipment for their existing mp3 libraries.
     "We are delighted to sign Cirrus Logic as our 100th mp3 licensee.
 Reaching this significant milestone underscores the impact mp3 continues to
 enjoy in the global audio marketplace," said Henri Linde, Vice President, New
 Business of the Patent and Licensing unit for Thomson Multimedia.
 
     This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding prospects
 for the future that involve a number of risks and uncertainties.  Among the
 factors that could cause actual income to differ materially from those
 expected are the following: business conditions and general economic
 conditions; competitive factors such as pricing and marketing efforts of rival
 companies; timing of product introductions; ability of contract manufacturers
 to meet product price objectives and delivery schedules; legislative,
 regulatory, and industry initiatives that may affect planned or actual product
 features and marketing methods; and the pace and success of product research
 and development.  For more information on the potential factors that could
 affect the company's financial income, please review the relevant SEC filings.
 
     About Thomson Multimedia
     With sales of 9.1 billion Euros (U.S. $8.3 billion) in 2000 and
 73,000 employees in more than 30 countries, Thomson Multimedia (NYSE:   TMS)
 (Paris Sicovam: 18453), provides a wide range of technologies, systems,
 finished products and services to consumers and professionals of the
 entertainment and media industries.  To advance and enable the digital media
 transition, Thomson Multimedia has five principal activities:  Digital Media
 Solutions, Displays and Components, Consumer Products, New Media Services, and
 Patents and Licensing.  The company distributes its products under the popular
 THOMSON, RCA and TECHNICOLOR brand names.  For more information:
 www.thomson-multimedia.com .
 
     About The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft:
     The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft is the leading organization of applied
 research in Germany.  It operates 47 research centers in Germany with about
 9,000 employees, about half of them scientists and engineers.  The Fraunhofer
 Gesellschaft expands to a worldwide Organization, especially in USA and Asia.
 Home of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft is Munich, Germany.  One of the goals of
 the Fraunhofer policy is a rapid transfer of innovations into products.  The
 total research expenditure is about US$ 700 million.
     The Fraunhofer Institut Integrierte Schaltungen (Fraunhofer IIS-A), based
 in Erlangen, Germany, is one of the 47 research centers.  Fraunhofer IIS-A is
 the leading international research lab in the field of high quality low bit
 rate audio coding.  Fraunhofer IIS-A has been the main developer of the most
 advanced audio coding schemes, like MPEG Layer-3 and MPEG-2 AAC (Advanced
 Audio Coding).  Fraunhofer IIS-A plays a major role in the ongoing work for
 the MPEG-4 Audio standardization process and contributes to many other
 standards bodies as well, like ITU-R TG10/4, ITU-R WP10C and AES.
 
     About Coding Technologies:
     Coding Technologies is focusing on developing and implementing unique
 audio compression technologies for the broadcasting, Internet and
 telecommunication markets.  The company offers its audio solutions to system
 designers, chip/device manufacturers and content providers.  Coding
 Technologies, a privately held company having offices in Stockholm, Sweden,
 and Nuremberg, Germany, combines the exceptional skills of a Swedish company
 specialized in audio compression technologies and a spin-off from the renowned
 Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits.  For more information, visit
 www.codingtechnologies.de .
 
 

SOURCE Thomson Multimedia
    SAN DIEGO and PARIS, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomson Multimedia
 (NYSE:   TMS) (Paris Sicovam: 18453), the exclusive licensing representative of
 mp3 patents under the patent portfolio of Fraunhofer IIS-A and Thomson
 Multimedia, has signed Cirrus Logic Inc. to become the 100th licensee of the
 company's mp3 patents.
     Thomson Multimedia originally launched its mp3 licensing program in 1995,
 helping fuel mp3's dramatic expansion in the distribution of music and
 Internet broadcasting through licensing agreements with such prestigious
 licensees as Adobe, Apple, Creative Labs, Microsoft, MusicMatch, Macromedia,
 RealNetworks, Micronas, NEC, Samsung, Sanyo, ST Microelectronics and Texas
 Instruments.  Reflecting the company's commitment to the continued expansion
 of mp3, Thomson recently unveiled its mp3 PRO, the next generation of the
 celebrated coding-decoding (codec) format that will provide improved sound at
 lower bit rates, now being readied for a worldwide roll-out.
     Cirrus Logic is the world's number one supplier of audio chips, according
 to market research firm Forward Concepts (Tempe, AZ), including being the
 market leader in A/V receivers and MP3 portable Internet players.
     By creating alliances with the most renowned brands in manufacturing,
 Thomson has helped make mp3 the de facto standard and the recognized leading
 audio compression technology.  To date, Thomson-generated licensing alliances
 have resulted in the proliferation of well over 10 million licensed mp3
 players worldwide, and licensed mp3 software programs on virtually every
 computer in the world.
     Thomson's licensing program fairly and equitably makes the sought-after
 mp3 process instantly accessible to Consumer Electronics and IC-manufacturers,
 music software companies, Internet content providers and broadcasters alike.
     Last January, Thomson Multimedia announced a new mp3 coding-decoding
 (codec) format -- mp3PRO -- that will provide improved sound at lower bit
 rates. mp3PRO provides 128kbs performance at a 64kbs encoding rate, doubling
 the digital music capacity of typical flash memory.  mp3PRO will be backward
 compatible with existing mp3-files, so consumers will not have to invest in
 new playback equipment for their existing mp3 libraries.
     "We are delighted to sign Cirrus Logic as our 100th mp3 licensee.
 Reaching this significant milestone underscores the impact mp3 continues to
 enjoy in the global audio marketplace," said Henri Linde, Vice President, New
 Business of the Patent and Licensing unit for Thomson Multimedia.
 
     This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding prospects
 for the future that involve a number of risks and uncertainties.  Among the
 factors that could cause actual income to differ materially from those
 expected are the following: business conditions and general economic
 conditions; competitive factors such as pricing and marketing efforts of rival
 companies; timing of product introductions; ability of contract manufacturers
 to meet product price objectives and delivery schedules; legislative,
 regulatory, and industry initiatives that may affect planned or actual product
 features and marketing methods; and the pace and success of product research
 and development.  For more information on the potential factors that could
 affect the company's financial income, please review the relevant SEC filings.
 
     About Thomson Multimedia
     With sales of 9.1 billion Euros (U.S. $8.3 billion) in 2000 and
 73,000 employees in more than 30 countries, Thomson Multimedia (NYSE:   TMS)
 (Paris Sicovam: 18453), provides a wide range of technologies, systems,
 finished products and services to consumers and professionals of the
 entertainment and media industries.  To advance and enable the digital media
 transition, Thomson Multimedia has five principal activities:  Digital Media
 Solutions, Displays and Components, Consumer Products, New Media Services, and
 Patents and Licensing.  The company distributes its products under the popular
 THOMSON, RCA and TECHNICOLOR brand names.  For more information:
 www.thomson-multimedia.com .
 
     About The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft:
     The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft is the leading organization of applied
 research in Germany.  It operates 47 research centers in Germany with about
 9,000 employees, about half of them scientists and engineers.  The Fraunhofer
 Gesellschaft expands to a worldwide Organization, especially in USA and Asia.
 Home of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft is Munich, Germany.  One of the goals of
 the Fraunhofer policy is a rapid transfer of innovations into products.  The
 total research expenditure is about US$ 700 million.
     The Fraunhofer Institut Integrierte Schaltungen (Fraunhofer IIS-A), based
 in Erlangen, Germany, is one of the 47 research centers.  Fraunhofer IIS-A is
 the leading international research lab in the field of high quality low bit
 rate audio coding.  Fraunhofer IIS-A has been the main developer of the most
 advanced audio coding schemes, like MPEG Layer-3 and MPEG-2 AAC (Advanced
 Audio Coding).  Fraunhofer IIS-A plays a major role in the ongoing work for
 the MPEG-4 Audio standardization process and contributes to many other
 standards bodies as well, like ITU-R TG10/4, ITU-R WP10C and AES.
 
     About Coding Technologies:
     Coding Technologies is focusing on developing and implementing unique
 audio compression technologies for the broadcasting, Internet and
 telecommunication markets.  The company offers its audio solutions to system
 designers, chip/device manufacturers and content providers.  Coding
 Technologies, a privately held company having offices in Stockholm, Sweden,
 and Nuremberg, Germany, combines the exceptional skills of a Swedish company
 specialized in audio compression technologies and a spin-off from the renowned
 Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits.  For more information, visit
 www.codingtechnologies.de .
 
 SOURCE  Thomson Multimedia