P R E S S R E L E A S E
CHRISTIE DIGITAL SYSTEMS TO INTEGRATE QUALCOMM
QDEC 1000 DECODER
Cypress, California - (November 1, 2001) - Christie Digital Systems, a leading manufacturer of Digital Cinema projectors, today announced the integration of the QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) QDECÔ 1000 decoder into Christie's DLP Cinema™ projector, SLH-D. The simple integration process enables Christie to become among the first to physically integrate a Digital Cinema decoding device within a projector for use in Digital Cinema presentations. The integration of the QDEC 1000 decoder into Christie Digital Cinema-quality ensures enhanced security through the simultaneous electronic decoding and decryption. In addition, the QDEC 1000 decoder offers image and audio stream synchronization and formatting necessary for a Digital Cinema theatre system processor.
"Through the integration of QUALCOMM's decoder into our DLP Cinema projector, Christie will deliver unprecedented image presentation with superior security," said Michael Mooney, director of Digital Cinema at Christie Digital Systems of Cypress, CA. "The secure architecture of QUALCOMM's QDEC 1000 decoder module answers many concerns in Hollywood over the security of Digital Cinema content."
Christie's SLH-D Digital Cinema projector can be configured with various lamphouse solutions that provide the necessary 12.5 Ft.L. on screens up to 60-ft. wide, a contrast ratio of over 1000:1 and complete compatibility with 720-line and 1080 HDTV standards.
"Christie provides an excellent example of how quickly and easily the QDEC 1000 decoder can be integrated into Digital Cinema projectors to deliver unprecedented security and performance," said Jon Korecki, senior director of Business Development for QUALCOMM Digital Media.
With QUALCOMM's QDEC 1000 decoder integrated into Christie's cinema-quality projectors, images are decoded and decrypted via a single chip within the Digital Cinema projector, providing enhanced security and theft protection. The decoder module implements QUALCOMM's ABSolute™ image compression technology, a high-resolution technology developed for the demanding requirements of Digital Cinema and other applications. The QDEC 1000 decoder is capable of outputting image resolutions of up to 2560 x 1080 pixels, which is commensurate with requirements for high-quality Digital Cinema images, at full 10-bit 4:4:4 color component sampling.
About Christie Digital Systems
As the first DLP Cinema™ licensee, Christie Digital Systems is the first to play a leading role in the development of digital cinema projection. Christie Digital has more than 70 years expertise in providing film projection technology to the cinema industry and more than 25,000 large screen projection solutions installed worldwide. Christie Digital is an Academy Award recipient for its gearless projectors and has received numerous industry-specific awards for its DLP Cinema projector and the Roadie, the world's first purpose-built rental staging projector. Christie Digital is a world leader in high-performance projection solutions for cinema, control rooms, rental staging, 3D, immersive environments, meeting rooms, conference rooms and fixed installation environments. Headquartered in Cypress, CA, Christie Digital Systems is a jointly owned subsidiary of Ushio America, Inc. and Ushio, Inc. For more information, visit the Company's Web site at http://www.christiedigital.com.
QUALCOMM Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital technology. The Company's business areas include CDMA chipsets and system software; technology licensing; the Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) applications platform; Eudora® e-mail software; digital cinema systems; and satellite-based systems including portions of the Globalstar™ system and wireless fleet management systems, OmniTRACS® and OmniExpress®. QUALCOMM owns patents that are essential to all of the CDMA wireless telecommunications standards that have been adopted or proposed for adoption by standards-setting bodies worldwide. QUALCOMM has licensed its essential CDMA patent portfolio to more than 100 telecommunications equipment manufacturers worldwide. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., QUALCOMM is included in the S&P 500 Index and is a 2001 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.
DLP Cinema™ is a trademark of Texas Instruments.
QUALCOMM, OmniTRACS, OmniExpress and Eudora are registered trademarks of QUALCOMM Incorporated. BREW is a trademark of QUALCOMM Incorporated. Globalstar is a trademark of Loral QUALCOMM Satellite Services, Incorporated. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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