Marlin DRM group creates Community Development Organization

Open-access, interoperable consumer electronics DRM platform specifications to drive market adoption by service, device and content providers

Sunnyvale, CA, October 3, 2005 – The Marlin Joint Development Association (JDA), a consumer electronics industry technology development alliance formed by Intertrust Technologies, Matsushita Electric Industrial (Panasonic), Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung Electronics, and Sony Corporation to create specifications for an open standard interoperable Digital Rights Management (DRM) platform for consumer electronics, today announced the creation of the Marlin Developer Community ( MDC ). The MDC will be a technology standards-setting and promotion organization that provides software and hardware developers access to the Marlin DRM specifications. The Marlin DRM platform is designed for devices like mobile phones, set top boxes, computers and portable and stationary CE devices.

Launched in January 2005, the Marlin JDA's primary goal was to create an openly accessible set of DRM platform specifications for all types of consumer electronics devices and services for the mobile, broadcast and broadband markets, and then turn itself into a market-facing entity that provides access to prospective Marlin adopters. The MDC is open to any individual or party to access the specifications, make input into the development process, participate in developer conferences and contribute to or use Marlin reference technologies in the MDC source program. The MDC will be open for membership in the near future when the JDA completes its 1.0 version of the specifications. The Marlin JDA anticipates that the first Marlin-based devices and services will enter the market in 2006.

Marlin is the first open DRM platform developed for CE applications in the mobile, broadcast and broadband verticals. Marlin mobile profile is designed to meet all the requirements of a fully compliant and interoperable OMA v2.0 implementation , thereby facilitating integration with, and extending the interoperability of, OMA based systems. It is a powerful interoperability bridge between CE devices and delivers a uniform consumer experience across a wide range of services and devices.

 

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About Intertrust Technologies Corporation

Intertrust develops and licenses intellectual property for Digital Rights Management (DRM) and trusted computing. The Company holds over 30 U.S. patents and more than 100 patent applications pending worldwide. Intertrust's patent portfolio covers software and hardware techniques that can be implemented in a broad range of products that use DRM and trusted computing technologies, including computer operating systems, digital media platforms, web services, and enterprise infrastructure. Intertrust has research, engineering, and IP groups focusing on developing and monetizing next-generation technologies and inventions. More information about the company can be found at www.intertrust.com.

 

About Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic)

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., best known for its Panasonic brand name, is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka , Japan , the Company recorded consolidated sales of US$ 81.44 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005 . Matsushita's shares are listed on the Tokyo , Osaka , Nagoya , New York (NYSE:MC), Euronext Amsterdam and Frankfurt stock exchanges. For more information on the company and its Panasonic brand, visit the Matsushita website at www.panasonic.net.

 

About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG , AEX: PHI ) is one of the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of EUR 30.3 billion in 2004. With activities in the three interlocking domains of healthcare, lifestyle and technology and 159,700 employees in more than 60 countries, it has market leadership positions in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring, color television sets, electric shavers, lighting and silicon system solutions. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.

 

About Samsung Electronics Corporation

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2004 parent company sales of US$55.2 billion and net income of US$10.3 billion. Employing approximately 113,000 people in over 90 offices in 48 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing brands, Samsung Electronics is the world's largest producer of color monitors, color TVs, memory chips and TFT -LCDs. For more information, visit www.samsung.com.

 

About Sony Corporation

Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and on-line businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading personal broadband entertainment company in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $67 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005 . Sony Global Web Site: www.sony.net.

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