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Motorola Offers First DSP Solution With THX Surround EX Technology.

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 23, 1999--

Motorola and Momentum Data Systems to Enable First Consumer

Implementation of Latest Cinema Surround Sound Technology

THX Surround EX(TM), the premium audio technology co-developed by Lucasfilm THX(R) and Dolby Laboratories, will now be available to THX licensees thanks to Symphony(R) digital signal processing (DSP) technology from Motorola and the expertise of Momentum Data Systems.

Motorola's DSP56362 featuring THX Surround EX technology is the first solution to be approved for use in Home THX Ultra products. This technology will allow for the decoding of specially encoded films which provides surround back channels, in addition to the existing five main channels. Motorola plans to demonstrate the technology at the Audio Engineering Society conference in New York on September 24th.

"THX Surround EX and the processing power of Motorola's DSP56362 puts movie theatre sound at consumers' fingertips," said Valerie Hase, Operations Manager of Motorola's Digital Audio Operations. "We're pleased to be the first DSP provider to bring this premium audio advancement to THX licensees and ultimately consumers."

The addition of a new surround channel and rear surround speakers allows a sound designer to create true "fly-over" and "fly-around" effects that are smoother and more accurately placed. THX Surround EX delivers a precise translation of this movie theatre experience using THX Ultra components in a home environment. This technology was introduced with Star Wars: Episode 1 -- The Phantom Menace earlier this year.

Monica L Dashwood, General Manager, at Lucasfilm THX says "We are pleased that Motorola and Momentum Data Systems through this chip solution will help THX Ultra licensees bring THX Surround EX to consumers in high quality products".

"This new member of a growing family of products continues a powerful alliance between Momentum Data Systems, a leading developer of software for audio applications, and Motorola," said Lester Longley, Vice President, Momentum Data Systems. "The resulting product enables consumer equipment companies to offer enhanced features and crystal-clear audio solutions to buyers."

Motorola's DSP56000 and DSP56300 families have been behind the scenes of professional audio in editing and mastering equipment used for a majority of movie soundtracks and CDs. The DSP56362 is also currently being used in a variety of consumer audio products, such as audio/video receivers and DVD, digital television and automotive applications. Motorola provides a silicon and software solution in a single chip that provides multi-channel decoding -- Dolby Digital, DTS or MPEG2 layer 2 -- post decoder processing and Dolby Digital Consumer Encoder (DDCE).

The DSP56362 was the first Symphony audio DSP to utilize the DSP56300 core. With speeds up to 100 MIPS, the DSP56362 provides the capability to handle all the major multi-channel audio decoding standards as well as other audio processing requirements such as subwoofer management, soundfield effects, 3D virtual surrounds, equalization, Lucasfilm THX(R) Cinema processing and Pacific Microsonics HDCD.

The DSP56362 is available now through Motorola. A comprehensive set of development tools is available for the DSP56362. For additional information on Motorola's audio product offering as well as documentation, visit our web site at

About Motorola

As the world's No. 1 producer of embedded processors, Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector offers multiple DigitalDNA(TM) solutions which enable its customers to create new business opportunities in the consumer, networking and computing, transportation, and wireless communications markets. Motorola's worldwide semiconductor sales were $7.3 billion (USD) in l998.

Motorola is a global leader in providing integrated communications solutions and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 1998 were $29.4 (USD) billion.

Note to Editors: Dolby is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories

THX is a registered trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Surround EX is a jointly developed technology of THX and Dolby Laboratories, Inc. Dolby and Surround EX are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories, Inc. Used under authorization.

Symphony is a registered trademark of Motorola Inc. in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

DigitalDNA is a trademark of Motorola Inc.
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