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PHILIPS DCC ENGINEER WINS PRESTIGIOUS TECHNOLOGY PRIZE

PHILIPS DCC ENGINEER WINS PRESTIGIOUS TECHNOLOGY PRIZE
 EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands, July 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Philips Consumer Electronics engineer Abraham Hoogendoorn was awarded the 100,000 German Mark annual prize for technology awarded by the Eduard Rhein Foundation, it was announced Saturday, July 4, in Bonn, Germany.
 Hoogendoorn was honored for his work in the development of the Digital Compact Cassette (DCC) music system, which will be launched worldwide by Philips in September 1992.
 As DCC project leader in the advanced development center of the magnetic recording laboratory at Philips Consumer Electronics in Eindhoven, Hoogendoorn and his team are credited with the development of the new highly efficient digital coding process called "Precision Adaptive Sub-Coding," or "PASC." PASC was designed specifically for DCC. The development of PASC represents a significant breakthrough in audio technology.
 In contrast to traditional PCM digital encoding systems used in CD and DAT which convert entire analog music signals to digital, PASC is modeled on psychoacoustic principles of human hearing. By digitally encoding only frequencies that are above the human threshold of hearing, and at the same time, selectively ignoring weak frequencies that are below the human hearing threshold or those that are overpowered by higher frequencies, PASC permits greatly improved sound quality because it allocates more digital bits to the most audible signals of a given recording.
 Hoogendoorn, 49, was born in Kampen, the Netherlands. In 1967, after receiving his degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Eindhoven, he joined Philips, and has since held technical project leader positions involving oscilloscopes, video recording, CCD video cameras, DAT, and now, DCC.
 The Eduard Rhein Technology Award is given for achievements in research and development in the area of audio and video technology and telecommunications.
 EDITORS: Photographs of the DCC music system and a technical paper on PASC is available upon request.
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 CONTACT: Adam Chasnow of Hill and Knowlton, 212-697-5600, for Philips Consumer Electronics CO: PHILIPS CONSUMER ELECTRONICS IN: CPR -- NY059 -- X793 07/07/92
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