Leading semiconductor and optical pick-up companies to build complementary TrueX DVD drive components
CUPERTINO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 13, 1999--Zen Research N.V. today announced that Infineon Technologies North America Corp. (formerly Siemens Microelectronics, Inc.), and Sanyo Electric Co, LTD, have signed separate license agreements with Zen that will provide each company with the patented technology to produce complementary TrueX DVD drive components. Infineon is licensed to produce Zen-enabled controller chips for DVD and Sanyo is licensed to produce DVD Multibeam(TM) optical pick-ups.
Under the terms of the agreements, each of the licensees has obtained access to key elements of the TrueX and Multibeam technologies in Zen's patent portfolio and the rights to produce and sell Zen-enabled components under their respective brand names.
"Zen Multibeam is an elegant way to advance performance beyond the limitations of conventional single beam technology." said Wolfgang Schlichting, Research Manager, Removable Storage at International Data Corporation. "The Sanyo and Infineon license agreements lend credibility to Zen's TrueX and Multibeam technologies - a step which is necessary in order for the technology to become a standard feature in high performance optical storage devices."
Zen TrueX is a set of patented optical drive technologies that allow CD and DVD drive makers, silicon chip manufacturers and optical pick-up makers to build high performance drives and components. The resulting TrueX enabled drives read multiple tracks of a disk simultaneously, process the data and deliver the information at transfer rates that far exceed the competition. Zen TrueX technology will benefit consumers by allowing drive manufacturers to build drives that live up to the DVD performance promise.
About DVD Technology at Infineon
The Computer & Networking Peripherals business unit at Infineon Technologies has developed a roadmap of innovative systems solutions for the rapidly changing optical DVD drive market that offer a competitive edge in both integration and cost benefits. Infineon has also developed servo firmware to fully support the embedded TriCore(TM) Unified Processor and will provide a complete reference design kit required for the successful engagement with DVD Original Equipment Manufacturers.
"Infineon is focused on enabling this breakthrough TrueX technology to make a big impact on the DVD industry," said Ruediger Stroh, senior vice president and general manager of the Computer & Networking Peripherals Group at Infineon Technologies North America Corp. "We believe this leading-edge effort has significant momentum and we are thrilled to be working together with Sanyo and Zen."
"Sanyo's philosophy is to develop unique technologies that offer superior product alternatives." said Mr. R. Kawasaki, General Manager Optical Pickup Development. "We believe that Zen Multibeam is the next step in the performance evolution of CD and DVD optics."
About Zen Research
Zen Research N.V. is a privately held multinational company that develops ultra high performance optical drive technologies. Zen has a multi-disciplinary research and development team in Israel and a marketing affiliate in the US - Zen Research, Inc., 20400 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, California. Through creative innovation and revolutionary component design, Zen Research has developed True-X and Multibeam technologies for CD and DVD, which dramatically improve optical disc drive performance. The company has been awarded 18 patents on their core technologies. Additional information about Zen Research is available at http://www.zenresearch.com.
Infineon Technologies (formerly Siemens Semiconductor Group), based in Munich, Germany, was ranked by Dataquest as the 10th largest semiconductor manufacturer worldwide in 1998. Infineon provides semiconductor solutions for the telecommunications, automotive, data networking, consumer electronics, and industrial automation markets. The company's comprehensive product portfolio includes integrated system ICs, memory and high frequency components, smart card ICs, discrete semiconductors and power ICs, sensors and fiber optic components. In fiscal 1997/98, the company achieved sales of $3.8 billion (DM 6.7 billion) and employed 25,000 people worldwide. Further information is available at http://www.infineon.com.
Infineon Technologies North America Corp. is the company's North American subsidiary, with headquarters at 1730 North First Street, San Jose, CA 95112. For more information, contact 1(888) 463-4636; (408) 501-6000.
SANYO Electric Company, Ltd., Osaka Japan, is a global leader in a broad range of electronics, communications, and appliances. Sanyo also maintains a leading market share in information systems and components, including optical drive pickups in both read only and read/write configurations. For additional information see http://www.sanyo.co.jp.
Note to Editors: TriCore is a trademark of Infineon Technologies AG. Zen, TrueX, and Multibeam are registered trademarks of Zen Research N.V. Other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.
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