Reprinted from a DivXNetworks press release:

DivXNetworks, Inc., the company that created the revolutionary patent-pending DivX (TM) video compression technology, today announced the launch of a new DivX Certified partner program to ensure best-of-class DivX certified solutions for next generation consumer electronics devices.

Four companies were announced as the inaugural suite of official DivX Certified partners: Texas Instruments, Inc (NYSE: TXN) ; Philips (NYSE: PHG) ; Equator Technologies; and Ingenient Technologies. Each company has been officially certified through a rigorous testing process to ensure that their solutions are fully compatible with the entire suite of DivX technologies.

The new DivX Certified partner program was created to certify companies that are working with DivXNetworks to enable the creation of official DivX consumer electronics devices. There are three categories of DivX Certified partners: DivX Certified Hardware Partners, DivX Certified Embedded Software Partners, and DivX Certified Consumer Electronics Devices.

DivX Certification includes a full DivX development kit to help third parties make their existing solutions compatible with DivX technology, or to help them create new solutions from scratch. DivX Certified partner solutions are co-marketed by both companies to consumer electronics manufacturers who want to offer their customers DivX compatibility in next-generation devices. The official DivX Certified solutions will power DivX-enabled products including portable video players, DivX compatible DVD players, digital still cameras, digital video cameras, set-top boxes, home media gateways and more.

“We created the DivX Certification process to guarantee that consumers will receive only the highest-quality experience when they purchase next- generation devices that carry the DivX brand name,” said Jordan Greenhall, co-founder and CEO of DivXNetworks, Inc. ( http://www.divxnetworks.com/ ). “We are providing full development, marketing and sales support to ensure that DivX Certified solutions meet the global demand we’ve seen for high-quality DivX- powered devices.”

As official DivX Certified Hardware partners, Texas Instruments, Philips and Equator Technologies are working closely with DivXNetworks to create DivX certified solutions to power a wide range of next-generation video convergence devices.

“We are excited to join with DivX to ensure our OEMs have the latest video compression technology for their next generation products,” said Raj Chirayil, business development manager, Audio and Infotainment Group, Texas Instruments. “The inherent programmability of TI’s DSP architecture, coupled with DivX’s MPEG-4 technology, makes our solution versatile for a variety of consumer electronics and video-on-demand applications.”

“We are pleased to offer consumer electronics manufacturers the ability to rapidly deploy leading edge streaming media solutions based on Philips’ Nexperia(TM) platform,” said Chris Day, senior marketing director media processing, Philips Semiconductors. “The highly flexible Nexperia platform gives increased opportunities for product differentiation, as well as simplified development and fast design cycles resulting in a shorter time to market.”

“Our customers are looking for robust, high-performance solutions that enable a variety of DivX-compatible devices, from handheld multimedia devices to next-generation Home Media Centers. Our BSP(TM)-15 processor and the DivX Certified partner program together allow us to provide quality solutions that video-centric consumer device manufactures can use today,” said Rich Christopher, senior VP of sales and marketing, Equator Technologies.

The first publicly announced DivX Certified Embedded Software partner, Ingenient Technologies, is working closely with DivXNetworks to deliver DivX video technology to Texas Instruments’ DSP-based products.

“We share DivXNetworks’ focus on creating and delivering high performance digital video technology, and the global market acceptance and unsurpassed quality of DivX video provide a welcome addition to our growing embedded software product offerings,” said Sami Levi, president and CEO, Ingenient Technologies.

DivX MPEG-4 compatible video compression technology was hailed as a “revolutionary product” by Tom’s Hardware Guide and has been downloaded over 65 million times. The new DivX Certified Partner Program was created to enable the development of official DivX-enabled consumer electronics products to meet the global demand for high-quality DivX convergence devices. For more information on DivX certification process, visit http://www.divx.com/certified .

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