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Trident to license MEMC patents to TV OEMs

Posted: 08 Sep 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MEMC patents  high-definition  TV OEMs 

Trident Microsystems Inc. plans to license several of its Motion Estimation/Motion Compensation (MEMC) patents to TV OEMs and consumer electronics semiconductor providers. These MEMC patents are essential to enhancing picture quality of LCD displays in televisions, computer monitors, tablet computers, mobile phones and other consumer electronics devices.

Currently, Trident possesses a comprehensive portfolio of patents that are foundational to the consumer electronics industry's ability to deliver high-quality video images, as a result of it's recent acquisitions including TV and audio product lines from Micronas, and the set-top box and TV product lines from NXP B.V. Trident also plans to create a limited number of licences available to customers and competitors to allow them to incorporate the MEMC technology originally pioneered and patented by Philips for use in their consumer video devices. The patented MEMC technology provides judder-free and blur-free display of high definition and 3D images for high-quality televisions and other video-enabled LCD display devices, and has now become a must-have standard approach to picture quality.

Trident's chief technology officer, Duane Northcutt says, "Our goal is to establish licence agreements with major players in the industry and enable those companies to incorporate these MEMC capabilities into their products in the future."

The company has not disclosed financial details of its licensing programme, as yet.

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