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Dolby Licenses Max Planck Imaging Technology

Dolby Laboratories, a world leader in audio and imaging technologies, has licensed an innovative imaging patent portfolio from the Max Planck Institute for Informatics – The technology relates to High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging and increases the ability of images to show real world light intensities and color levels, while also reducing storage requirements. The technology provides an innovative design which makes it possible to achieve high picture quality from HDR-capable displays, while also providing backward compatibility with existing low-dynamic range (LDR) displays.

Dolby is now aiming to develop the technology for use with next generation displays.

HDR imaging has been used in still photography for years, and is now increasingly used in motion pictures. Pictures are captured using a wide dynamic range from very bright to very dark. The wide capture range can be used to represent real world light intensities and color levels more precisely than prior digital imaging. Resulting higher data volumes require more advanced processing for backward compatibility with LDR systems. Hans-Peter Seidel and Karol Myszkowski, together with their research team from the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, have developed this technology for processing HDR imaging data, which significantly reduces the data volume.

According to Dr. Bernd Ctortecka, Licensing Manager at Max Planck Innovation, “Dolby Laboratories is the perfect match for this invention. Dolby has the capabilities to turn the invention into a great imaging technology for the best entertainment experiences”.


About Dolby Laboratories
Dolby Laboratories (NYSE:DLB) is the global leader in technologies that are essential elements in the best entertainment experiences. Founded in 1965 and best known for high-quality audio and surround sound in environments from the cinema to the living room to mobile devices, Dolby creates innovations that enrich entertainment at the movies, at home, or on the go. For more information about Dolby Laboratories or Dolby technologies, visit www.dolby.com.

About Max Planck Innovation
Max Planck Innovation is responsible for the technology transfer of the Max Planck Society and, as such, serves as a link between industry and basic research. With our interdisciplinary team we advise and support scientists in evaluating their inventions, filing patents, and founding companies. We offer the industry unique access to the innovations of the Max Planck Institutes, and therefore perform an important task: the transfer of basic research results into products, which contributes to economic and social progress.

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