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Panasonic Newsroom TOPPress ReleasePanasonic and Sony Expand HD Digital Video Camera Recorder Format

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Jul 13, 2006

For Immediate Release
Panasonic (Matsushita Electric)
Sony Corporation

Panasonic and Sony Expand HD Digital Video Camera Recorder Format "AVCHD" and Commence Joint Licensing

Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2006--- Panasonic, the brand name for which Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is known, and Sony Corporation (hereafter Sony) announced jointly today the commencement of licensing for "AVCHD," the high definition (HD) digital video camera recorder format, as well as expansion of the format's specifications.

Panasonic and Sony announced basic specifications for "AVCHD" on May 11th this year, and since then have extensively promoted the format throughout the industry while preparing for licensing. Then, the two companies have decided to include memory cards (SD Memory Card and Memory Stick) and hard disk drives as applicable recording media of the format in addition to previously-announced 8cm DVD. This is for the purpose of broadening the range of applicable media, thereby allowing wide variety of products to be developed by various manufacturers. The new specification was defined as "AVCHD" format Version 1.0.

The two companies have also developed licensing programs for playback appliances and PC software in addition to the one for video cameras, so that environment for playing back AVCHD content will be expanded. This will allow users to enjoy shooting high definition footages with their camcorders and playing them back or editing them on a wide range of products.

Licensed Product Category for the "AVCHD" format and logo extend to the following
AVCHD format and logo license for Video Cameras
AVCHD format and logo license for Players
AVCHD format license for PC Software
For more information on "AVCHD" and licensing procedures:
Please visit the AVCHD Information Web Site

Panasonic and Sony have been promoting this format extensively throughout the industry as the new HD digital video camcorder format best suited for the coming High Definition era and the following companies have expressed their support for "AVCHD" to date. Through these licensing programs, Panasonic and Sony will continue promoting "AVCHD" in earnest, with a view to expanding the market for consumer-use HD video camera.

Adobe Systems Incorporated
CyberLink Corporation
InterVideo, Inc.
Nero AG
Sonic Solutions
Ulead Systems, Inc.
   * In alphabetical order

[Specifications for the "AVCHD" format Version 1.0 ]

Recording Media 8cm DVD media/
SD Memory Card/"Memory Stick"/
Hard Disk Drive
Video Video Signal 1080/60i
480/60i 576/50i
(horizontal × vertical)
1280×720 720×480 720×576
Aspect ratio 16:9 16:9 4:3, 16:9 4:3, 16:9
Compression technology MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
sampling frequency
74.25MHz 13.5MHz 13.5MHz
Sampling structure 4:2:0
Quantifying bit number 8 bit (luminance/color contrast)
Audio Compression technology Dolby Digital (AC-3) Linear PCM
Bit rate after compression 64 - 640kbps 1.5Mbps (2 channels)
Audio channels 1-5.1 channels 1-7.1 channels
System MPEG-2 Transport Stream
System bit rate up to 24Mbps

About Panasonic
Best known by its Panasonic brand name, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of US$76.02 billion for the year ended March 31, 2006. The company's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, New York (NYSE:MC), Euronext Amsterdam and Frankfurt stock exchanges. For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand, visit the company's website at

About Sony Corporation
Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and on-line businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading personal broadband entertainment company in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $64 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006. Sony Global Web Site:

For media inquiries:
Panasonic, International PR, Akira Kadota
Panasonic News Bureau
Tel : +81-3-3578-1237
Tel : +81-3-3542-6205
Sony Corporation, Corporate Communications: Tel: +81-3-5448-2200

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