3D@Home Consortium celebrates that its membership now totals 40 companies as it continues to increase its activity in all phases of 3D content creation, distribution, marketing, education and products.   Newest members to the consortium include General Display Technologies, NXP Semiconductor and Micronas.  A full list of members is available on the consortium website at www.3DatHome.org. The board of directors of the 3D@Home Consortium also elected Richard (Rick) Dean of THX Ltd., to serve a two-year term as chairman of this rapidly expanding industry group.  Joining THX on the board of directors is Howard Postley from 3ality Digital.  These companies join existing board members from Intel, LG Electronics, Philips, Samsung, Sigma Designs and Sony Electronics to provide governance to the consortium.

New consortium chair Rick Dean has been with THX, a spin-out of Lucasfilm, for more than 10 years, currently serving as vice president of technology.  THX was originally chartered with leveraging technology to maximize artistry in sounds and pictures.  Over the course of his career, he has been involved in many technical evolutions of picture and sound for motion pictures in the cinema and home.  More recently, he has been working on THX Media Director, a technology that aims to turn digital media into smart content that communicates directly with AV components to enable automatic configuration for the best playback experience for any level of consumer. 

“I am excited to join the 3D@Home Consortium and work closely with leaders in 3D content creation, distribution and consumer electronics,” said Dean. “The 3D experience offers exciting enhancements to movies, games and live events.  Our goal is to continue the great work already underway by consortium members, as well as support the development needs, best practices and educational tools to ensure 3D in the home fulfills its promise to consumers.”  

“Rick Dean, Howard Postley and the other new member companies are tremendous additions to the consortium,” commented Mark Hartney, managing director of 3D@Home. “All bring valuable experiences in technology introductions and extensive knowledge in elements needed to produce and deliver 3D content to the home.  Their perspectives on the market, on product development, and how best to guide the consortium will ensure our projects are relevant and benefit the entire industry.” 

3D@Home’s next quarterly membership meeting is scheduled at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention April 20-23, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nev.  Also, the consortium will be co-sponsoring the 3D Pavilion on the NAB exhibit floor.  Members of the media are invited to visit the 3D Pavilion and interviews can be arranged by contacting Heidi Hoffman at heidi.hoffman@flextech.org