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Timeline

2016
  • Licensed Total Technology to CVTE, Haier, PPTV, Sharp and 70+ new brands
2015
  • First dbx-tv Total Technology enabled TVs in the US, North and South America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East and Japan
2014
  • First sound base manufacturer added
2013
  • First TV IC manufacturer added
  • First global TV manufacturer added
2012
  • dbx-tv Total Cal introduced at International Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

2011

  • dbx-tv Total Sonics introduced at International Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

2010

  • dbx-tv audio enhancement technologies demonstrated at International Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

2009

  • dbx-tv Total Volume technology demonstrated at International Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

2008

  • Executed 25th license under digital licensing program

2006

  • Worldwide TV-audio decoder passed global field testing, and began shipping in ICs

2005

  • THAT developed Verilog-based consumer decoder for worldwide legacy audio standards (BTSC, NICAM, A2, EIAJ, FM Stereo)
  • Signed first worldwide licensees

2004

  • Original dbx-tv noise reduction system patent expired worldwide
  • Original licensing program ended; digital licensing program continues
  • THAT began licensing Verilog-based BTSC IP to IC makers

2003

  • THAT and ESP partnered to extend set of Verilog-based IP to cover all BTSC markets (pro/consumer encoding/decoding)

2002

  • THAT exclusively acquired Verilog BTSC encoder code and patents from ESP
  • THAT began licensing code and expanded patent portfolio

2001

  • THAT converted BTSC encoder to licensing model; Signed several licensees
  • THAT stopped making hardware BTSC encoders

1997

  • THAT signed first digital BTSC license (consumer decoding)
  • ESP designed first Verilog-based BTSC solution (broadcast encoder)
  • ESP applied for patent protection for its encoder design

1996

  • THAT developed digital broadcast BTSC encoder (DSP-based, sold in hardware form)
  • THAT applied for broad patent protection based on this work

1994

  • THAT acquired dbx licenses and portfolio of all dbx patents

1989

  • THAT Corp founded as spin-off of dbx Inc.

1984

  • BTSC standard adopted in US
  • dbx Inc. patented the original dbx-tv noise reduction system (US patent 4,539,526) and licensed TV-set and VCR makers worldwide to use its patent portfolio & the dbx trademark