Philips, Microsoft Ink Nexperia Deal

Philips and Microsoft have inked a nonexclusive deal that would enable users to share content between Windows-based PCs and Philips Nexperia line of semiconductors.

Philips plans to support Microsoft Windows Media audio and video and Windows Media Digital Rights Manager (DRM) 10 technology in its Nexperia line for use in digital media receivers, DVRs, portable audio players, IP STBs and video phones, according to the company. Later this year, the two companies' technologies will be available for in-car entertainment and next-generation DTVs.

Philips will also add Windows Media to currently supported formats in its Mobile Infotainment and Streamium consumer products. To ensure that customers can access their favorite movies, songs and other subscriber-based digital content, Philips is obtaining PlaysForSure verification--a Microsoft logo that indicates compatibility between devices and music services--for its products.