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New Codec Alliance: Elecard Joins MainConcept

Combined forces will create global codec leader (March 31, 2005)

MainConcept AG, a leader in video codecs and editing technology, today announced that it has joined forces with Elecard, a leading codec development company located in Tomsk, Russia. The Elecard team will enable MainConcept to enhance its product line and bring new technologies to market quickly. By more than doubling the size of its development and support team, MainConcept will be able to expand into many additional codec markets while maintaining the level of service that clients have come to expect.

Established in 1993 in Aachen, Germany, MainConcept is widely recognized as a leader in codecs including Motion JPEG, DV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, HD, H.264 AVC, AAC, and an upcoming VC-1 solution. Renowned licensees including Adobe, Discreet, Grass Valley/Thomson, Microsoft/Microsoft TV, Panasonic, Siemens, Sonic Solutions, Sony and many more leading companies, have ensured MainConcept a top market position in video codec and multimedia technology.

Formed in 1995, Elecard has a successful track record of developing codecs including MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264 AVC, JPEG 2000, various streaming codecs, and porting to a wide number of DSP platforms. The company also has extensive experience creating stream analysis tools, device drivers and various custom products.

?We are very proud that Elecard joins our efforts at the forefront of digital video compression, said MainConcept founder and CEO Markus Moenig. ?Elecard is a strong team with many years of video coding experience. Together we will build on the success of MainConcept and will be even more able to create leading MPEG, H.264 and VC-1 solutions for a wide variety of platforms.

?The combined forces of Elecard and MainConcept offer an excellent opportunity to harness the power of two video compression leaders, said Elecard founder and CEO Andrey Posdnyakov. ?We are not just doubling the size of the development team; together with MainConcept we are creating one of the most powerful R&D teams in the digital video technology world.

Members of the newly expanded team will be showcasing MainConcepts new H.264 DSP solution and other products in booth SL 4536 at NAB2005, April 18-21 in Las Vegas.

About MainConcept
MainConcept is a worldwide leader in codecs and video editing technologies for e.g. personal computers, set-top boxes and various DSP-based solutions. The company offers SDKs which make it easy for companies to implement codecs and other multimedia features with minimal research and development. MainConcept also has a line of innovative end-user video editing and compositing software which is also available for OEM bundling.

MainConcept AG is headquartered in Aachen, Germany, where it was founded and has operated for 12 years. The U.S. subsidiary, MainConcept LLC, was established in 2001 in Beachwood, Ohio. In 2002 Technology Joint Corporation (TJC) located in Osaka, Japan, became the exclusive MainConcept distributor for the Asian-Pacific region.

For additional information, visit the company's website at

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