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InterTrust Announces Secure Media Player Development Suite

InterTrust Technologies Corporation (www.intertrust.com) has announced a suite of development tools for media player developers. The company states that the InterTrust Extensible Media (XM) Development Suite provides content owners, multimedia authors, and application developers with a broad set of offerings designed to fast track development of secure music, video and multimedia players.

InterTrust states that it believes that its flexible DRM platform combined with open standard multimedia coding technologies can free developers from closed solutions that are bound to fixed environments. InterTrust also says that this openness may reduce the cost of content production.

MUSICMATCH, RioPort and Envivio have all said that they will use the development suite to build secure music, video and multimedia players with open standards, including MP3, AAC and MPEG-4, leveraging InterTrust's DRM platform.

The development suite is comprised of XM Audio, a secure media plug-in for InterTrust compatible file formats and codecs, XM Developer Kit, an audio player toolkit, and XM MPEG-4 Support, a step towards full support for a secure, open standards-based multimedia infrastructure.

XM Audio will be available on May 15, 2001. XM Developer Kit and an associated developer program will be available late Q2. MPEG-4 support will be available in Q3. The initial XM rollout will debut on Windows, but InterTrust states that it will provide XM for mobile communicators and set top boxes with professional services in mid Q2.

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