Philips opens first Authorized Test Center in Europe for HDMI compliance testing

Authorized Test Center increases global testing capacity to help speed delivery of HDMI-compliant solutions to market

Eindhoven, The Netherlands, May 25, 2005 –Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) today announced it has opened the first Authorized Test Center (ATC) in Europe for high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI™)-compliant products. The site – in Caen, France – is the third HDMI ATC to be opened worldwide, and will improve global testing capacity and help speed the delivery of HDMI-compliant solutions to market. This announcement signifies Philips’ commitment to driving the adoption of HDMI technology, which offers the Connected Consumer superior image quality for next-generation TV. Furthermore, HDMI offers a simple and secure way to connect audio and video equipment and install home theater systems compatible with new HD standards.

Adoption of HDMI technology is growing rapidly. According to market analyst firm In-Stat, approximately 3 million TV sets were installed with HDMI connectors in 2004, representing 18 percent market share of the digital TV space. By 2006, the analyst firm expects HDMI to be installed in approximately 20 million TV sets, bumping market share to 42 percent. According to guidelines from the HDMI consortium, all manufacturers are required to test a sampling of their HDMI products at an ATC. Until now, manufacturers have only had two ATCs to rely on – one based in Japan and the other in North America. By opening the testing facility in Caen, Philips is increasing global testing capacity for HDMI-compliant solutions. This will help manufacturers meet market demand for HDMI technology with tested solutions that guarantee compliance with the HDMI specifications and interoperability with other HDMI solutions.

“Philips, a founding member of the HDMI consortium, has already demonstrated its commitment to HDMI technology by introducing a complete family of HDMI-compliant receiver ICs and support tools for next-generation TV,” said Patrick Lejoly, system and application manager for Philips Semiconductors’ data converters product line. “Opening an Authorized Test Center is the next logical step for Philips to improve compliance of HDMI products and speed up their appearance on the market. It is also an answer to growing demand from HDMI manufacturers for a world-class ATC facility located in Europe.”

The Philips ATC will comply with the rules edited by the HDMI consortium.

Additional information on the HDMI ATC operating rules and conditions can be found on the HDMI consortium site:

appliance testing can be obtained by contacting or visiting the Web site for the ATC at hdmi_atc/index.html .

About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is one of the world’s biggest electronics companies and Europe’s largest, with sales of EUR 30.3 billion in 2004. With activities in the three interlocking domains of healthcare, lifestyle and technology and 160,900 employees in more than 60 countries, it has market leadership positions in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring, color television sets, electric shavers, lighting and silicon system solutions. News from Philips is located at