Welcome to Philips’ Super Audio CD player joint licensing program – use the navigation on the right to find all the relevant information related to this program.

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Super Audio CD Player Patent License

We offer patent licenses to manufacturers of Super Audio CD players. A joint license provides Super Audio CD player manufacturers with all the required Philips and Sony patents relating to the CD-ROM system and the CD-Text mode in a convenient single package. Separate licenses are also offered by Sony under each of their respective patents. For information the conditions of separate licenses under patents of Sony, please contact the respective company directly.

A Philips-only license can be obtained that covers the Philips patents for Super Audio CD players. For full details, click Super Audio CD Player (Philips only)

For the dedicated Sony License Program see :


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Detailed Description

The detailed terms and conditions of the licensing program are described in the patent license agreement that you can find in the patents/agreements section.

Some important information:
The joint Super Audio CD Player Patent License Agreement comprises the essential patents of Philips and Sony. A worldwide list of the essential patents, together with applicable expiry dates, is attached to the agreement. Under the terms of the standard license agreement we only will require payment of royalties for patents where any of these are actually used – in other words, either in the country of manufacture or in the country of sale.

Super Audio CD player licensees have at all times the option to transfer to the latest version of the Super Audio CD Player Patent License Agreement. In the event of such transfer, Philips shall not require payment of the entrance fee under the new license agreement.

Reference copies of the current version of the Philips Super Audio CD Player Patent License Agreement, together with the relevant annexes, including worldwide patent lists, can be found in the patents/agreements section and the annexes section.

Super Audio CD

Super Audio CD takes digital audio sound quality to new levels, incorporating many of the best features of analog recording within a highly advanced digital technology.

Flexible distribution medium

The Super Audio CD format allows for three types of disc: single layer, dual layer and hybrid. The first two are high density (HD) formats which play only on Super Audio CD players, while the hybrid combines an HD layer and a conventional CD layer which makes the disc play in Super Audio CD- and standard CD players. With this variety of disc constructions, Super Audio CD is an extremely versatile format offering the creative community a wide choice of what to provide on a disc. Super Audio CD provides both superb stereo and multi-channel reproduction: with no down-mixing to stereo required in multi-channel mode, each of the six channels delivers full Super Audio CD quality for an outstanding three-dimensional listening experience.

As an example of the possibilities, a fully loaded hybrid Super Audio CD contains up to three complete 74 minute versions of the music:

- stereo Super Audio CD program

- multi-channel (5, 5.1, or 6 channel) Super Audio CD program

- stereo CD program and there is also a provision for content enrichments on the disc.

Hybrid format for backwards compatibility
The hybrid construction supported by the SACD specification enables record labels to market discs containing both Super Audio CD and conventional CD content.

This potential for backwards compatibility means hybrid Super Audio CDs can be used in the massive installed base of almost one billion CD players. Consumers benefit from Super Audio CD's exceptional performance and multi-channel capabilities, while still being able to listen to part of the content on standard CD systems. The result is a distribution medium which safeguards consumer investments in their existing music collections and ensures a smooth migration path from standard CD to Super Audio CD.

Direct Stream Digital Interchange File Format (DSDIFF)

For optimum data transfer between the various Audio processing stages an interchange format is needed.

In the CD Audio domain PCM is the data format, and AIFF is the Audio Interchange File Format. For Super Audio CD Direct Stream Digital (DSD) is used as data format, and the interchange format is DSDIFF, which conforms as much as possible to the AIFF principles.

Patents / Agreements

Below you find patent lists and relevant agreements for Super Audio CD Player.

Super Audio CD Player Patent lists 
The essential patents and their expiry dates. Please click the link to open the PDF file.

Super Audio CD Player/Super AudioCD
Exhibit A Super Audio CD Player/Super Audio CD Part Philips

Exhibit A Super Audio CD Player/Super Audio CD Part Sony

Super Audio CD Player/General CD part
Exhibit B1 Super Audio CD Player/General CD Part

Super Audio CD Player/CD Text part
Exhibit B2 Super Audio CD Player/CD Text Part

+ link to change history of patent lists.

Reference copies of current version of the Super Audio CD Player Patent License Agreement. Please click the link to open the PDF file.

These versions are intended for prospective licensees:

Super Audio CD Player Patent License Agreement
+ Manufacturer located in U.S.A
Super Audio CD Player Patent License Agreement (Philips/Sony)- USA -

+ Manufacturer located in Rest of the World
Super Audio CD Player Patent License Agreement (Philips/Sony)- Rest of the World -

Super Audio CD Disc Copy Protection Agreement
Super Audio CD Copy Protection Agreement

Super Audio CD Confidentiality and Non Disclosure Agreement
Super Audio CD Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement for Highly Confidential Information

To view Royalty Reporting Forms, Audit Guidelines, Manufacturing Equipment list and Side Letters go to section Annexes

Pricing Information

The royalty rate is determined by one key factor:

1) Status of the licensee
If the company fulfills certain conditions, such as complete, true and accurate reporting and timely payment, reward rates are available. Otherwise the standard rate applies.

Note of caution
Compliance reward royalty rates are only made available to licensees who are in FULL compliance with their obligations under the license agreement.

Regular Super Audio
CD Player
Standard rate
Compliant reward
Super Audio CD 1.50 USD N.A.

Note: In the event of any discrepancy in respect of the above information with relevant license agreements, the license agreements shall prevail. All terms and conditions will be subject to relevant license agreements.

Overview of royalty rates for all formats
+ link to overview of royalty rates for all formats

Services / Information

Ordering & Services:
We provide a number of services for optical disc and drive manufacturers. These include:
· Physical and logical verification
· Specification documents
· Test discs
· Tools

. Ordering specifications

For more information go to the Ordering & Services section

Unified Cutting Master Format for Super Audio CD.
To enable the introduction of a new generation of Super Audio CD tools for authoring and mastering of such discs, Philips and Sony released a common Cutting Master Format, the interface between Authoring (in Audio studios) and mastering (in disc replication facilities).

The specification of the Super Audio CD Cutting Master Format version 1.01, dated October 2004.



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