DDD was founded in Perth, Australia in 1993. Focus was on research and development until commercialization occurred in 2003, when DDD licensed its TriDef 3D suite of software to Sharp for deployment on its revolutionary 3D laptop PC – the Sharp Actius RD3D. From the beginning the investment community was attracted by the commercial potential of 3D, and the power and portability of DDD’s software and content capabilities across a variety of 3D displays.
Originally listed in 1994 on the Alberta Stock Exchange, which later became the Canadian Venture Exchange, DDD raised US$22 million between 1994 and 2001. In January 2002, DDD migrated its listing to the United Kingdom and simultaneously completed an IPO on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (“AIM”), raising an additional US$10 million. Further strategic investments have taken place since the IPO. DDD’s largest shareholder is presently Arisawa Manufacturing Co., Ltd. of Japan, a Tokyo Stock Exchange listed company. DDD’s second largest shareholder is Wistron Corporation, which is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange. Wistron manufactures billions of dollars of consumer devices annually, including notebook PCs, LCD TVs and smart phones for leading brands including Acer, Dell, HP, Sony, Toshiba and Blackberry.
2013 – Marks DDD’s 20th Year in 3D!
- Chinese manufacturer Qingyuan Gadmei Electronics licenses TriDef 3D mobile solutions for its new range of glasses-free 3D tablets
- Yabazam launches 1st 3D movie subscription services, and expands Smart TV app into a total of 13 countries.
- DDD commences trading on the OTCQX marketplace in the United States, making it easier for US investors to trade in the stock. Coinciding with the listing, DDD presented at the LD MICRO Growth Conference, introducing the DDD story to the US micro-cap investment community.
- 3D gaming technology launches in China’s i-Cafes using TriDef 3D solutions.
- In its first network television deal, Yabazam teams with WealthTV to bring luxury and lifestyle entertainment to Yabazam’s 3D lineup.
- Yabazam releases Safety Geeks:SVI on Blu-ray 3D via Amazon.com.
- Demand for TriDef 3D grows, with over 19 million 3D TVs, PCs and mobile phones shipped by DDD’s licensees worldwide.
- LG launches the Optimus 3D Max smartphone, featuring TriDef 3D for 2D to 3D video conversion, in Europe and Korea.
- DDD brings streaming 3D movies to television with the launch of its Yabazam 3D app for LG and Samsung 3D Smart TVs.
- DDD wins “Best Technology” for TriDef 3D at AIM Awards in London. AIM is the London Stock Exchange’s international market for smaller growing companies. This award is given to the company which reflects the innovation and entrepreneurial skills that are the cornerstone of the AIM culture.
- TriDef 3D PC game and video products licensed to Chimei Innolux for 3D PC LCDs.
- DDD licenses TriDef 3D conversion software to Intel for use with its 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processor PC platforms.
- DDD licenses TriDef 3D conversion software to Texas Instruments (TI) for use on TI’s OMAP™ applications processors for mobile devices.
- LG Electronics licenses TriDef 3D PC game and video software products for its notebook PCs and desktop PC monitors.
- DDD partners with Intel, Samsung, AMD and Sharp to showcase 3D PCs, TVs and mobile devices, along with Yabazam 3D content at the 2011 Consumer Electronics show.
- Quartics and DDD expand license to incorporate TriDef 3D conversion software into Qvu video processor platforms for HD TVs, PCs and other consumer electronic devices.
- AMD uses TriDef 3D conversion solution to power new AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 family of graphics processors.
- More than one million units containing TriDef 2D to 3D conversion solution shipped by licensees in the TV and PC markets in first two quarters.
- Lenovo launched the Ideapad Y560d, their first 3D laptop incorporating the full TriDef Experience software.
- Fujitsu launched a 3D All-in-One PC in the Japanese market with DDD’s TriDef Ignition gaming software support.
- Samsung’s license agreement is extended to allow for use of the 2D-3D conversion technology in other products including: PC monitors and Blu-Ray players.
- DDD completed an additional £3.5m fund-raising via a placing of 14,000,000 ordinary shares at a price of 25p each per share. Directors and existing large shareholders subscribed to the placing in addition to several institutional holders.
- Samsung launched a 3D mobile phone the SCH-W960 incorporating Yabazam content from Dzignlight Studios (“Stereoscopic Skydiving”) in the content bundle that is prepackaged with the phone.
- Samsung launched first mass market 3D televisions in USA followed by world-wide and quickly absorbs 90% of the 3D-TV market share. Estimates are for 2-2.6m units for 2010. The royalty rates to use DDD’s IP in Samsung’s TVs was renegotiated to allow them to use the DDD 2D to 3D conversion in a broader range of devices including 32-37” 3D TVs.
- Intel’s CEO demonstrated DDD’s 2D to 3D game conversion capabilities as part of his keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Intel’s engineers worked closely with DDD’s engineers to optimize the performance of the TriDef 3D software on Intel’s latest notebook and desktop processors.
- Yabazam.com 3D movie portal launched. Visitors to Yabazam can preview and download a wide range of specially made high definition 3D movies that are compatible with DDD’s TriDef 3D Experience PC software.
- Acer launched the Aspire 5738DG 3D notebook PC. The Acer Cinereal 3D entertainment application is based on DDD’s TriDef 3D software and enables consumers to play popular PC games in 3D, watch 2D DVDs in 3D and automatically convert photos and videos to 3D. Over 70,000 Acer Aspire 3D notebooks were manufactured in the seven months ending March 31st, 2010.
- Signed first implementation license agreement with Irvine-based Quartics Inc., allowing Quartics to include DDD’s automatic 2D to 3D conversion with their Qvu range of DTV video processing chips.
- Completed an additional £1.7m fund-raising via a placing of 20,000,000 ordinary shares at a price of 8.5p each per share. Directors and existing large shareholders subscribed to the placing in addition to six new institutional holders.
- The United States Patent and Trademark office granted DDD’s Dynamic Depth Cueing 3D encoding and transmission patent.
- Launch of TriDef Ignition game solution allowing 3D conversion of the latest PC Games to 3D and the introduction of the high performance Virtual 3D mode enabling games to be played in 3D on PCs without graphics cards from AMD and nVIDIA.
- Memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with Wistron Corporation in relation to the licensing by DDD of its range of TriDef 3D solutions to Wistron and an equity investment by Wistron in DDD
- Hyundai IT licenses TriDef 3D Experience software for bundling with Hyundai’s range of desktop PC 3D monitors.
- Samsung proceeds with development and manufacture of low-cost 3D chips using DDD technology.
- Samsung licenses DDD PC software/content for 3D-enabled plasma HDTV range in 29 language territories worldwide.
- Delivery of TriDef Core 3D display processor for Hyundai IT/Arisawa 3D LCD HDTV.
- Launch of Samsung SCH-B710 3D phone.
- DDD 3D solution for Samsung DLP TVs.
- 2D to 3D Conversion for Cartoon Network 3D Halloween broadcast.
- Hans Snook joins the board of DDD. Hans was the founder and CEO of global mobile telephone network operator Orange from 1994 – 2001, was the Chairman of Carphone Warehouse from 2002 – 2005 and is currently the Chairman of MonsterMob, a leading media and entertainment company which specializes in the sale of mobile telephone entertainment content and services with operations in 20 countries and connectivity to 38 mobile network carriers.
- DDD completes $2.25m fundraising and Elliott Associates sells the majority of its stake in the Group.
- DDD and Arisawa Manufacturing team with Digital Playground at the Adult Entertainment Exposition in Las Vegas. This was the first public demonstration of the TriDef RealTV 3D television solution which combines DDD’s TriDef Vision+ set top box, which converts 2D content to 3D in real time, with Arisawa’s range of PC and home theatre 3D displays.
- DDD and Jamster! sign an MOU whereby Jamster provides, and DDD converts, images and animations from 2D to 3D. The resulting 3D content library will be available from Jamster!, other mobile content aggregators and directly from the mobile telephone network operators in conjunction with the launch of the first 3D handsets powered by the DDD Mobile content solution.
- DDD secures first 3D mobile phone licensee. One of the world’s top five mobile telephone handset manufacturers has entered into a 3D software development agreement with DDD worth $900,000. DDD and the handset manufacturer also entered into a licensing agreement that will allow the handset manufacturer to ship DDD Mobile with each handset, yielding a per unit royalty to DDD.
- DDD launches DDD Mobile which allows for the automatic conversion of 2D content to 3D for presentation on 3D capable mobile phones.
- Dr. Sanji Arisawa joins the DDD Group plc board as a non-executive director representing Arisawa Manufacturing Co., Ltd. which became the Company’s largest shareholder (20%) as a result of a strategic investment made in late 2004.
- DDD and Sharp Corporation of Japan expand their software licensing agreement, which was originally entered into in Q3 2003, to include DDD’s TriDef DVD Player in the standard bundle shipped with Sharp’s Actius AL3D 3D notebook PC. Sharp Corporation represents the first licensee of TriDef DVD Player and an important milestone for DDD since the ability to easily view today’s popular content in 3D is critical to the future growth of the market for 3D display products.
- Strategic investment of US$2 million from and joint marketing agreement with Tokyo Stock Exchange listed Arisawa Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Arisawa is a key global supplier of optical materials to the rear projection television market and of flexible circuit boards to the mobile telephone market. The joint marketing agreement calls for the integration of DDD’s range of TriDef software solutions with Arisawa’s range of 3D displays. The joint marketing agreement also includes a development agreement under which DDD will deliver a hardware chip version of its recently announced real-time 2D-to-3D conversion capability. The hardware converter will allow the video signal from DVD players, satellite, cable and terrestrial broadcasts to be converted to 3D in real-time for presentation on Arisawa’s 3D displays.
- Development and delivery of the TriDef Movie Encoder software application for Sharp Systems of America. Movie Encoder is a 3D movie authoring solution capable of supporting the majority of today’s popular 3D video formats. Movie Encoder allows the 3D output from computer animation packages to be played on the Sharp Actius RD3D laptop PC and Sharp’s recently launched LL-151-3D desktop LCD display.
- DDD launches the ‘killer application’ for the consumer with the TriDef DVD Player which allows for the viewing of any DVD movie in glasses-free 3D on a 3D capable display, complementing DDD’s traditional 2D to 3-D conversion service that provide the optimal 3D experience.
- DDD receives the second component of its European patent award for “Dynamic Depth Cueing” relating to the encoding of 3D content alongside 2D content allowing for efficient transmission over existing networks and backwards compatibility.
- DDD and nWave Pictures enter into a three-year, worldwide, non-exclusive licensing agreement for four original, feature-length 3D films.
- DDD and Sharp Corporation of Japan enter into a three-year, worldwide, non-exclusive licensing agreement for the inclusion of DDD’s TriDef Movie Player, TriDef Photo Viewer and TriDef Visualizer software on the hard drive of the world’s first switchable 2D/3D glasses-free notebook PC; the Sharp Actius RD3D. DDD sub-licenses to Sharp Corporation, from nWave Pictures, one original, feature-length 3D film and four original 3-D trailers which DDD has encoded into the TriDef format for playback on the Sharp Actius RD3D.
- DDD receives the first component of its European patent award for “Dynamic Depth Cueing” relating to the conversion of content from 2D to 3D.
- The Boeing Company features DDD’s TriDef software and content conversion on glasses-free 3D displays at the Farnborough Air Show.
- DDD raises $10 million in an IPO on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market and de-lists from the Canadian Venture Exchange.
- DDD sells first glasses-free 3D display to Disney Imagineering.
- Apple Computer Inc. licenses DDD’s stereo 3D plug-in and makes it available through the component download feature in QuickTime5.
- IMAX® 3D film Siegfried and Roy premiered at the Giant Screen Theatre Association’s annual meeting, containing sequences converted from 2D to 3D by DDD
- Motorola (then General Instrument Corporation) invests US$1.9 million in the Group as part of a US$2.5 million investment round.
- In partnership with IMAGICA USA, DDD digitally converted test shots of nWave Pictures’ giant screen 3D film Ocean of Light from 2D to 3D.
- DDD’s research and development facility in Perth, Western Australia moves into new premises equipped with state-of-the-art software development, content conversion and telecommunications equipment.
- DDD converted segments of Showscan’s giant screen thrill ride films from 2D to 3D in conjunction with IMAGICA USA.
- U.S. subsidiary formed and office opened in Santa Monica, California.
- The movie trailer for IMAX 3D movie Everest was converted to 3D and screened at the annual Giant Screen Theater Association conference in Sydney, Australia.
- Elliott Associates, L. P., through the Liverpool Limited Partnership and Westgate International, L.P., makes a follow-on investment in the Group of US$5.1 million.
- Partnership for IMAX 3D film conversion work with IMAGICA USA, Los Angeles, California announced.
- Partnership for 3D film conversion work with IMAGICA Corporation of Japan announced.
- Elliott Associates, L. P., through the Liverpool Limited Partnership and Westgate International, L.P., makes an initial investment in the Group of US$1.5 million.
- Reverse acquisition into a Canadian shell company lists the Group on the Alberta Stock Exchange which later became the Canadian Venture Exchange.
- DDD signs a development agreement with Samsung Electronics for prototype 3D displays.
- Founding of the Group as TrueVision, with a subsequent name change to Xenotech and, ultimately, DDD.