Dolby, Gekko and Sony have all made the shortlist for the 2010 IABM Awards for Excellence in Design and Innovation.

The three manufacturers are nominated for a reference monitor, a multi-chip array technology and a 3D image processor respectively.

They are up against a digital transmitter from Integrated Microwave Technologies and a racking device from Mode-AL.

IABM director general Peter White said: “These awards represent an industry consensus on new outstanding products and technologies that offer a significant contribution to the broadcast and media industry.”

The five finalists for 2010 are:

  • Dolby PRM-4200 (pictured): A professional reference monitor that allows cinema colour grading without a digital cinema projector.
  • Gekko kleer colour: An LED-based multichip array technology allowing LED technology to be employed for lighting film sets and studios.
  • Integrated Microwave Technologies RF Central microLite HD: An MPEG-4-based full HD digital COFDM ultra miniature digital transmitter.
  • Mode-AL Speed Rack: A quick-build alternative to 19-inch racking needing no additional tools or hardware.
  • Sony MPE-200: A 3D stereo image processor giving accurate analysis, control, and manipulation of 3D scenes in real time.

All five will be judged during the IBC2010 exhibition, with the outright winner receiving the prestigious IABM Peter Wayne Award in recognition of this year’s outstanding contribution to broadcasting technology.

A panel of judges will visit the finalists on the show floor to see the products in action.

Judging criteria include innovation, excellent performance, outstanding appearance, and contribution towards quality, ease of use, new capability created, or value for money.

The results will be announced at the IABM Awards Ceremony at IBC2010 on 11 Saturday.