Dolby Laboratories and MIPS Technologies Deliver Next-Generation Audio Technology for Set-Top Box, H 
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Monday, 14 August 2006

MIPS Technologies, Inc. and Dolby Laboratories, Inc. today announced that the companies will deliver next-generation audio technology across all segments of home entertainment, including the set-top box, HD DVD, and Blu-ray Disc markets. MIPS Technologies is the first processor IP company to support the new Dolby Digital Plus technology. The newly optimized codec from Dolby Laboratories has been approved for use with all MIPS32 processor cores. Dolby Digital Plus is Dolby's next-generation home entertainment audio technology designed for high-definition programming and media. Providing the same high quality available today with Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus requires less bandwidth and maintains compatibility with millions of existing Dolby Digital receivers. Additionally, Dolby Digital Plus has the power and flexibility to maximize the full audio potential of the newest HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc formats -- so listeners get even higher-quality audio, more channels, and superior multi-channel audio performance.

The MIPS-optimized Dolby Digital Plus audio codec provides system-on-a-chip (SoC) designers a more rapid and low-risk methodology for deploying the latest audio technology. The codec is an essential component of SoCs designed for HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc players as well as set-top box applications -- markets where MIPS Technologies has significant market dominance. "With the increased levels of sophistication in the Dolby Digital Plus format, chip design is more intricate and requires a considerable amount of time to implement, optimize, and approve for consumer SoCs," said Page Haun, worldwide director, broadcast segment, Dolby Laboratories. "We're pleased that our joint efforts with MIPS Technologies will result in a process that will reduce months of engineering time, decrease risk, and dramatically accelerate time-to-market for silicon designers using industry-standard MIPS cores."

"We're delighted to continue working with one of the long-time industry leaders in advanced audio technology," said Jack Browne, vice president of marketing for MIPS Technologies. "The availability of Dolby Digital Plus for our MIPS cores helps our customers gain an essential time-to-market advantage and provides both companies with market opportunities in home entertainment applications where MIPS Technologies already enjoys a dominant presence."

Dolby Digital Plus technology optimized for all MIPS32 processor cores is available immediately as part of MIPS Technologies' comprehensive Soft Audio Suite. SoC designers with a Dolby license for Dolby Digital Plus can now replace their Dolby software with a pre-tested MIPS-optimized version that has been approved by Dolby.

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