08.27.2006 08:00 AM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Dolby Laboratories and MIPS Technologies to deliver future of audio technology

MIPS Technologies and Dolby Laboratories jointly announced plans to 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 newest home entertainment audio technology designed for HD programming and media. The system provides the same quality as today’s Dolby Digital, but requires less bandwidth and maintains compatibility with 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 multichannel audio performance.

The MIPS-optimized Dolby Digital Plus audio codec provides system-on-a-chip (SoC) designers rapid, 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.

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, Dolby-approved, MIPS-optimized version.

For more information, please visit www.mips.com/content/Products/SystemIP/SoftAudio/DDPlus and www.dolby.com.

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