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Dolby Technology to Power the Sound of the Wii Console
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 21, 2006 -- Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) announced today that the Wii gaming console from Nintendo Co., Ltd. will use Dolby® Pro Logic II technology to offer gamers an immersive surround sound experience.
"The Wii console will break down the walls that separate gamers from everyone else" said Koji Kondo, Manager, Sound Group, Entertainment Analysis and Development Division, Nintendo Co., Ltd. "Sound is a key part of this equation and because Wii supports Dolby Pro Logic II surround sound technology, we think everyone can have a great audio experience."
"Dolby Pro Logic II technology ensures that the Wii console can offer rich, immersive surround sound, which is essential to a great gaming experience," said John Griffin, Marketing Director, Games, Dolby Laboratories. "We're looking forward to hearing how great Nintendo's games sound at launch."
Nintendo has announced that the Wii console will be available in North America on November 19, in Japan on December 2, 2006 and in Europe on December 8, 2006.
About Dolby Laboratories
Dolby Laboratories (NYSE:DLB) develops and delivers products and technologies that make the entertainment experience more realistic and immersive. For four decades Dolby has been at the forefront of defining high-quality audio and surround sound in cinema, broadcast, home audio systems, cars, DVDs, headphones, games, televisions, and personal computers. Based in San Francisco with European headquarters in England, the company has entertainment industry liaison offices in New York and Los Angeles, and licensing liaison offices in London, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. For more information about Dolby Laboratories or Dolby technologies, please visit www.dolby.com.
Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding the expected commercial availability of the Wii gaming console; the capabilities and benefits of Dolby technologies, including Dolby Pro Logic II, and their application to the video gaming experience; the anticipated or potential benefits that consumers and others may derive from these technologies; the anticipated market acceptance of these technologies in the video gaming market; and potential future uses for these technologies in video gaming generally are "forward-looking statements" that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations. The following important factors, without limitation, could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements: risks associated with building market acceptance of and demand for surround sound technologies in video games and video game consoles; competition involving sound technologies in the video game market; rapid changes in surround sound technologies for the video game market; risks associated with the introducing new products to consumers; the development of industry standards for sound technologies in the video gaming market and the ability to have Dolby technologies adopted as industry standards therein; and other risks detailed in Dolby's Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including the risks identified under the section captioned "Risk Factors" in its annual report on Form 10-K and its most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q. Dolby disclaims any obligation to update information contained in these forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
Dolby, Pro Logic, and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners.
Wii is a trademark of Nintendo.
Sean Durkin, 415-645-5176
Emily Senk, 415-365-0365