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Dolby Laboratories Celebrates Fifth Anniversary at New Japan Office

May 12, 2003

Technical conference for licensees will focus on the full range of Dolby technologies

Tokyo, May 12, 2003--Dolby Laboratories today begins a two-day technical conference for Dolby licensees, commemorating the fifth anniversary of the company's current Japan-based liaison office location. The conference will feature a keynote speech by Dolby President Bill Jasper addressing important business aspects of Dolby licensing. A variety of technical presentations is scheduled; these will target multichannel audio and other audio advancements, including emerging applications in cinema, games, home theater, personal computers, and music.

"This technical conference is both a celebration of five successful years of Dolby's enlarged office in Japan and an invitation to licensees to take full advantage of the increasing market opportunities for multichannel audio in Japan, China, and the rest of Asia," said Masaaki Fushiki, Vice President of Dolby Laboratories International Services (DLIS) in Japan.

"Throughout its nearly 40-year business history, Dolby Laboratories has worked diligently to ensure that its licensees are as successful as possible with products incorporating Dolby technologies. Attendees at the Tokyo conference will leave with a better understanding of the full range of Dolby technologies, new ideas for expanding their markets, and contacts for future collaboration, sales, and technical advice," he continued.

The DLIS office is located in Tokyo, near the Ginza district. Although established there five years ago, its staff's expertise in working with Dolby licensees in Japan spans more than 30 years. The office has played a significant role in introducing leading edge Dolby technologies, such as Dolby® Surround and Dolby Digital, to the worldwide marketplace.

Practical and Inspirational Topics for Dolby Licensees

Following Mr. Jasper's keynote speech, entitled "Five Years of Dolby/DLIS and Its Future," representatives from Dolby will present sessions on key topics, including "Film Business and D-Cinema," "Beyond 5.1: More Channels in the Home?," and "Next-Generation Audio Codecs."

Additionally, the two-day conference will feature the following demonstrations:
  • "Surround in Motion": In cooperation with Volvo Japan, Dolby will celebrate the first public appearance in Japan of the award-winning Volvo XC90 SUV, equipped with Dolby Pro Logic® II technology. The demonstration will also feature the Dolby Surround in MotionTM concept vehicle, outfitted with Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Headphone technologies.

  • "Codec Sound Quality": Dolby will demonstrate the high quality of Dolby Digital 5.1 audio at 448 kbps. Dolby Digital is the audio standard for DVD-Video.

  • "Recent 5.1 Achievements in Games": Dolby will highlight examples of state-of-the-art surround sound mixing in games, demonstrated in a typical home listening environment.
About Dolby Laboratories

Dolby Laboratories creates technologies that intensify and enhance the entertainment experience. For nearly four decades, Dolby has been instrumental in 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 privately held company has entertainment industry liaison offices in New York and Los Angeles, and licensing liaison offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, and Tokyo. For more information about Dolby Laboratories or Dolby technologies, please visit www.dolby.com.

Dolby, Pro Logic, and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. Surround in Motion is a trademark of Dolby Laboratories. All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners. © 2003 Dolby Laboratories, Inc. S03/14765/14770

Media Contact:

Jim Arnold, Dolby Laboratories, Inc., Director of Public Relations, 415-645-5116 jja@dolby.com