Dolby Laboratories, TI Collaborate on 1394 Hardware
Dolby Laboratories and Texas Instruments Collaborate on World's First 1394 Hardware to Connect Personal Computers to Home Theater Systems
San Francisco, March 13, 2003?Dolby Laboratories and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE:TXN) announced they have jointly sponsored the design and development of a device that allows consumers to easily connect PCs with 1394 connectors to their home theater systems.
The FirewireTM-S/PDIF converter allows Dolby® Digital and PCM audio to be transferred from a network of IEEE 1394 devices (which may include laptops and desktop PCs) to the S/PDIF connection commonly found on today?s home audio equipment. This allows music and gaming enthusiasts to play back popular stereo and multichannel 5.1 computer music files, such as MP3, AAC, and WMA, through their home theater systems from their PCs. A prototype implementation of this design was shown at Texas Instruments? booth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January.