Dolby Laboratories creates audio, video, and voice technologies that transform entertainment and communications at the cinema, at home, at work and on mobile devices. Founded in 1965, our core strengths stem from our expertise in digital signal processing and compression technologies that have transformed the ability of artists to convey entertainment experiences to their audiences through recorded media.
Such technologies led to the development of our noise-reduction systems for analog tape recordings, and have since evolved into multichannel sound for cinema, digital television transmissions and devices, DVDs and Blu-ray discs and devices, and more recently, into the next generation of audio technologies for the cinema, home entertainment, mobile and gaming experiences. Dolby continues to find new commercial applications for these technologies such as those aimed at enhancing voice conferencing communications.
Today, Dolby derives the majority of its revenue from licensing its audio technologies. Dolby also provides products and services that enable entertainment content creators and distributors to produce, encode, transmit and playback content for optimal consumer experiences. The company has extended its knowhow into imaging technologies through digital cinema products, professional monitors and Dolby’s exclusive Dolby 3D glasses-free technology for home and mobile displays.
Dolby Technology includes Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, AAC, HE-AAC Dolby TrueHD, Post-Processing Technologies, Dolby Headphone, Dolby HDR, Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Volume, Dolby Voice, and Dolby 3D (glasses-free).
Dolby products include Digital Cinema Products, Digital 3D Products, Digital Media Adaptors, Film-based Cinema Processors, Dolby Atmos, a Grade 1 Professional Cine/Video Reference Monitors. Dolby also makes Broadcast Products for audio encoding, transmission and decoding of multiple channels of high quality audio for DTV and HDTV program production and broadcast distribution, and to measure the loudness of broadcast audio content.
As of September 27, 2013, Dolby had over 3,500 issued patents and over 2,700 pending patent applications in more than 50 jurisdictions throughout the world.