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Sonic Powers Pioneer In-Car DVD Entertainment Systems

Jun 05, 2008 (06:06 AM EDT)
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NOVATO, Calif., June 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sonic Solutions(R) , the leader in digital media software, today announced that Pioneer Corporation, a leader in optical disc technology and a manufacturer of audio, video and computer equipment for the home, car and business markets, chose Sonic(R) CinePlayer(R) CE Navigator to bring high-quality multimedia playback capabilities to its new line of Hard Disc Drive-based (HDD) CYBER NAVI car navigation products in Japan. Pioneer's CYBER NAVI product line-up will bundle Sonic's CinePlayer CE Navigator to offer fully-integrated passenger entertainment systems with advanced digital media playback.

CinePlayer CE Navigator is a software-based, full-featured playback engine that delivers high performance and broad compatibility on a variety of platforms. Sonic has optimized its playback engine for automotive embedded systems to provide a reliable and enjoyable viewing experience for passengers. CinePlayer supports all standard video and audio DVD features including advanced functions such as widescreen video, motion menus, and multiple video angles.

"We are extremely pleased to be aligned with a respected category leader and enhance in-car navigation systems with rich entertainment playback capabilities," said Koki Terui, senior vice president, Strategic Initiatives, Sonic Solutions. "This partnership with Pioneer helps us introduce a new audience to the quality, breadth and variety of Sonic's digital media lifestyle applications."

Introduced in early May, Pioneer's lineup of HDD-based CYBER NAVI car navigation systems, the AVIC-VH9000 and AVIC-ZH9000 provide robust navigation features and include enhanced information and entertainment services for users such as Smart Loop traffic congestion information, route search with estimated fuel cost data, parking space availability, and built-in terrestrial digital TV tuners.

Created by Sonic's Advanced Technology Group, CinePlayer CE Navigator is part of the company's growing portfolio of technologies that are licensed to enable CD, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc playback, recording, and authoring. Sonic's technologies are licensed by leading firms such as Adobe, Microsoft, Broadcom, ST Micro, and Scientific Atlanta and used to enable digital media experiences in a wide variety of markets including consumer electronics, PCs, kiosks, automotive entertainment systems, and music download services. For more information on Sonic's technologies for application developers, visit: http://www.sonic.com/products/Developer/AuthorScript/DVD.aspx .

About Pioneer

Pioneer Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is a leading global manufacturer of consumer- and business-use electronics products such as audio, video and car electronics. Its shares are traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. For more information, visit http://pioneer.jp/e/ .

About Sonic Solutions

Sonic Solutions http://www.sonic.com ( ) enables the creation, management, and enjoyment of digital media content through its Hollywood to Home(TM) products, services, and technologies. Sonic's products range from the advanced authoring systems used to produce Hollywood DVD and Blu-ray Disc titles to the award-winning Roxio-branded photo, video, music, and digital-media management applications. Sonic's patented technologies and AuthorScript(R) media engine are relied upon by leading technology firms to define rich media experiences on a wide array of consumer electronics, mobile devices, set-top players, retail kiosks, and PCs. Always an innovator, Sonic has taken a leading role in helping professional and consumer markets make the successful transition to the new high-definition media formats and, through the Qflix(TM) platform, Sonic is defining new models for the digital distribution of Hollywood entertainment. Sonic Solutions is headquartered in Marin County, California.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements that are based upon current expectations, including the distribution and market acceptance of CinePlayer. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of various risks and uncertainties, including those discussed in the Company's annual and quarterly reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release should be read in conjunction with the Company's most recent annual report on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and other reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which contain a more detailed discussion of the Company's business including risks and uncertainties that may affect future results. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements.

Sonic, the Sonic logo, Sonic Solutions, CinePlayer, AuthorScript, Hollywood to Home, Qflix, and Roxio are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sonic Solutions in the United States and/or other countries. All other company or product names are trademarks of their respective owners and, in some cases, are used under license.

CONTACT: Chris Taylor of Sonic Solutions, +1-408-367-5231, chris_taylor@sonic.com

Web site: http://www.sonic.com/