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Renesas Integrates RoxioNow into Chips

Sonic Solutions announced that Renesas Electronics Corporation will include Sonic’s RoxioNow entertainment platform in Renesas’ upcoming system-on-chips (SoCs), which will be used in next-generation connected HDTVs and Blu-ray Disc (BD) players.

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RoxioNow Available on Renesas Electronics SoCs for Consumer Electronics

Sonic Solutions’ Over-the-top Video Platform to Power Digital Movie Access on New Range of Connected HDTVs and Blu-ray Disc Players

NOVATO, Calif., Sept. 15 — Sonic Solutions® (Nasdaq: SNIC) today announced the availability of the RoxioNow™ entertainment platform on upcoming system-on-chips (SoCs) from Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE; 6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions. The integration will enable consumers to instantly stream a broad catalog of premium digital entertainment, including the newest movie releases, on next-generation connected HDTVs and Blu-ray Disc players from a range of manufacturers*.

“SoC devices for digital home electronics is a key area of focus for Renesas Electronics, so we are committed to exceeding customer expectations for advanced functionality and quality,” said Masao Hirasawa, associate general manager of Home Multimedia SoC Business Division, Renesas Electronics Corporation. “Our SoCs enable a range of device controls, audio/video functions, as well as Internet connectivity capabilities, which will be further enhanced with the integration of direct support for digital entertainment services powered by RoxioNow.”

“Working with leading semiconductor manufacturers like Renesas helps streamline the process of including RoxioNow-powered services on next-generation consumer electronics, and provides our retail partners with more devices to ‘light up’ with their digital entertainment services,” said Mark Ely, Executive Vice President, Strategy, Sonic Solutions. “This latest collaboration is also additional evidence that digitally delivered entertainment is an essential feature for consumer electronic devices.”

The RoxioNow platform serves a broad range of premium content, including new movies and next-day TV programs, to a growing, multi-manufacturer ecosystem of home and mobile electronics including PCs, connected TVs, set-top DVRs, Blu-ray Disc players, smartphones, and mobile media devices. The platform enables retailers and consumer electronics companies to participate in the entertainment supply chain, add value to product offerings and form ongoing relationships with customers. “Powered by RoxioNow™” stores enable consumers to instantly rent and purchase high-quality entertainment on their favorite device and, through the RoxioNow online entertainment locker, the flexibility to playback content ordered on additional consumer electronics devices. RoxioNow has been selected to power digital entertainment delivery for a range of companies including Best Buy, Blockbuster, Dell, HP, Lionsgate, and Sears/Kmart, and is available on a broad variety of consumer electronics devices.

About Sonic Solutions
Sonic Solutions® (Nasdaq: SNIC) is powering the digital media ecosystem through its complete range of Hollywood to Home™ applications, services, and technologies. Sonic’s Roxio products enable consumers to easily manage and enjoy personal media and premium Hollywood entertainment on a broad range of connected devices. A wide array of leading technology firms, professionals, businesses, and developers rely on Sonic to bring innovative digital media functionality to next-generation devices and platforms. Sonic Solutions is headquartered in Marin County, California.

*Pending final device review by content providers