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100 Best Small Companies in America

 

  • Revenue: $946 million
  • Market Cap: $4.1 billion
  • CEO: Yeaman, Kevin
  • Industry: Electronic Equipment, Instruments and Components
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, California
  • Year Founded: 1965
  • Ticker: DLB (get quote)

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Dolby Laboratories, Inc. provides products, services, and technologies for the entertainment industry worldwide. It designs and manufactures video and audio products for film production, cinema, and television broadcast industries; and provides services to support film production, television broadcast, and music production. The company is involved in licensing technologies in signal processing systems that enhance sound quality or enable surround sound in movie soundtracks, DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, personal computers, digital televisions, mobile devices, video games, satellite and cable broadcasts, and online streaming; and developing technologies for mobile devices for 3D, digital cinema, post-production, and LED backlit LCD televisions. It also offers traditional cinema processors, which are used to read, decode, and play back a film’s soundtrack and calibrate the sound system in a movie theater; digital cinema products for digital cinema encoding, distribution, and playback; digital 3D products that deliver a 3D image with an existing digital cinema server and white screen; and digital media adapters to adapt analog cinema audio systems to the digital audio technologies. In addition, Dolby Laboratories provides broadcast products to encode, transmit, and decode multiple channels of audio for DTV and HDTV program production and broadcast distribution; and professional reference monitor, a video monitor used in the production and post-production of cinematic and video content. The company licenses its technologies to media software vendors, such as operating system vendors, independent software vendors, and integrated circuit manufacturers; and manufacturers of home audio and video products, set top boxes, video game consoles, mobile devices, in-car entertainment systems, and personal computers. It sells its products directly to customers, as well as through dealers and distributors. The company was founded in 1965 and is based in San Francisco, California.

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