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[February 17, 2014]

Dialog Semiconductor Provides Wireless Solution for Wii U(TM), Nintendo's Latest Gaming Console

LONDON --(Business Wire)--

Dialog Semiconductor (News - Alert) plc. (FWB:DLG), a provider of highly integrated power management, audio, AC/DC and short-range wireless technologies, announced today that it has supplied the solution for Nintendo's new Wii U Wireless Microphone. Nintendo's latest gaming console incorporates both Wii U Wireless Microphone (SC14448) and USB Dongle (SC14492) chips from Dialog. Using low latency audio, Dialog's technology offers interference-free connectivity, impressive battery life and reliability, and allows consumers more freedom to move, dance and jump when using the Wii U for karaoke or other games.

A cost-effective wireless solution that would not rely on the over-crowded and unregulated 2.4GHz wireless band, where devices experience audio disturbance during peak network traffic, is required by Nintendo. Since Dialog's solution uses low latency audio based on the 1.9 GHz band, it doesn't compete with other wireless signals and is, therefore, not impacted by any wireless interference - delivering excellent audio quality.

Dialog's advanced power management technology allows for dry cell battery life of up to 40 hours for the Wii U Wireless Microphone, to provide the best possible consumer experience. This extended battery life is achieved by optimising radio transmit time and power. The single chip solution (SC14448) also improves battery life by powering down functions when they are not required. The Wii U console can be equipped with two USB radio dongles to support two Wii U Wireless Microphones and the unique radio control is designed to ensure that the two closely fitted dongles do not interfere with one another. This gives disturbance-free audio quality and excellent low-latency performance. The SC14492 wireles audio single chip has integrated USB functions, allowing for very small form-factor designs.

'Traditional radio technologies for audio applications suffer from drop-outs or have long-latency. The Dialog solution takes advantage of an interference-free frequency band and selects a special protocol for low-latency audio. It is perfectly suited to the high-quality audio and active user experience that consumers expect from Nintendo's Wii U Wireless Microphone,' says Sean McGrath, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Connectivity, Automotive & Industrial Business Group.

The Wii U Wireless Microphone is now available in Japan, following its launch in December 2013.

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About Dialog Semiconductor

Dialog Semiconductor creates highly integrated, mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs), optimised for personal portable, low energy short-range wireless, LED solid state lighting and automotive applications. The company provides flexible and dynamic support, world-class innovation and the assurance of dealing with an established business partner.

With its focus and expertise in energy-efficient system power management and a technology portfolio that also includes audio, short-range wireless, AC/DC power conversion and multi-touch, Dialog brings decades of experience to the rapid development of ICs for personal portable and digital consumers applications, including smartphones, tablets, Ultrabooks(TM) and digital cordless phones.

Dialog's power management processor companion chips increase the performance of portable devices by extending battery lifetime, enabling faster charging and enhancing the consumer's multimedia experience. With world-class manufacturing partners, Dialog operates a fabless business model.

Dialog Semiconductor plc is headquartered in London with a global sales, R&D and marketing organisation. In 2013, it had approximately $910 million in revenue and was one of the fastest growing European public semiconductor companies. It currently has approximately 1,100 employees worldwide. The company is listed on the Frankfurt (FWB: DLG) stock exchange (Regulated Market, Prime Standard, ISIN GB0059822006) and is a member of the German TecDax index. It also has convertible bonds listed on the Euro MTF Market on the Luxemburg Stock Exchange (ISIN XS0757015606).

Trademarks are property of their respective owners. Wii U is a trademark of Nintendo.

End of Corporate News

Language: English

Company: Dialog Semiconductor Plc.

Tower Bridge House, St. Katharine's Way

E1W 1AA London United Kingdom

Phone (News - Alert): +49 7021 805-412

Fax: +49 7021 805-200



ISIN: GB0059822006, XS0757015606

WKN: 927200

Indices: TecDAX

Listed: Regulierter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Freiverkehr in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, München, Stuttgart

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