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Sony Selects Aureal's Vortex Chip Featuring A3D Audio Technology for New Line Of VAIO Digital Studio Desktop Computers.

Computers Enable Users to Experience Fully Interactive A/V Convergence

FREMONT, Calif., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Aureal Semiconductor Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AURL) today announced that Sony Corporation (NYSE: SONY), one of the world's most respected electronics, technology and entertainment companies, has begun shipping Aureal's Vortex AU8820 chip with A3D audio technology in its new line of VAIO desktop computers. The new VAIO series uses Vortex in its two advanced Digital Studio models, the E302 and E308. Aureal's A3D audio technology makes realistic, fully interactive multimedia possible by allowing users to hear positional 3D audio in a 360-degree space using headphones or two or more speakers.

Sony's new VAIO Digital Studio computers allow users to experiment with and create home audio and video in ways never before possible. By importing and editing video clips from their camcorders, and adding titles, transitions and soundtracks, users can output audio and video to create their own top quality home movies.

"Sony's VAIO computers are unbelievable in terms of what they allow home users to accomplish with video and audio and we're very proud to have been chosen by Sony," said Kip Kokinakis, CEO of Aureal. "Sony is a recognized leader in the technology and entertainment industries, and this alliance means that more and more people will have a chance to experience our cutting-edge A3D positional audio."

About A3D

Aureal A3D is an audio technology that enables a totally immersive experience by surrounding the listener with sounds in all three dimensions -- using only a single pair of ordinary speakers or headphones. It is based on recreating all the hearing cues that allow us to perceive sounds in everyday life. Since people can hear sounds three dimensionally in the real world with only two ears, it must be possible to create sounds from two speakers that have the same effect.

A3D was initially developed for NASA to create the ultimate audio simulation environment and is now used in over 100 games shipping or under development on the Microsoft Windows platform, including Unreal from Epic Megagames/GT Interactive, Half-Life from Sierra, Incoming from Rage Software, Descent: Freespace from Interplay, Battlezone from Activision, and Jedi Knight from LucasArts. A3D is also supported by leading VRML browsers to enable lifelike sound across the Internet.

About Aureal

Aureal builds advanced audio semiconductor and software solutions that increase functionality and features for personal computers and consumer electronics devices. Aureal develops audio processing semiconductor chips and sound cards and also licenses technology designed to define and improve advanced audio standards in the marketplace. For information on Aureal, its products, and its industry leading A3D audio technologies, please call Corporate Communications at 510-252-4582 or visit our Websites at www.aureal.com or www.a3d.com.

Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, dependence on the PC and consumer electronics markets on product lines based on new technologies; foundry capacity, availability and reliability; competition and pricing pressures; and other risks detailed from time to time in the company's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

NOTE: Aureal, the Aureal logo, Vortex and A3D are trademarks or registered trademarks of Aureal Semiconductor Inc. Other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
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