SOURCE: Avnera Corporation

January 07, 2008 09:05 ET

Avnera Announces Five New Wired-Quality Wireless Audio Products at CES

New AvneraAudio-Enabled Products From Audioengine, Audiovox, Sanyo, Along With a Skype Certified Headset From In Store Solutions

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - January 7, 2008) - SHOWSTOPPERS/2008 INTERNATIONAL CES -- Avnera Corporation, a fabless semiconductor company developing the breakthrough AvneraAudio™ technology for wired-quality wireless audio, today announced that five new AvneraAudio-enabled products have been added to its portfolio since the company came out of stealth mode just 10 weeks ago. Audioengine, Acoustic Research and Sanyo, along with a Skype Certified headset from In Store Solutions, are all launching new products that deliver wired-quality, wireless audio, based on AvneraAudio™ technology. Avnera, which launched in October 2007 with three products on the shelves, provides uncompressed, CD-quality wireless audio without perceived interference and plug-and-play operation with no software to install -- all at an affordable price.

The following products will be demonstrated at the CES ShowStoppers event on Monday, January 7 at the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

--  The Acoustic Research Wireless Music Remote transmits music from your
    iPod player directly to your stereo system. A digital transmitter snaps
    onto your iPod player, and the receiver attaches to your stereo, enabling
    listeners to navigate and control their music wirelessly with the iPod
    screen. The Wireless Music Remote offers simple set-up and operation. It
    will be available in April of 2008 for $129.99 through all Acoustic
    Research resellers.
--  The Acoustic Research Wireless PC Mini-Bridge enables all PC audio
    content -- digital music, DVDs, online media and VoIP phone calls -- to be
    sent wirelessly to its supplied headphones via a USB Mini Bridge. The
    system can seamlessly switch from music to answering/ending VoIP calls. The
    PC Mini-Bridge sends high-fidelity, uncompressed stereo sound and is
    lightweight, portable and easy to use. Available February 2008 through all
    Acoustic Research resellers for $129.
--  The Audioengine W1 (AW1) Premium Wireless Audio Adapter allows music
    to be played wirelessly from any audio device or computer to Audioengine-
    powered speakers, a stereo receiver or powered subwoofer. The AW1 provides
    CD-quality HD stereo sound with no reduction in audio quality. Available
    online at audioengineusa.com or through an Audioengine reseller beginning
    January 15. MSRP is $149.
--  The Sanyo Digital Wireless Microphone System (HM-W300) is the world's
    smallest and lightest wireless microphone system, with the sender and
    receiver measuring just .5 inches and weighing approximately 1.5 ounces
    each, including batteries. Connect the receiver to the voice recorder to
    record sound remotely, or use it as a wireless speaker by connecting the
    microphone to a stereo and the receiver to a speaker. The HM-W300 offers
    maximum range (approx. 98 feet indoor/33 feet outdoor at 360 degrees
    diameters) while providing the high quality sound. Available in Japan only.
--  The Skype Certified FREETALK® Wireless Stereo Headset delivers CD-
    quality sound and the freedom of hands-free Skype calls at any time. It
    offers superior range (up to 65 feet) compared to technologies such as
    Bluetooth, freeing users from their desks to make and receive the full
    range of Skype calls while moving throughout the home or office.  Available
    now online at skype.com for $79.99.
    

Companies use Avnera technology for their products because it delivers in three critical areas:

--  Sound quality -- Avnera created a real-time streaming transmission
    technology designed specifically for high fidelity audio. It incorporates
    six sound quality innovations that improve signal reception and virtually
    eliminates perceived interference.
--  Ease of use -- Many wireless systems are difficult to use because they
    require you to download software, install drivers, etc. AvneraAudio-based
    products are plug-and-play. You plug them in and they work -- no software
    installation, no profiles.  The way consumer electronics should be.
--  Reduced cost -- Avnera chips provide a high-performance wireless audio
    system at 30 percent lower system cost than their competitors, enabling
    wireless products at about the same price as their wired counterparts. The
    cost is lower because Avnera has integrated all of the different chips
    normally used in a wireless audio device onto a single chip.
    

More information, including all Avnera-enabled products for purchase, partner endorsements, and sales information is available on the Avnera website: www.avnera.com.

About Avnera Corporation

Avnera Corporation is a fabless semiconductor firm based in Beaverton, Oregon that has pioneered AvneraAudio technology, enabling breakthrough products in wireless audio, VoIP, and the powered speaker market to be delivered at disruptive price points. Avnera is funded by Altien Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Best Buy, DAG Ventures, Intel Capital, JAFCO Ventures, Panasonic Venture Group, Polycom and Redpoint Ventures. Avnera is enabling numerous end-consumer products from major consumer electronics companies. More information is available at www.avnera.com.

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