SOURCE: Focus Enhancements

July 26, 2005 08:33 ET

FOCUS Enhancements Extends Its Digital Signage Portfolio With Introduction of Mantis MC and Mantis MG Multi-Channel, High-Definition Media Players

New Line Is Designed for All Commercial Video Applications Including Passive-to-Interactive "On Demand" Playback, and Multimedia Productions

CAMPBELL, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 26, 2005 -- FOCUS Enhancements, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE) continues to expand its technology portfolio for digital signage solutions with the introduction of its Visual Circuits Mantis line of multi-channel high-definition (HD) and standard-definition (SD) media players. The Mantis MC™ and Mantis MG™ provide on demand video playback for audience-driven applications including retail, museums, healthcare, malls, education, in-store broadcast networks, events, hospitality, banking and finance. The new Mantis media players are now available through FOCUS Enhancements' network of authorized dealers.

The Mantis MC Multi-Channel HD Media Player is designed to deploy cutting-edge communications, providing two channels of HD or SD video and 32-bit accelerated graphics. It is also available in a single-channel configuration that can be upgraded to two channels by adding a Smartcard. Mantis MC is a simple network 1U rack-mount player that takes all the worry out of loading HD and/or SD video through standard IT networks.

The all-in-one Mantis MG Enterprise Media Gateway enables the deployment of numerous digital media applications across multiple locations. Featuring the addition of four and eight channel configurations, the all-in-one Mantis MG provides flexibility to scale SD and HD channels with cross channel synchronization to support multiple monitors in fully customizable installations.

With a large 3U form factor design and affordable price, Mantis MG digital media players are designed for all professional digital signage and visual marketing applications. Scheduled or interactive playback is available supporting up to four HD or eight SD independent outputs from a single rack-mount system. The unit can be easily updated to accommodate new features and file formats as they become available.

"FOCUS Enhancements' dynamic digital signage solutions enable businesses to enrich the customer experience, drive brand loyalty, and improve the bottom line," said Evelyn Roberts, vice-president of business development, Digital Signage for FOCUS Enhancements. "The new Mantis MC and MG provide the ability to broadcast scheduled or interactive playback, whether it's video, graphics, and/or messages, in one or multiple locations, to vastly improve the audience and customer experience while boosting overall message retention."

The Mantis products offer the ultimate in flexibility and quality for all professional video and graphics applications. It combines standard and/or high-definition video with a 32-bit graphics accelerator. Designed around FOCUS Enhancements' proprietary hardware and software, Mantis supports all 18 of the standard ATSC digital television formats in both NTSC and PAL video standards and decodes MPEG 2 transport, program, or elementary stream.

Mantis is engineered to be centrally controlled for trouble-free 24x7x365 operation. Content management tools, from the company's Windows-based Media Messenger™, are used to manage, schedule, distribute, and audit content via the Internet to ensure optimized messaging for target audiences.

Mantis MC - Key Configuration Options

- SNMP, satellite, and terrestrial multicast support
- Content updating via FTP or HTTP
- Optional Media Messenger software for scheduling and content distribution
- WebView browser-based user interface
- TCP/IP or serial control with FOCUS Enhancements Protocol
Mantis MG - Key Configuration Options
- Includes all the features and benefits of the Mantis MC including:
   - 4 channel (HD or SD)
   - 8 channel (4 channel HD or 8 channel SD)
   - Optional Digital RF (8-VSB) Modulator
   - Optional DVB Satellite PCI Card
   - Scalable and customizable for various application installations
The FOCUS Enhancements' Visual Circuits family of multimedia merchandising and digital signage products dramatically improves audience and customer interaction. The company's Visual Circuits products manage, distribute, and present SD and HD video and high-resolution graphics over terrestrial and satellite networks using networked media servers, players, and intelligent software. Examples in a few select industries include:


Promote hourly specials, educate customers on new products and services, even entertain and inform them while they are waiting to check out.


Educate and entertain patients and their families while providing partners and suppliers with targeted promotional opportunities.


Keep guests informed and entertained as you promote services, attractions, merchandise, and special events.

Events and Entertainment

Launch narrowcast-integrated, micro-targeted campaigns at highly trafficked venues, such as movie theatres and concerts.

About FOCUS Enhancements, Inc.

FOCUS Enhancements Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE) is a leading designer of world-class solutions in advanced, proprietary video technology. Headquartered in Campbell, CA, FOCUS Enhancements designs, develops, and markets video solutions in two distinct markets: advanced proprietary video conversion integrated circuits (ICs) and affordable, high-quality, digital-video conversion and video production equipment. Semiconductor IC products include designs for PCs, game cards, Internet, set-top boxes, Internet appliances, and interactive TV applications, and they are sold directly to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). FOCUS Enhancements' complete line of video presentation and video production devices are sold globally through resellers and distributors to the broadcast, education, cable, business, industrial, presentation, Internet, gaming, home video production and home theater markets. More information on FOCUS Enhancements may be obtained from the company's SEC filings, or by visiting the FOCUS Enhancements home page at

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