SOURCE: Focus Enhancements

May 31, 2007 06:30 ET

Focus Enhancements Provides TV-Out to MobaHO!™, the World's First Mobile Satellite Digital Multimedia Broadcasting Service

Focus' TV Encoder Chip in New Portable Handheld Satellite Broadcasting Receiver Selling in Japan

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - May 31, 2007) - Focus Enhancements, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE), a worldwide leader in Ultra Wideband (UWB) wireless technology, video conversion and digital media, announced its FS•456 TV-out encoder chip is powering the MBRO501A, a new portable satellite broadcasting receiver containing a 3.5-inch display, from the Japan-based Mobile Broadcasting Corporation for use with its satellite digital multimedia broadcasting service, MobaHO!

"Our new handheld MBRO501A enables users to enjoy video and audio content while they are indoors, outdoors and on the go," said Mr. Atsushi Itsukaichi, senior manager of the business planning group of Mobile Broadcasting Corporation. "Many of our subscribers love to watch our broadcast programming on their TV display; consequently, TV-out is an important feature of the MBRO501A. The excellent TV quality and small size of the Focus Enhancements chip drove our selection."

"This is another example of how our TV-out quality is capturing the portable media market," said Tom Hamilton, executive vice president and general manager of Focus Enhancements' semiconductor group. "MobaHO! gives people the ability to watch a vast array of video content on the go, and our TV-out chip lets them expand the video experience to a full screen TV, from a very compact, battery operated device."

"Our inclusion in the MBRO501A illustrates how we leverage the strong working relationships we have with several levels of the consumer electronics channel," said Brian Willis, Focus Enhancements' business manager in Japan. "This device used a Freescale reference design with the FS•456, which was developed into a product by the Mobile Broadcasting Corporation in Japan. We have worked closely and cooperatively with all the parties involved."

About the Mobile Broadcasting Corporation and Mobile Broadcasting Service ("MobaHO!™"): Providing 50 channels of programming, MobaHO! is the world's first satellite digital multimedia broadcasting service for mobile use outdoors, indoors, and on the go. It provides 40 audio channels, including overseas FM radio stations and genre-specific music programming; eight video channels, including news, sports, and entertainment programming; and approximately 50 data-service titles. Since MobaHO! is a satellite broadcasting service, users enjoy the same programming throughout Japan. Mobile Broadcasting Corporation, the service provider, was founded in May 1998. Major stockholders include Toshiba Corporation, SK Telecom Co., Ltd, Sharp Corporation, Toyota Motor Co., Yokogawa Electric Co., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. and NTT Data Corporation. For more about the Mobile Broadcasting Corporation please visit: http://www.mbco.co.jp/english/index.html.

The appeal of the MobaHO! service lies in the wide selection of specialized programming channels it provides. It provides, for example, 24-hour news (NTV News 24) and animation (Animax) programming. Since the receiver includes a built-in "one-seg" (single-segment) tuner, it can also be used to view sports, dramas, and other programming broadcast via terrestrial digital broadcasting.

About Focus Enhancements, Inc.

Focus Enhancements, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE), headquartered in Campbell, CA, is a leading designer of world-class solutions in advanced, proprietary video and wireless video technologies. Many of the world's largest technology companies partner with Focus Enhancements for high-performance TV encoder, UWB, and video convergence solutions. The company's Semiconductor Group develops integrated circuits (ICs) for high-performance applications in the video convergence market, including IPTV set-top boxes and portable media players. Focus Enhancements is currently developing a wireless IC chip set based on the WiMedia UWB standard and designed to be compatible with Wireless USB, and used in personal computer (PC), consumer electronics (CE), and mobile electronics applications. The company's Systems Group develops video products for the digital media markets, with customers in the broadcast, video production, digital signage and digital asset management markets. More information on Focus Enhancements may be obtained from the company's SEC filings, or by visiting the Focus Enhancements home page at http://www.focusinfo.com.

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