SOURCE: Focus Enhancements

October 02, 2007 09:30 ET

Focus Enhancements Provides TV-out Capability for Carpoint's Newest Navigation and Personal Media Player

Company Brings Added Value to Car Navigation Market With High-Resolution TV Video Portability

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - October 2, 2007) - Focus Enhancements Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE), a worldwide leader in Ultra Wideband (UWB) wireless technology, video conversion and digital media, announced that Carpoint, one of the two largest car navigation manufacturers in Korea, has selected the Focus FS455 TV-out encoder chip for its new seven-inch combination car navigation and personal media player.

By leveraging Focus Enhancements' TV-out capability, Carpoint meets the growing demand for media content portability, especially in tech-savvy markets like Korea. Customers can now seamlessly play high-resolution video on the road or at home by connecting the Ultra Navi auto navigation device to their home TV or other portable television displays without compromising image quality.

"Korea is at the forefront of the mobile media market, providing customers with innovative ways to access video remotely," said Mike Kelly, vice president of marketing for Focus Enhancements' semiconductor group. "By adding TV-out functionality to their Ultra Navi line, Carpoint is tapping into this exciting application and giving their customers the added value and versatility of portable high-resolution media."

"We selected Focus' FS455 TV-out chip because of its superior performance, high video quality, and small size," said Mr. Dong-Hoon Park, Director at Carpoint's Korea Sales Headquarters. "With Focus enhancements' leading TV-out technology, our customers can bring the Ultra Navi into their living room to enjoy an enriched and engaging viewing experience."

Along with Focus Enhancements' FS455 TV-out encoder, the newly-launched Ultra Navi features a seven-inch, 800x480 LCD, the RMI Alchemy AU1250 CPU at 600 MHz, Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB), Traffic over DMB, and an FM transmitter. All Ultra Navi units will ship with Focus Enhancements' FS455 chip, and Carpoint anticipates adding Focus' TV-out functionality to the company's mid-range navigation models in the future.

About Carpoint

Founded in early 2000, Carpoint Co., Ltd. is a leading, worldwide provider of portable navigation devices and services, GPS (Global Positioning System) technology and location-based information. Carpoint has emphasized R&D activities in GPS-related technology, and it enables us to associate with a nationwide navigation and telemetics services. Carpoint's state-of-the-art core technology, outstanding design and quality-assurance system (certified ISO-9001, E-Mark, C-Tick, CE, FCC, TUV etc.) have been secured by resolute financial investment and ceaseless management efforts. Carpoint could accomplish a breath-taking growth rate in 2004 & 2005 with regards to the number of units sold and the amount of turnover. As a leading provider of portable navigation devices, Carpoint has successfully conducted field-tests in 50 countries and has issued number of patents including navigation device with signal lamps on both the left and right side. Carpoint won the "Partner of the Year 2005" award from Microsoft Corporation (in the OEM category), showing its demonstrated industry leadership and ability to develop and market a strong line of full-package navigation products. Major customers are Samsung, LG, Delphi, Magnet Marelli, Hyundai Automobile and Kia Automobile.

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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Statements in this press release which are not historical, including statements regarding management's intentions, hopes, expectations, representations, plans or predictions about the future are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include the risk factors specified in the company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, and Form 10-Q for the periods ending March 31, 2007 and June 30, 2007 as well as other filings with the SEC. These statements are based on information as of October 2, 2007 and the company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Contact Information

  • Focus Enhancements:
    Mike Kelly
    Focus Enhancements, Inc.
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    Focus Investors:
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    Lippert/Heilshorn & Assoc.
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    Focus Press:
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    FutureWorks, Inc.
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