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Focus Enhancements

November 12, 2009 08:00 ET

Popular Science Magazine Selects Summit Wireless™ for 2009 Best of What's New Award in the Home Entertainment Category

The Award Acknowledges the Significant Step Forward in Providing Consumers With the Industry's Only 7.1 Wireless Surround Sound Solution With 3D Audio Mapping™ Technology

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - November 12, 2009) - Focus Enhancements, Inc., a leading supplier of wireless audio technology, wins the prestigious 2009 Best of What's New Award for its Summit Wireless technology; an audio IC and wireless hub which sets a new standard for wireless Home Theater audio fidelity, ease of set-up, and sweet spot designation. Summit can be integrated into speakers, audio/video receivers, digital televisions, gaming devices, Blu-ray players, and set-top boxes, enabling them to broadcast high-definition surround wirelessly and simply. It is the first and only wireless 7.1 surround solution of its kind.

Today's wired speaker Home Theater systems are laborious and complicated to set-up and optimize. They require stringing speaker wire, connecting speakers to the correct audio channel, and verifying correct polarities. Audio sound optimization requires hours to properly calibrate and is often beyond a consumer's comfort level. This complexity is one major reason systems are rarely set-up properly, resulting in inferior audio quality. Summit Wireless' patent pending technology solves these issues with an elegant solution that makes the out-of-box experience of setting-up a wireless Home Theater audio speaker system fast and easy.

Summit's SpeakerFinder™ integrates tried and true ultrasonic technology used in distance measuring devices that is instant, accurate, and cost effective to discover each speaker's location to an accuracy of within one inch. Combined with Summit's robust wireless technology, users simply plug in the amplified speakers like a lamp, and on power-up, the speakers are automatically optimized for the correct audio channel, phase delay, volume and default sweet spot. MyZone™, with 3D audio mapping technology, extends the ultrasonic location technology of SpeakerFinder by embedding an ultrasonic transducer in the remote control device. With a press of a button, the user's location is found, and the audio sweet spot is moved to that location by adjusting each speaker's volume and delay, creating a cohesive sound field.

Summit Wireless delivers 8 channels of uncompressed 24-bit resolution audio, from the source to the speakers, for a dynamic and realistic listening experience. Summit improves the low and high frequencies for smooth, clean, neutral, flat and dynamic sound, providing superior audio fidelity for every situation. Summit achieves the goal of providing the best audio reproduction, delivering the audio exactly as it was mastered, to the speakers.

"It is gratifying to receive recognition for the technological breakthroughs achieved by Summit Wireless' ability to solve critical issues which have plagued the Home Theater and wireless audio industry for years," said Tony Parker, vice president of marketing, Focus Enhancements. "Consumers have been pleading for a wireless solution that would deliver high fidelity audio, comparable to their hardwired system; Summit Wireless exceeds their expectations."

To learn more about Home Theater products enabled with Summit technology and to watch a video demonstration of Summit, please click here

"For 22 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us -- those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our views of what's possible in the future," said Mark Jannot, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science. "The Best of What's New Award is the magazine's top honor, and the 100 winners -- chosen from among thousands of entrants -- represent the highest level of achievement in their fields."

About Best of What's New

Each year, the editors of Popular Science review thousands of products in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year; breakthrough products and technologies that represent a significant leap in their categories. The winners -- the Best of What's New -- are awarded inclusion in the December issue of Popular Science. Best of What's New awards are presented to 100 new products and technologies in 11 categories: Automotive, Aviation & Space, Computing, Engineering, Gadgets, Green Tech, Home Entertainment, Securities, Home Tech, Personal Health and Recreation.

About Focus Enhancements, Inc.:

Focus Enhancements, Inc., headquartered in Campbell, CA, is a leading designer of world-class solutions in advanced video and audio technologies. The company's Semiconductor Division develops application specific standard products (ASSPs), which address the audio distribution and the TV-out video encoder markets. The Summit IC specifically addresses the digital wireless audio (DWA) segment which includes home theater, AVR, DTV, DVD, iPod, set-top box, PC, and PC gaming systems for surround sound. For more information on Focus Enhancements visit

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