January 14, 2008 07:06 ET

STEP Labs Announces Availability of StepWare-Enabled Headsets

StepWare Sets New Standard for Clear Voice Communications in High-Noise Environments; Leading Bluetooth Headset Manufacturers Declare Step Labs Patented Voice Separation Technology the Market Leader in Noise Cancelation

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - January 14, 2008) - STEP Labs™ Inc., the only company offering voice separation technology and acoustic design services to consumer electronic manufacturers, today announced that its StepWare™ platform is now available on three new Bluetooth headsets. These advanced devices integrate StepWare to deliver the highest quality voice output in the industry -- guaranteeing every conversation is crystal clear, even in high-noise environments.

STEP Labs is the only company to offer both best-in-class voice separation technology and professional acoustic design services to consumer electronic manufacturers. The new headsets, which will carry the Step OnBoard™ logo, offer never-before-heard levels of voice quality. Three manufacturers have launched Bluetooth headsets with Step OnBoard that will hit shelves this month, and four other manufacturers are currently developing headsets in labs.

"Dual-microphone Bluetooth headsets are a perfect fit for StepWare," said Robert F. Mitro, CEO of STEP Labs. "StepWare gives our manufacturing partners higher quality voice signals than any other sound cancelation or noise elimination solutions on the market -- enabling them to step ahead of the herd to offer the world's most advanced communications devices."

Balda Solutions Malaysia (a company of Balda AG), developer and producer of high-quality mobile phone components and peripherals, has launched a Bluetooth headset with Step OnBoard.

"Balda takes quality very seriously. After evaluating solutions from other companies we chose to go with STEP Labs as our preferred partner for noise cancellation solutions," said James Lim, CEO of Balda Solutions Malaysia. "Our partnership with STEP Labs improves the quality of every call made with our headsets -- without sacrificing power, usability, or voice integrity."

Manufacturers are choosing STEP Labs' patented voice separation technology because it offers:

--  The best voice quality - free of distortion, anytime, anywhere
--  The best voice recognition performance, even in the noisiest
--  Virtually no background noise with an average 50dB SNR improvement
--  Product performance that is highly resistant to wind disturbance

A combination of STEP Labs' professional acoustic design services and the StepWare solution designed especially for headsets gives STEP Labs' manufacturing partners a competitive advantage in the fast-moving headset market. Getting new headsets to market with Step OnBoard is as easy as submitting production dual microphone headsets for StepWare integration; complete turnaround for new manufacturers is less than a week.

About BALDA Solutions Malaysia

Balda Solutions Malaysia is an ODM manufacturer for prestigious companies such as Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Sagem, Canon, Hitachi, Roche and many others. Find out more at

About STEP Labs

STEP Labs is a venture-backed, Silicon Valley-based acoustic software company whose StepWare technology produces crystal-clear voice communications even in the noisiest environments. STEP's patented technology enables speech recognition and hands-free communication by using an understanding of the physics of sound wave propagation to isolate voice from ambient noise. This approach offers broad applicability to a wide range of wireless telecommunications and consumer electronic devices. STEP Labs, StepWare, and Step OnBoard are trademarks of STEP Labs Inc. Visit

Contact Information

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    Liz Kerton
    The Kerton Group for STEP Labs
    steplabs (at)