SOURCE: Focus Enhancements

January 08, 2007 07:30 ET

Focus Enhancements and Mapower to Develop Wireless Storage Devices

Company's Industry-Leading UWB Technology to Be Used for Wireless Remote Storage

CAMPBELL, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 8, 2007 -- Focus Enhancements, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE), a worldwide leader in video production, PC-to-TV conversion and Ultra Wideband (UWB) wireless technology, today announced it has formed an alliance with Mapower of Taiwan to jointly develop wireless links for remote disk drive storage devices using technology based on Certified Wireless USB from the USB-IF. Certified Wireless USB uses the rapidly emerging, high performance Ultra Wideband (UWB) wireless technology.

Mapower is a leading manufacturer of computer peripherals specializing in external drive systems and enclosures for hard disks and optical drives. Focus Enhancements and Mapower will develop storage solutions which will be able to communicate with PCs wirelessly using UWB wireless technology.

"UWB is enabling new applications for remote mass storage, and working together with Mapower will expedite the development of wireless, high performance storage for businesses and consumers," said Mark Zadeh, vice president of sales for Focus Enhancements' semiconductor group.

"A high-quality wireless link is crucial for remote storage solutions and our relationship with Mapower underscores the progress we are making with our superior UWB wireless performance in this space," said Tom Hamilton, Focus Enhancements' executive vice president and general manager of Focus Enhancements' semiconductor group.

About Mapower

Founded in 1991, Mapower Electronics Co. Ltd, headquartered in Taiwan, is a well-recognized manufacturer of computer peripherals specializing in external systems and enclosures for HDD and optical drives including; Multiple-Bay (Duplicators), Mini ITX Enclosures, Mobile Rack, 19-inch rack-mount storage/server chassis and various corresponding products. Mapower employs over 500 employees around the world and has established branches in Germany and USA. The company's R&D is located in Taiwan with engineering skills including industrial, mechanical and electronic design and meets CE, FCC, UL, TUV, and CSA requirements. Today, Mapower, with sales growing year over year, distributes its products world wide as a leading manufacturer of external storage enclosure systems. For more information please visit http://www.mapower.com.tw.

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. 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.

Safe Harbor Statement

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 statements regarding management's plans to complete its Ultra Wideband (UWB) semiconductor chip designs, and the performance of its UWB technology in silicon. Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include unforeseen increased costs in research and development, the company's ability to maintain adequate funding to develop and implement UWB technology, the performance and acceptance of its UWB technology when successfully moved to silicon and the risk factors specified in the company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005, Form 10-Q for the periods ended March 31, 2006, June 30, 2006 and September 30, 2006, as well as other filings with the SEC. These statements are based on information as of January 8, 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

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