SOURCE: Focus Enhancements

May 29, 2007 06:30 ET

Focus Enhancements Announces Availability of Its New Mobile TV Encoder

Chip Provides Very Low Power Usage and Small Size -- Both Key Requirements for Mobile Media Devices and Smartphones

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - May 29, 2007) - Focus Enhancements, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE), a worldwide leader in Ultra Wideband (UWB) wireless technology, video conversion and digital media, announced the availability of samples for its new mobile TV encoder chip, the FS•471/FS•472, optimized for battery operated, mobile media devices and features two very important advancements -- lower power usage and small foot print.

"Our priority for TV encoder products is to deliver industry leading TV-out image quality," said Michael Ngo, engineering vice president for Focus Enhancements' semiconductor group. "In addition, we put our efforts into ensuring the chip puts a minimal drain on battery life. At less than 5 micro amps current draw in sleep mode, we believe we have successfully met that challenge."

The FS•471/FS•472 is nearly 50 percent smaller than the company's previously available TV-out encoder chips, while still producing superior TV-out quality for both NTSC and PAL TV standards. Features include:

--  Optimized for battery powered, handheld applications -- under 130
    milliwatts for one CVBS TV-out
--  Sleep current less than 5 µA
--  Small 5 mm X 5 mm Lead Free ball grid array package
--  Flexible scaling of video input resolutions from 220 X 176 to 1366 X
    768
--  JTAG interface
--  Advanced 2D scaling and flicker filter
--  Macrovision 7.1L1 copy protection (FS472)
    
"The portable media market continues to be very dynamic and demanding," said Tom Hamilton, executive vice president and general manger of the semiconductor group at Focus Enhancements. "With each new product generation we look hard at our customers' requirements, and for these devices it's all about low power and small size. We believe samples of our new FS•47x chips will show our customers we heard their message and are delivering a product that fulfills their needs."

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, demand for Focus Enhancements' products, which impacts revenue, gross margin percentage and cash from operations and the performance of its technology. 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 customers' acceptance of recently introduced products, changes in customer order patterns, unforeseen increased costs and delays in research and development, the performance and acceptance of its technology, and the risk factors specified in the company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, and Form 10-Q for the period ending March 31, 2007 as well as other filings with the SEC. These statements are based on information as of May 29, 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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