SOURCE: Focus Enhancemts

March 21, 2007 06:30 ET

Focus Enhancements Announces Availability of System-in-Package Module for Wireless UWB Applications

Compact and Economical Design Will Lower Cost and Complexity for UWB and Wireless USB Products

CAMPBELL, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 21, 2007 -- Focus Enhancements, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE), a worldwide leader in video production, PC-to-TV conversion and Ultra Wideband (UWB) wireless technology, today announced its industry-leading UWB technology is now available in a compact and economical System-in-Package (SiP) form factor.

Based on the WiMedia and ECMA-368/ECMA-369 international standards as well as Certified Wireless USB specification from the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), the module (TT•1013) combines the company's analog front-end radio frequency (RF) transceiver chip with its digital baseband processor (DBP)/media access controller (MAC) chip. Engineering samples are available for immediate delivery to customers, which include major personal computer (PC) peripheral manufacturers and consumer electronic (CE) companies.

Products in the CE and PC markets which will be targeted include wireless USB dongles and hubs, as well as devices featuring integrated wireless USB, such as printers, external/remote disk drives, camcorders and digital cameras.

"The smaller SiP package addresses the demand for lower cost and small size that is critical to the wireless USB segment of the UWB market," said Valerio Filauro, product marketing manager for Focus Enhancements' semiconductor group. "Reference designs and product development kits using the new SiP are expected to be available in the second quarter 2007."

"Wireless USB is clearly going to be the first application for UWB in volume," said Tom Hamilton, executive vice president and general manager of Focus Enhancements' semiconductor group. "This new addition to our product line will be going into the hands of designers supplying wireless USB products for the 2007 holiday retail season."

Key Features of the TT•1013:

 -- 14mm X 27mm Ball Grid Array Package
 -- Low Cost Bill of Materials
 -- Data Rates for USB - up to 480 Mbps
 -- Transmission Ranges up to 30 Meters
 -- Extended Frequency Range: 3.1 GHz to 7.4 GHz
    -- Supports WiMedia Band Groups 1, 2 & 3.
 -- Advanced Power Management
 -- Supports FFI and TFI Transmission Modes
 -- Distributed TDMA MAC
    -- High Quality of Service for streaming applications
 -- Hardware MAC Accelerator
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 production 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 March 21, 2007 and the company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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