SOURCE: Focus Enhancements

May 24, 2005 08:00 ET

FOCUS Enhancements Announces New Vice President of Sales for Semiconductor Group

Industry Veteran Mark Zadeh Brings 20 Years Semiconductor and Technology Industry Experience

CAMPBELL, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 24, 2005 -- FOCUS Enhancements, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE), a worldwide leader in video production and conversion technology, announced Mark Zadeh has joined the company as vice president of sales for its Semiconductor Group, effective today. Zadeh reports to Tom Hamilton, executive vice president and general manager of FOCUS Enhancements' Semiconductor Group.

Zadeh has over 20 years of industry experience in the semiconductor and technology industry. Most recently, he was the director of sales and business development at Planar Systems, Inc., where he developed its worldwide sales organization and channel strategy. Prior to Planar, Zadeh was the director of worldwide strategic original equipment manufacture (OEM) sales at Pixelworks Inc. and was responsible for establishing strategic OEM account alliances with tier-one personal computer OEMs. During his tenure, Pixelworks grew from development stage to over $50 million in revenue. Zadeh also held executive sales positions at Labtec, Inc., which was acquired by Logitech; Future Domain Corporation, which was acquired by Adaptec; and at Archive Corporation, a Seagate company.

Brett Moyer, FOCUS Enhancements' president and chief executive officer, stated, "Mark's arrival at FOCUS Enhancements is aptly timed, as the industry progresses with Ultra Wideband (UWB) standards and we expect to move our UWB technology into silicon in the second half 2005. This addition to the team better positions us to capitalize on the market potential of UWB in what will be a dynamic and exciting time for the company."

"As vice president of sales, Mark is responsible for driving the adoption of UWB chipsets and convergence chips among module partners and customers," added Tom Hamilton. "Mark has a proven track record in quickly building sales of major technology initiatives from development stage to significant commercial volumes, and we expect to benefit from his depth of experience in building and maintaining OEM and channel relationships."

Zadeh holds an MBA degree from California State University, Fullerton and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Research Institute in Vienna, Austria.

About FOCUS Enhancements, Inc.

FOCUS Enhancements Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE) is a leading designer of world-class solutions in advanced, proprietary video technology. Headquartered in Campbell, CA, FOCUS Enhancements designs, develops, and markets video solutions in two distinct markets: advanced proprietary video conversion integrated circuits (ICs) and affordable, high quality, digital-video conversion and video production equipment. Semiconductor IC products include designs for PCs, game cards, Internet, set-top boxes, Internet appliances, and interactive TV applications, and they are sold directly to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). FOCUS Enhancements' complete line of video presentation and video production devices are sold globally through resellers and distributors to the broadcast, education, cable, business, industrial, presentation, Internet, gaming, home video production and home theater markets. More information on FOCUS Enhancements may be obtained from the company's SEC filings, or by visiting the FOCUS Enhancements home page at

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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 statements regarding management's expectations of demand for FOCUS Enhancements' products, which impacts revenue and the gross margin percentage, management's plans to complete its Ultra Wideband (UWB) semiconductor chip designs, move UWB technology to silicon, 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 customers' acceptance of recently introduced products, changes in customer order patterns, unforeseen increased costs in research and development, the company's ability to maintain adequate funding to develop and implement UWB technology, the ability of the company to migrate its UWB technology to silicon in a timely manner, if at all, the performance and acceptance of its UWB technology if and when successfully moved to silicon, and the risk factors specified in the company's Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2004, Form 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, 2005, and other filings with the SEC. These statements are based on information as of May 24, 2005, 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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