SOURCE: Focus Enhancements

March 05, 2007 06:30 ET

Focus Enhancements Completes Tape-Out for Next Generation TV-out Chip

49% Smaller With Aggressive Power Management, the New Chip Targets On-the-Go Digital Media: Portable Media Players, Smartphones and Portable Navigation Systems

CAMPBELL, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 5, 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 completed a tape-out of its newest version of a TV-out chip with a feature set highly optimized for products like portable media players (PMPs), Smartphones and portable navigation systems. This product segment represents a high growth opportunity in consumer electronics and cellular communications, as evidenced by the high level of interest shown at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in January.

Designed specifically for battery operated, handheld multimedia devices, this encoder provides advanced power management techniques, uses a small 5mm x 5mm ball grid array package, and delivers uncompromising TV-out video quality in all standard TV formats.

"Our mission is to provide problem-solving semiconductors to digital media markets. This chip addresses the critical concerns of portable digital media product designers who want to transfer video from portable devices onto a TV," said Tom Hamilton, executive vice president and general manager of Focus Enhancements' semiconductor group. "The smaller size and efficient power usage of this TV-out encoder, which assure long battery life for portable devices, exemplify our commitment to bringing the right product features to our customers in a cost-effective fashion."

Engineering samples are expected to be available mid-year 2007. For detailed preliminary information about this chip please visit http://www.focussemi.com/sales/mobile_tv_out_info.htm

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 TV-out semiconductor chip design. 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 ability of the company to migrate its TV-out technology to silicon in a timely manner, the performance and acceptance of its TV-out 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, Forms 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 5, 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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