SOURCE: Focus Enhancements

May 02, 2005 08:05 ET

FOCUS Enhancements Demonstrates Wireless, Ultra Wideband Transmission of High-Definition Streams -- Through Walls

Continuous Progress Being Made With Dual Mode Chipset Development Based on the WiMedia/MBOA UWB Standard and Showcases FOCUS' Leading Technology Development

CAMPBELL, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 2, 2005 -- FOCUS Enhancements, Inc.'s (NASDAQ: FCSE) semiconductor group is successfully demonstrating the transmission of two high-definition TV (HDTV) streams through walls at its Hillsboro, OR, facility. This exciting development is another successful step toward the ultimate goal of enabling consumer products that will transmit multiple HD streams throughout the home based on FOCUS UWB chipsets later this year. This industry-leading technology extends the WiMedia/MBOA UWB Standard to better meet the requirements of video and high-speed data distribution through the home and office of the future.

FOCUS Enhancements' UWB technology will create a true personal area network (PAN) larger than ten feet with the ability to deliver rich media and crisp video content to UWB receivers. Its innovative technology is seamlessly interoperable with the WiMedia/MBOA UWB Standard while also extending performance in two critical areas -- data rate and range. UWB will extend the performance of next-generation personal/digital video recorders, TVs, set-top boxes, Media PCs, and DVD players.

"UWB is the standard that makes next-generation, high-performance wireless networks possible for real world applications, enabling the delivery of high-resolution and high-quality digital media throughout the home," said Tom Hamilton, executive vice president and general manager of FOCUS Enhancements' semiconductor group. "Market interest is found in the wireless inter-connection of devices like TVs and home entertainment systems which will exchange music, photos, and video as well as store and distribute media. Our UWB technology is taking wireless to the next level with an emphasis on transmission quality for distance and speed."

Mike Kelly, vice president of marketing for FOCUS Enhancements' semiconductor group, stated, "FOCUS has essentially doubled the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineering's (IEEE's) targets of 110 Mbps at a distance of 10 meters. Other solutions fall short when trying to deliver sustained high-resolution video over longer distances and are not very tolerant of things getting in the way of the signal. We are overcoming these obstacles -- now with two HD streams through a wall -- and have something that is practical for use by consumers in the home."

FOCUS Enhancements expects to sample UWB chip-sets in the third quarter of 2005 and modules containing UWB chip-sets later in the year. Performance expectations are anticipated to range from 880 Megabits per second (Mbps) at 8 meters to 37 Mbps at around 40-plus meters.

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 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 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 for the year ended December 31, 2004, and other filings with the SEC. These statements are based on information as of May 2, 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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