SOURCE: Focus Enhancements

April 17, 2007 11:30 ET

Focus Enhancements Introduces MMC MPEG/DV Codec PCI Cards for OEMs and Integrators

Broadcast Quality PCI Cards Include Hardware Media Codecs and a Full Range of I/O Options to Convert Video Signals to and From High Quality, Compressed MPEG Files

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 17, 2007 -- NAB2007 -- Focus Enhancements, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE), a worldwide leader in media management and Ultra Wideband (UWB) wireless technology, today unveiled its new MMC Media Codec family of PCI cards. Designed to convert industry-standard, uncompressed video signals to and from compressed MPEG files, the high performance MMC cards offer the industry's first support for independent encoding and decoding.

The MMC family will be on display in Focus Enhancements' booth, SL2605, at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 16-19, 2007

Focus Enhancements' MMC cards are designed for various applications, including general purpose real-time capture and playback, HDD-based video recorders and servers, training and corporate content services, digital signage, as well as real-time decoding from satellite, terrestrial, or private television network. Unlike simple I/O, capture-only, decode or display-only, and graphic accelerator cards, the MMC family features dedicated hardware to independently handle MPEG and DV encoding and decoding.

"The new MMC cards are designed for use in our own media acquisition and delivery products and are also offered to integrators developing real world video applications that depend on flawless, high performance compression," said Rob Caldeira, senior product manager for Focus Enhancements. "The new line delivers greater value and faster ROI compared to other broadcast quality solutions that are limited to capture-only or decode-only capabilities."

Each MMC card features independent encode/decode, multiple I/O choices, and driver support for Windows XP, Vista, and Linux. Key technical features include support for MPEG-2 MP@ML 2-15Mbit/s CBR or 2-12Mbit/s VBR, EIA-608 Closed Caption, RoHS compliance, SDI digital audio embed/de-embed, and independent encode/decode functionality for timeshift mode support. A full range of I/O options includes Composite (BNC), S-Video (Mini-DIN), Component (BNC), SD-SDI (BNC), and DV (6-pin IEEE-1394).

The initial MMC offering includes four variations:

--  MMC-1 Media Codec (Composite)
--  MMC-2 Media Codec (SD-SDI/Composite)
--  MMC-3 Media Codec (Component/SD-SDI/Composite)
--  MMC-4 Media Codec (DV/Component/SD-SDI/Composite)
    
The MMC Media Codec cards are available now for evaluation under OEM agreement to Focus Enhancements integrators. US manufacturers suggested retail prices are: $695 for the MMC-1, $1,595 for the MMC-2, $1,995 for the MMC-3, and $2,195 for the MMC-4.

For more information, please visit www.focusinfo.com.

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.

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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. 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 the risk factors specified in the company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, as well as other filings with the SEC. These statements are based on information as of April 17, 2007 and the company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

© 2007 Focus Enhancements Inc. All rights reserved.

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