SOURCE: Focus Enhancements

February 26, 2007 06:00 ET

Focus Enhancements Teams With Firefly Technology, Ltd. to Expand Global Semiconductor Presence in Europe

Relationship Significantly Strengthens Design-Win Potential for Chips Going Into Portable Media Products

CAMPBELL, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 26, 2007 -- Focus Enhancements, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE) has teamed with Firefly Technology, Ltd. to represent its complete line of TV-out video convergence and Ultra Wideband (UWB) semiconductor products in Europe.

The company's performance-leading UWB technology is compatible with wireless USB from the USB Implementers Forum, Inc. and video encoder chips, which enable TV-out for a variety of handheld media appliances. Firefly will sell both product lines to consumer electronics, PC, and cell phone markets.

"Europe represents a vibrant and growing opportunity for us in digital media, especially portable media products," said Mark Zadeh, vice president of worldwide sales for Focus Enhancements' semiconductor group. "Firefly has existing relationships with our target customers and will enable us to offer an extremely high level of technical, marketing, and sales support. Firefly's representatives have extensive experience, technical support and distribution services which complement our marketing capabilities. They will expand our reach and help us meet the increasing demand for semiconductor solutions for digital media throughout the region."

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Focus Enhancements' semiconductor group," said Tony James, Managing Director of Firefly Technology. "Focus' video convergence chips have a lot of synergy with our consumer business unit's strategic direction: portable media and handheld devices. In addition, the TALARIA™ UWB technology will ride the next wave of consumer electronics which will move high-definition video content and large media files around the digital home, wirelessly."

About Firefly Technology:

Firefly Technology is the European representative for a number of high technology semiconductor manufacturers including: Analog Devices, International Rectifier, Pixelworks and SigmaTel. Founded in 1996, Firefly has served the semiconductor industry in the UK and Europe for more than 10 years, building up many influential customer relationships along the way. Firefly's approach is to act as a seamless extension of the principal's OEM sales team. Firefly's sales and applications engineers are responsible for creating customer demand and ensuring customer satisfaction through tight account management. In addition, Firefly specializes in new business development and brand sales; tying up OEM, channel and retail brands with competent manufacturers in the Far East to deliver cost-effective but reliable consumer electronics.

Firefly Technology is a privately owned, limited company, based in the Thames Valley, UK with an office in Scandinavia. For additional information about Firefly Technology, please visit our web site at http://www.fireflytech.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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