SOURCE: Focus Enhancements

May 23, 2006 09:06 ET

Focus Enhancements to Display Semiconductor Products at WinHEC 2006

TV-out Encoders and Ultra Wideband Wireless Products Making Digital Homes a Reality

CAMPBELL, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 23, 2006 -- Focus Enhancements, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE), a worldwide leader in video production and conversion technology, will participate with Microsoft and other industry leaders at WinHEC 2006 in Seattle, May 22-25. The company will be in booth #512 in the Certified Wireless USB Community.

Focus Enhancements will be showcasing both its video convergence TV-out encoder product family and its new Talaria™ UWB wireless technology. Focus Enhancements is a proud member of both WiMedia and USB-IF. Talaria technology is designed to work with both Certified Wireless USB products and WiMedia peer devices, providing the enhanced capabilities necessary for a reliable and spotless streaming of high-definition media. The company will also be featuring its TV encoder chips and their utility in Windows CE based media appliances.

"With the digital home becoming a reality and more digital content being delivered to it, high quality display capabilities and reliable wireless distribution become almost necessities that users will doubtfully give up," said Tom Hamilton, executive vice president and general manager for the Focus Enhancements' Semiconductor Group. "We are very excited to share the same vision for the digital home with Microsoft, who is the standard for dependable computing and digital media platforms."

Mr. Hamilton continued, "Our Talaria wireless technology is designed to be fully compatible with Wireless USB (Certified by USB-IF) -- which will be supported in the upcoming release of Windows Vista -- and our latest Video Convergence FS450 product family includes full support for Windows Embedded platforms (Windows CE and Windows XP Embedded)."

"We are pleased to work with Focus Enhancements to deliver a positive experience for our users," said Fred Bhesania, USB-IF board member and Wireless USB Program Manager, at Microsoft Corp. "Focus Enhancements products, together with the new Talaria wireless technology, provide users of Microsoft Windows platforms with high quality video rendering and enhanced wireless functionality."

Video Convergence Product Family

Since 1996, Focus Enhancements has been designing and producing convergence semiconductor products for demanding video applications. Its Video Convergence products are used in digital media appliances such as Set-top Boxes to create studio quality standard definition (SDTV) and high definition (HDTV) TV video for all of the most widely used worldwide TV formats.

Focus will be featuring the FS455/6, a very small footprint video encoder that is suitable for applications in Portable Media Players. Other applications range from self contained studio quality scan converters to much more compact PC-to-TV chips for consumer electronics and portable electronics devices, including: PCs, gaming consoles, television sets, PVR/DVRs, IP-STBs, DVD recorders, personal digital assistants (PDAs), automotive entertainment systems, as well as scan converters for industrial applications. The FS series, PC-to-TV co-processors are among the most advanced video co-processors ever developed.

Talaria UWB Technology

Focus Enhancements' industry leading UWB technology allows wireless high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) video transmission at data rates from 37 Mbps to 880 Mbps with distances sufficient for whole house wireless video coverage. The digital/baseband/MAC chip is an integral part of Talaria UWB technology, which is already proven to effectively transmit wireless video through a variety of typical in-home obstructions. The company is now demonstrating multiple HD streams through various types of walls and line-of-sight SD video streams up to 40 meters in its Hillsboro, OR laboratory.

Talaria uses both WiMedia MB-OFDM and Focus Enhancements DS-OFDM™ modulation techniques. Designed to be interoperable with the WiMedia UWB Standard, Talaria generates more densely packed signals that cover a wider swath of the available UWB spectrum. This means that Focus Enhancements' UWB radios provide a more robust link that transfers data at faster rates over longer distances, making them ideal for high-speed wireless and video applications throughout a home or small office.

The Talaria UWB technology analog chip will operate between 3.2 gigahertz (GHz) and 7.2 GHz. In addition to 880 Mbps, other selectable rate settings include 110 Mbps, 440 Mbps and 660 Mbps. The digital chip uses a cost effective 0.13 micron CMOS process technology to supply reliable, consumer-friendly video distribution.

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 System 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. Such statements include statements regarding management's expectations of demand for FOCUS Enhancements' Ultra Wideband (UWB) products, management's plans to complete its UWB semiconductor chip designs, 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 unforeseen increased costs in research and development relating to the completion of our UWB technology, 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, the performance and acceptance of its UWB 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, Form 10-Q for the period ending March 31, 2006, and other filings with the SEC. These statements are based on information as of May 23, 2006 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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