January 02, 2007 10:14 ET

Kleer Announces Reference Design for Wireless Earphones

Revolutionary low-power radio architecture enables new product category

CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 2, 2007) - Kleer today announced the availability of the first reference design for small form factor wireless earphones that achieve at least 10 hours playtime of lossless CD-quality digital stereo audio over a robust 2.4GHz radio link. The reference design demonstrates the industry's first un-tethered earphones, meaning there is no wire necessary between the right earphone and the left earphone. The earphones will work with any Kleer-based audio source, including portable audio/media players, home audio/theater systems, and automotive systems. The reference design includes an optional adaptor for the latest generation iPod®. Kleer's wireless earphone reference design is based on the Company's KLR3012 RF audio module, the first product in the Company's recently announced Kleer Audio LP line of RF wireless modules. Kleer will be exhibiting at CES 2007, at the Sands Convention Center, booth #IP209

"Foster is extremely careful to maintain a high quality level with our earphone products. This Kleer technology exactly meets our severe requirements with its acoustic quality and low power consumption." explains Woody Kishi, Officer, HP Div. Deputy General Manager, of Foster.

"We're hearing from consumer electronics manufacturers that wireless earphones is the most requested feature in the portable audio market today," said Ron Glibbery, VP of Marketing for Kleer. "Due to the high power consumption of existing wireless technologies such as Bluetooth, cumbersome over-the-ear style headphones are required to accommodate a large battery. Kleer's wireless earphone design uses only one-tenth of the power of a comparable Bluetooth design, so our battery size requirements are much smaller.

Wireless earphones provide a variety of benefits over traditional wired earphones. Wires can easily get entangled in hair and clothing, and often get yanked out during physical activity. Wireless earphones based on Kleer technology not only eliminate these problems but also provide additional capabilities such as Kleer's Listen In™ mode, whereby multiple users can simultaneously listen to one MP3 player or DVD player.

The Kleer reference design for wireless earphones will provide manufacturers with the baseline set of technical information they need to bring these much anticipated wireless earphones to market, including the BOM, schematics and Gerber files. Evaluation kits and the earphone reference design can be ordered by contacting Kleer.

More About the Kleer Audio LP Line of RF Wireless Modules

Kleer's Audio LP line of RF wireless modules is the industry's first such offering to combine high quality audio and robust ISM band coexistence with low power consumption to address the full range of audio market segments. Unlike Bluetooth, Kleer's patented subsampling radio architecture was designed from the ground up to communicate lossless CD-quality digital stereo audio over a robust 2.4GHz radio link, while achieving 10 times the battery life of a comparable Bluetooth solution. Kleer's Wireless Audio LP technology is ideal for consumer electronics OEMs that want to develop interoperable wireless audio products for the portable, home and automotive audio markets. The first product in the Kleer Audio LP line is the KLR3012 module that integrates Kleer's mixed signal RFIC with RF passives such that little RF design expertise is required to implement a product. Kleer's embedded software also offers complete and configurable functionality enabling the implementation of products with little or no software development.

About Kleer Corp.

Founded in 2002, Kleer is a fabless semiconductor company that has developed the first wireless audio technology to combine high quality audio and robust ISM band coexistence with low power consumption to address portable, home and automotive audio markets. Kleer's Audio LP technology is ideally suited for OEMs of portable audio players, iPod® and other player accessories, home audio/theater systems, earphones, headphones, and speakers. Kleer distributes its products via direct sales in North America, and a distribution channel in Korea and Japan. The Company is headquartered in Cupertino, California with product development facilities in Ottawa, Ontario. For more information, contact the company at 19925 Stevens Creek Blvd. Suite 111, Cupertino, CA, 95014, Tel: 408-973-7255, Fax: 408-973-7256, Email: info@kleer.com.

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