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January 07, 2007 16:00 ET

RCA to Ship World's First Wireless Headphone mp3 Player Utilizing Kleer Wireless Audio Technology

"RCA Jet Stream" To Provide CD Quality Audio Over Wireless Link

CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 7, 2007) - Kleer (www.kleer.com) today announced that RCA has chosen Kleer's patented Kleer Audio LP™ technology for use in its latest generation of wireless mp3 audio player. Using Kleer's technology, RCA is able to provide consumers with the convenience of compact, wireless headphones, while maintaining CD-quality audio, and over 10 hours of battery life. A typical wireless solution used with cell phones would offer only one hour of battery life.

"One of the key features we can offer active consumers is the ability to 'cut the cord' by utilizing Kleer's wireless technology," said Dwight Sakuma, General Manager of Audio/Video for Thomson. "Now you can exercise and enjoy your favorite music without worrying about the cords that connect your headphones to the mp3 player - a true consumer benefit we'll be promoting when the RCA Jet Stream ships later this spring. We immediately recognized Kleer as a technology that could meet our requirements, particularly in terms of audio quality, battery life, and immunity to interference." Thomson is the owner of the RCA brand and the marketer of RCA Audio and Video products.

The Kleer wireless solution will enable RCA mp3 players to provide consumers with a variety of new options not previously available in the portable audio world. For example, the RCA device can transmit to up to 4 simultaneous users, therefore allowing multiple users to listen to the same music. In contrast, Bluetooth supports only one end user at a time. Further, the Kleer enrolment protocol is designed to be extremely user friendly, with the addition or deletion of users facilitated with the simple push of a button.

"We're thrilled that a quality brand such as RCA has chosen to use Kleer to enable a key differentiating feature for their next generation of MP3 players," says Levent Gun, President and CEO of Kleer. "We see support for wireless earphones as the price of entry for MP3 players over the coming months, and RCA is setting the pace for this capability."

Key Advantages Over Conventional Wireless Technology

Other wireless offerings such as Bluetooth suffer from poor audio quality due to the use of lossy audio compression, poor ISM band coexistence performance in high interference environments, and high power consumption when carrying streaming audio. In contrast, Kleer's Audio LP modules offer the following advantages over Bluetooth:

- Lossless transmission of 16-bit, 44.1KHz-sampled stereo audio to deliver full CD-quality audio. Lossless transmission also enables the 'beaming' of music or other data files from one player to another.

- 10 times the battery life of a comparable Bluetooth solution. This enables OEMs to integrate wireless technology into portable audio players without suffering a large penalty in battery life. And OEMs can introduce new small form factor products such as wireless earphones knowing that small batteries will still give them acceptable battery life.

- Best-in-class ISM band co-existence by dynamically selecting one out of 16 narrowband channels, each of which can fit in the gaps between wireless LAN channels, and ensuring that only unoccupied channels are selected.

- Kleer's Listen In™ technology that enables users to share the listening experience by having multiple wireless earphones, headphones or speakers listening simultaneously to the same audio source.

RCA's wireless Jet Stream mp3 player, part of the new RCA Gem Line, will be on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in the front row of the South Hall, booth #20901.

About Kleer

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, or visit the company web site at www.kleer.com

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