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FEI buys wireless audio IP license for UWB

Posted: 07 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless audio IP? intellectual property? wireless media?

Focus Enhancements Inc. has entered into an agreement to purchase certain intellectual property rights for a prototype wireless audio product chipset developed by AudioMojo Inc. and owned by Hallo Development Co.

The capabilities of the digital wireless audio (DWA) technology include 2ms latency to avoid noticeable lip-sync errors, which occur above 10ms. The device is also said to be very scalable, enabling up to 16 channels, and delivers independent 24bit, 48kHz audio to each channel.

The technology also features SpeakerFinder, which identifies within inches where each speaker is relative to the rest of the room, and myZone, which identifies and adjusts each speaker to make the listener the center of the surround sound, regardless of the listener's location.

"Blending superior DWA technology with our video expertise strengthens our UWB strategy and creates a unique capability for Focus Enhancements to deliver wireless media throughout the home," said Brett Moyer, president and CEO of Focus Enhancements. "DWA is an exciting, growing market in its own right. RH Associates projects the total available market for DWA to reach $53 million by 2009, growing to $136 million in 2011. Since we have developed significant long-standing relationships with large consumer electronics companies with our video conversion technology, we intend to leverage these for distribution.

Moyer added that the rapid time-to-revenue and relatively low cash requirements were important factors in the company's acquisition decision. "With an additional engineering investment of $1.5 million, we expect to sample DWA chips in Q1 09 and begin volume production mid-2009 in time for the holiday season. Our goal is to deliver high quality audio and video via UWB using a single radio, thus lowering the system cost for the large consumer electronics manufacturers," he added.

The asset purchase includes two patent applications originally filed by AudioMojo and the rights to intellectual property allowing Focus Enhancements to file four provisional patents.

The agreement is subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions and is expected to be complete July 18.

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