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Jim Bohac
Phone: 408.716.8022

Fortemedia, Inc. 
4051 Burton Dr.,
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Phone: 408-861-8088



September 25, 2006
Compal Electronics and Fortemedia Launch World's First Notebook with Small Array Microphone (SAM) Technology

Cupertino, Calif. , September 25, 2006 – Fortemedia, a leader in voice processing technology, and Compal Electronics, a world leader in notebook original design manufacturing (ODM), announced the 1st production ready mainstream notebook integrating Fortemedia’s patented Small Array Microphone? (SAM) technology at the Intel Developer Forum 2006 (San Francisco, Taipei, Shanghai).

Fortemedia’s SAM module is integrated on the display lid of Compal’s HGL30/31 notebook. Differing from broadside array microphone, SAM’s unique cone shaped beam can effectively suppress ambient interferers and noises from typing, hard disk or optical drive spinning and notebook fan. SAM also provides uncompromised full duplex speakerphone performance. Its distinctive small form factor, low power consumption addresses the challenges faced in designing notebooks.

The new HGL30/31 series is a thin-and-light notebook with advanced features like 1.3M pixel camera, Fortemedia SAM module, VoIP desk phone integration, TPM 1.2 and fingerprint in a slim 5.3 lb package.

“Compal HGL30/31 series is the 1st notebook targeting popular VoIP applications for traveling professionals and consumers,” said Andrew Chen, Vice President of Sales at Compal. “SAM from Fortemedia perfectly fulfills the mobile end user voice communication expectation. The effort we took to design new features into the HGL30/31 is a testament of Compal’s goal in delivering the most advanced solutions to the ever changing PC and communications industries.”

“Fortemedia’s SAM dominates the automotive hands-free communication segment already.” said Dr. Paul Huang, Chairman and CEO of Fortemedia. “We are excited to have this opportunity to work with market leaders such as Compal in delivering breakthrough technology such as SAM to notebook PCs. Notebook PC users will now experience superior voice quality for VoIP and video conferencing, more enjoyable internet gaming, and usable voice activated application offered only by SAM. ”

About Compal Electronics

Established in 1984, Compal Electronics (2324.TW) is one of the world’s largest notebook PC makers. While notebook PCs now make up majority of its total revenue, LCD monitors and LCD TVs are also part of Compal’s product offering. Compal sells its notebooks primarily to Dell, HP, Toshiba, and Acer. In 2005, Compal shipped more then 9.8 million notebook PCs. The company is located in Taiwan and owns production facilities in China. The success of its mobile communications business was spun off and is now known as Compal Communications (8078.TW).

About Fortemedia

Fortemedia is a fab-less semiconductor company headquartered in Cupertino, California. Since 2000, the company has been developing advanced voice processing ICs to enable hands-free communications. Fortemedia’s patented Small Array Microphone (SAM) technology and state of the art voice processor IC deliver high performance echo-cancellation and noise suppression solutions. Features such as beam-forming can pinpoint the location of the person speaking, picking up only voice from speaker while blocking out ambient unwanted noises. Fortemedia’s low power processors can easily cancel 65dB of acoustic or nonlinear echo and 25dB of non-stationary noise required in mobile hands-free environment. As of Q2 of 2006, Fortemedia has shipped more than 7 millions units to more than 30 world class customers. Its products have been broadly used in automotive, personal navigation devices, VoIP phone and video conferencing etc. applications. Fortemedia’s customers include BenQ, Acer, ASUS, Motorola, Jaguar, Siemens, Sony, Sharp, NEC, Fujitsu, Nokia, LG, Samsung, Hyundai Motors, and Nissan etc. Fortemedia has 125 employees worldwide, with branch offices in Taiwan, China, and Germany. For more information, please visit

Contact Information:

Compal Electronics

Louis Liu,

Fortemedia Inc.
Edward Deng,
+886-2-2546-2100 x 24