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Jim Bohac
Phone: 408.716.8022

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



September 26, 2006
Fortemedia receives investment from Intel Capital

Fortemedia’s patented technology - Small Array Microphone? (SAM) creates a unique cone shaped beam that suppresses noises and echo. This revolutionary technology can dramatically improve the voice intelligibility in adverse environments. SAM is extremely effective in real-time voice communications such as speakerphone function. In addition, it enhances man-machine interaction by increasing speech recognition accuracy. Its distinctive small form factor and low power consumption remove the barriers for adopting microphone array in mobile communication space.

“Superseding other array microphones or traditional single element microphone in use since 1876, SAM ushers a new era for the voice input industry.” said Dr. Paul Huang, Chairman and CEO of Fortemedia. “Fortemedia’s SAM products have already achieved major market shares in the automotive hands-free communications segment. With Intel’s involvement, Fortemedia can now offer PC consumers a superior VoIP and video conference experience, more enjoyable internet gaming sessions and usable voice activated applications.”.

“Fortemedia’s SAM technology is well poised as the next-generation voice interface for consumer applications, not just automotive. With this investment, Intel is interested in bringing this voice interface technology to mobile PC platforms," said Sriram Viswanathan, Vice President of Intel Capital.

Fortemedia will showcase its technology at the Fall 2006 Intel Developer Forum, Mobility Pavilion.

About Intel Capital

Intel Capital, Intel’s venture capital organization, makes equity investments in innovative technology start-ups and companies worldwide. Intel Capital invests in a broad range of companies offering hardware, software and services targeting enterprise, home, mobility, health, consumer Internet and semiconductor manufacturing. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested more than US$4 billion in more than 1,000 companies spanning more than 30 countries. During this time, about 160 portfolio companies have been acquired and another 150 have gone public on exchanges around the world. In 2005, Intel Capital invested about US$265 million in about 140 deals with approximately 60 percent of funds invested outside the United States. For more information on Intel Capital and its differentiated advantages, visit

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

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