SMK Electronics to License Movea's MotionIC Platform Technologies

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Motion enabled remote controls will enable the next generation of PayTVs to be more intereactive and user friendly

We are delighted to partner with SMK, the world’s largest remote control manufacturer, and deliver MotionIC-based solutions that offer Service Providers new revenue opportunities, enhanced user experience, and increased end-user value

Movea and SMK-Europe NV today announced a licensing agreement to integrate Movea’s patented MotionIC™ platform technologies into SMK’s next generation remote control designs. Under the agreement, SMK and Movea establish a development relationship and business partnership to jointly develop a product prototype that will be released at IBC 2010 in Amsterdam and promoted to leading PayTV Service Providers and Set-Top Box manufacturers.

The partners will be co-promoting the new motion remote with Movea showing the product in a private meeting room in the Novotel Hotel near the RAI Convention Center. “We are delighted to partner with SMK, the world’s largest remote control manufacturer, and deliver MotionIC based solutions that offer Service Providers new revenue opportunities, enhanced user experience, and increased end-user value,” said Sam Guilaume, CEO of Movea. “Through its adoption of the MotionIC Platform, SMK continues to demonstrate its commitment to innovation and product leadership in the digital television ecosystem.”

SMK will also be showing the product, based on its “Jade” remote control form factor, and leading discussions with Service Providers on emerging digital television services that will leverage Movea’s MotionIC technology through a new breed of set-top box and motion-driven UI’s for navigating digital media. “Movea’s advanced MotionIC technology provides best-in-class motion sensing and pointing capabilities, enabling us to promote the most viable and cost effective solutions to the PayTV market,” said Patrick Delanoeije, General Manager, SMK Europe. “We anticipate that leading European Service Providers will adopt this proven sensor technology in an accelerated fashion following Movea’s first major commercial IPTV deployment in Q4 2010. SMK is committed to integrate this advanced functionality in both off-the-shelf and custom developed remotes, serving European clients from its local Hungary-based production facilities.”

Movea’s twenty plus years of experience developing sensor agnostic, motion processing solutions offers customers an unmatched understanding of the science of motion technology for applications and products in a wide range of markets including: consumer electronics, sports, and physical activity monitoring.

SMK’s global leadership in the design, development and manufacture of remote control solutions uniquely positions the company to help Service Providers as they develop innovative digital media applications and advanced digital television services.

SmartMotion™ by Movea
Movea is a leading provider of motion processing chips, software, embeddable firmware, and IP for the Consumer Electronics industry. Movea's unique motion processing capabilities enable our customers and partners to quickly add motion intelligence to their products. That means companies can reduce the risk, cost, and Time-to-Market for delivering compelling new motion-based features which differentiate their products and create more end-user value.

Movea has a global reach with headquarters in Grenoble, France, a US subsidiary in Silicon Valley, California, as well as technology partners, manufacturing partners and distributors around the world. Movea’s Gyration branded CE products have won numerous awards, such as the CES 2010 Innovation honouree award. Gyration products are available through Movea’s global network of distributors and retailers. Further information can be found at http://www.movea.com and http://www.gyration.com.

About SMK
SMK Corporation is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. SMK was first established in l925, manufacturers, develops and markets electronic components used by major OEM’s in the field of Communications, Information, Audio-Visual, Car Electronics and Home Electronics. With European offices in Belgium, R&D operations in U.K. and with local manufacturing facilities in Hungary, in addition to SMK’s global l3 factories, SMK is strategically positioned to supply electronics solutions to OEM’s and market leaders engaged in Personal Computing, Consumer Electronics manufacturers and the Subscription Television industry. SMK maintains the dominant worldwide position in the supply of remote controls, producing greater than 70 million units annually, and has strongly invested in the market of devices supporting rich media, interactive and advanced TV features. . Further information can be found at http://www.smk.co.jp

SmartMotion, MotionIC, and Air Mouse are registered trademarks of Movea SA

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