ZHUHAI, China -- June 20, 2006 -- Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd., one of the largest fabless IC companies in China, announced the United States International Trade Commission (the "ITC") today delayed the Final Determination for the patent infringement lawsuit between Actions and SigmaTel (ITC-337-TA-538).
In a Notice issued by the ITC, the ITC has modified a key claim construction under patent 522 and requested the administrative law judge, or ALJ, to reconsider the infringement issue for certain products in light of the modified claim construction. The ITC has also abstained from reviewing issues with respect to patent 187, as the ITC believes those issues are outside of its scope of review. The Final Determination is now expected to be issued by September 15, 2006. Pending the Final Determination, there will be no restrictions placed on the importation of Actions' integrated circuits.
To date, the products under review by the ITC constitute a non-material portion of Actions' overall revenue mix and we estimate less than 10% of our products sold in the global market are shipped to the United States. Furthermore, Actions has introduced other newly designed products for the U.S. market. The new products, with 0.18 micron process as well as other new technologies, can further optimize power consumption and produce better audio quality that is comparable to CD.
Actions has always maintained the highest regard for rights of intellectual property. Actions has built a world class team of engineers and has developed industry leading advanced IC technical capability and innovations. Actions continues to build on this technology strength with the addition of 50 engineers during the first half of 2006.
Actions appreciates the continued support from its clients, suppliers and other partners. The Company will continue its focus on innovation and leadership in mixed-signal and multimedia SoC solutions for portable consumer electronics.
About Actions Semiconductor
Actions Semiconductor is one of China's leading fabless semiconductor companies that provides mixed-signal and multimedia SoC solutions for portable consumer electronics. Actions Semiconductor products include SoCs, firmware, software, solution development kits, as well as detailed specifications of other required components and references to the providers of those components. Actions Semiconductor also provides total product and technology solutions that allow customers to quickly introduce new portable consumer electronics to the mass market in a cost effective way. The company is headquartered in Zhuhai, China, with offices in Beijing and Shenzhen. For more information, please visit the Actions Semiconductor website at www.actions-semi.com.