SAN JOSE, Calif., and ST. ALBANS, England, June 11, 2008 – Sonic Focus, an ARC International (LSE: ARK) company, today announced that the new generation of HP TouchSmart personal computers use Sonic Focus software to enhance the consumer audio experience. Heralded as a product that “redefines home computing,” the new all-in-one HP solution also features integrated functionalities such as a high definition TV tuner, personal video recorder, WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities, and Webcam. ARC International will receive royalties on shipments of HP TouchSmart computers.
Carl Schlachte, ARC’s president and CEO, said, “We applaud HP’s strategy of providing comprehensive home computing products that enhance consumers’ multimedia experiences. Through high quality audio on the newest TouchSmart PC, ARC is assisting HP to further distinguish itself in the marketplace and deliver a differentiated solution to its customers.”
About Sonic Focus
Sonic Focus is a leader in digital audio refinement technology and was acquired by ARC International in February, 2008. Sonic Focus’s goal is to bring music enthusiasts closer to the original performance with the highest-fidelity audio experience possible, which is considered to be one of the hottest trends in consumer electronics today. Its award-winning products were developed by artisans and engineers after decades of close partnerships with music industry icons and media companies. Sonic Focus audio enhancement software can be used in a variety of consumer products, such as PCs, portable media players, and high definition TVs. Today, Sonic Focus products ship in more than 20 million consumer devices worldwide.
About ARC International plc
ARC International is a world leading provider of consumer IP to OEM and semiconductor companies globally. ARC’s award-winning, vertically integrated audio and video solutions enable high quality multimedia content to be captured, shared, and played on a wide range of electronics devices. ARC’s 140+ customers collectively ship hundreds of millions of ARC-Based™ chips annually in products such as Mobile TVs, Portable Media Players, WiFi-/WiMAX-enabled computers, flash storage, digital cameras, network appliances, and medical and government systems.
ARC International maintains a worldwide presence with corporate and research and development offices in San Jose and Lake Tahoe, Calif., St. Albans, England, and St. Petersburg, Russia. For more information visit www.ARC.com. ARC International is listed on the London Stock Exchange as ARC International plc (LSE: ARK).