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Neural Audio and VoiceAge Team Up to Deliver Neural-Optimized AMR-WB+ Solution


BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 12 -- As the 3GSM World Congress 2007 ramps up, Neural Audio Corporation, the market leader in developing advanced audio and surround sound technologies, and VoiceAge Corporation, the world's premier supplier of speech and audio codecs and co-developer of AMR-WB+, today announced the release of the new Neural-optimized encoder for AMR-WB+. Developed in full collaboration, the Neural-AMR-WB+ solution satisfies the critical need for ever better processing solutions for Internet service providers and mobile operators who strive to increase audio quality while reducing bit rate consumption for audio and music download and streaming applications to mobile devices.

"The new Neural-AMR-WB+ solution will allow greater bandwidth efficiency to network operators while allowing consumers to experience ever higher audio quality on their mobile devices," stated Geir R. Skaaden, Neural Audio CEO. "By combining Neural Audio's world renowned audio optimization processing technology with VoiceAge's AMR-WB+ standard audio compression technology, our companies have created a solution that satisfies the critical demand for high- quality audio/video streaming applications to consumer electronics devices such as mobile phones, digital music players, computers and more."

The new Neural-optimized AMR-WB+ encoding solution, combining years of research on audio optimization and codec pre-conditioning, provides:

-- Superior quality stereo music streaming and download from remarkably low bit rates (e.g., the key rates of 24 and 16 kbps, and even lower) through 48 kbps;
-- Improved listener satisfaction while reducing fatigue by delivering more natural sounding music;
-- Improved bit-rate-saving network carrier effect through significantly improved bit rate performance leading to lower communications bandwidth usage.

Using Neural-AMR-WB+, both network operators and consumers get more for less:

-- more content to
-- less bandwidth
-- more users over
-- less processing power
-- more networks
-- less battery power
-- at an always increased audio quality
-- less download time
-- less storage memory

"Neural Audio brings years of research in a field of expertise highly complementary to VoiceAge's speech and audio compression technology development achievements. Building on our respective strengths, together we have created the Neural-AMR-WB+ encoding solution to realize the highest quality audio at the lowest bit rates available today for a wide array of mobile and portable applications," stated Laurent Amar, VoiceAge president. "The Neural-AMR-WB+ encoding solution presents tremendous advantages for both network operators and consumers, which should help accelerate the robust growth of the mobile multimedia services market."

Aimed primarily at the mobile market, for mobile-TV, radio and streaming applications, Neural-AMR-WB+ also delivers enhanced features, which can benefit a broad range of other applications, from wired, and IP telephony to online gaming and more. Parties interested in learning more about the Neural Audio and VoiceAge partnership, ongoing projects, new product release dates or becoming licensees can contact Neural Audio's team at mobilesolutions@neuralaudio.com.

ABOUT VOICEAGE CORPORATION

VoiceAge(R) is a leading developer of digital speech and audio compression solutions for devices that operate over wired and wireless networks, including internet, cellular, Wi-Fi, WiMAX and convergence applications as well as consumer electronics equipment and toys. Our business activities focus on: speech and audio compression technology R&D, standardization, codec and audio processing software implementations and IPR licensing. Using designs based on our widely deployed flagship ACELP(R) technology platform, VoiceAge speech and audio codec solutions deliver unsurpassed quality experienced daily by well over two billion users worldwide. Visit us at http://www.voiceage.com/.

ABOUT NEURAL AUDIO

Neural Audio, through its Neural Surround(TM) THX(R) Technologies brand and unique audio optimization technologies, has become the key enabler in the delivery of high quality content for the TV, radio, game, Internet, home theatre and mobile markets. Key broadcast partners and customers such as THX Ltd., XM Satellite Radio, Yamaha Corporation of America, Sony Corporation, Pioneer Electronics, Onkyo Corporation, Denon Electronics, Marantz America and Harris Corporation, Broadcast Communications have adopted Neural Audio technologies to provide the best quality audio available today to their customers. For more information, please visit www.neuralaudio.com/ and http://www.neuralsurround.com/.

CONTACT: Dakx Turcotte, Marketing and Business Development Manager, +1-415-814-3200, ext. 135, or dakx@neuralaudio.com, or Jackie Broo, Communications Manager, +1-415-814-3200, ext. 116, or jackie@neuralaudio.com, both of Neural Audio Corporation; or Baris Demir, Director of Marketing, VoiceAge Corporation, prinfo@voiceage.com

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