Universal Electronics Selected to Develop Advanced Two-Way Interactive Remote Control for Denon’s Newest Line of A/V Receivers and Home Entertainment Systems
Denon draws on UEI’s unique design and technology capabilities in selecting a control solution to power Denon receivers and Home Entertainment Systems
CYPRESS, Calif. — January 4, 2007 – Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) (NASDAQ: UEIC) today announced that it has been selected to develop advanced remote controls for new Denon receivers and home entertainment systems to be distributed in the United States, Europe and Asia in early 2007. The new remote control solution will utilize a new innovative design with a built-in monochrome display and the Zigbee™ open standard for two-way wireless communication.
With its award-winning industrial design team, UEI will produce an advanced control platform in collaboration with Denon which offers users an intuitive way to control Denon’s A/V receivers with unparalleled performance, customization and an ergonomic design.
A key feature of the two-way communication technology in these new remotes will be the ability for users to remotely view metadata information transmitted from Denon receivers. This enabling technology will allow song titles, artists and station information to be browsed on the LCD screen of the remote control from anywhere in the home within range of the A/V receiver’s RF signal.
The Denon remote will incorporate many of UEI’s patented features such as built-in IR learning, user-defined activity and favorite channel macros, a PC editor and new advanced features such as:
* Universal A/V control of over 40 unique consumer electronics device types
* Quick set-up of universal modes via ID search
* Customizable LCD screen
* EL backlight of display and hard keys
* On-device editing of LCD text
* 2.4GHz RF mesh network capability for transferring metadata
* Support for Japanese and European fonts
* Support for multi-zone A/V access and control
* ZigBee RF receiver with built-in IR blasting for non line-of-sight A/V control
“UEI’s unique innovations will allow our customers to enter a new era of interactive remote control technology,” said Hirofumi Ichikawa, president, Denon Brand Company. “Denon continues to work together with UEI for new ideas and technologies to help empower our customers with remote technology that can be paired with our advanced receiver lines.”
“This product marks the second collaboration between Denon and UEI in bringing new and exciting products to market. The technologies embodied in this advanced controller offer consumers a compelling feature benefit that make this solution stand out in the marketplace,” said Paul Arling, chairman and CEO, Universal Electronics Inc. “Denon is a strong premium brand known for innovation, design and leading edge solutions in home entertainment.” The complete product solution is being demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas at the Denon private booth at the Diamond Meeting Room in the Aladdin Resort and Casino Hotel.
About Universal Electronics Founded in 1986, Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) is the global leader in wireless control technology for the connected home. UEI designs, develops, and delivers innovative solutions that enable consumers to control entertainment devices, digital media, and home systems. The company’s broad portfolio of patented technologies and database of infrared control software have been adopted by many Fortune 500 companies in the consumer electronics, subscription broadcast, and computing industries. UEI sells and licenses wireless control products through distributors and retailers under the One For All® brand name. UEI also delivers complete home control solutions in the professional custom installation market under the brand name Nevo®, as well as software solutions for digital media control and enjoyment in the consumer and OEM markets under the brand SimpleCenter™.
About Denon From its beginning in 1910 as a supplier of professional recording studio and broadcast equipment, Denon has become a world leader in the manufacture of highest quality home theater, audio and software products. Denon is recognized internationally for innovative and ground-breaking products and has a long history of technical innovations, including the development and first commercialization of PCM digital audio.
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