Universal Electronics Remote Control Solutions Enhances User Experience on Smart TV Platform Powered by Snapdragon Processors

January 10, 2012

CYPRESS, CA  — Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) (NASDAQ:UEIC), the global leader in wireless control technology, today announced the integration of UEI’s technology with a smart TV platform powered by Snapdragon™ processors to enhance the user control experience in connected “smart” televisions and Over-the-Top (OTT) services. The UEI technologies include Universal remote control Application Programming Interface (UAPI) and eXtensable Multimedia Protocol (XMP®).

Research by DisplaySearch estimates that there will be 123 million connected “smart” TVs shipped by 2014, while survey data from Bain & Company suggests that Connected TVs are poised to reach 60% of US households by the same year.

Next generation Snapdragon processors by Qualcomm address the rapidly growing opportunities in smart TVs and media adapters by intelligently integrating optimized processing performance, graphics, multimedia and connectivity while maximizing power efficiency.

“We are excited to enable an enhanced user experience through the integration of our flexible UAPI offering into the smart TV platform powered by Snapdragon processors for connected TVs and Over-The-Top service providers,” says Arsham Hatambeiki, Executive Director of Applied Innovation at UEI. “Entry of such a well-known processor into television and set-top box opportunities emphasizes the increasing importance of interactivity and applications in our industry. The combination of user interface possibilities of this platform and the range of available features in UAPI is valuable and greatly benefits end-users.”

Universal Application Programming Interface (UAPI)

UAPI is a software communication standard on a remote control that is integrated into target devices such as set-top boxes and interactive televisions which provides the ability to rapidly customize features and reduces the time-to-market for bringing advanced navigation features between remote and target device.

Common wireless standards currently used on remote controls such as Bluetooth, RF4CE and Z-Wave do not provide all of the features that are available on today’s control platforms. With UEI’s UAPI, additional plug-in modules can be applied that empower features not available with the original standard. This makes it easy to add new features directly on a remote with the confidence that the target platform can scale to support new features.

Key benefits of UAPI include:

  • Multiple remote controls can be developed for a single user interface allowing various user types to interact with services using a range of control options;
  • Increases flexibility and usability of remote control features, protocols, and device connections; and
  • End-to-end solution that reduces integration time and promotes future control innovation development.

With UAPI, UEI offers its customers an embedded software development kit to quickly and easily integrate advanced UI navigation and interactivity features such as:

  • Remote finder, a commonly-requested consumer feature;
  • Over the Air (OTA) firmware updating, an operator benefit that brings host of upgradability features and lowers risk associated with new technology deployments; and
  • Relative Pointing for menu navigation and Absolute Pointing that delivers a virtual “touch” interface on the remote for content, text entry for search and social applications.

eXtensable Multimedia Protocol (XMP®)

UEI XMP is a proprietary wireless infrared connectivity protocol offering high data rate and low power consumption.  XMP can be integrated into any target device and supports most of the advanced navigation and interactive control features such as pointing, text entry and device control.  XMP scales as the interactive environment expands to deliver a range of performance from basic device control to high-speed, two-way interactivity.

UEI will be demonstrating its “Infinity” interactive remote control platform with UAPI and XMP at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 10-13, 2012.  UEI’s booth is located at 20211 in South Hall 1.   

Winner of the Best TV Consumer Device 2011, UEI’s “Infinity” features an integrated QWERTY keyboard; an X/Y or full 2D touchpad for scrolling and swiping; UAPI; RF4CE, and UEI’s QuickSet application.

About Universal Electronics Inc.
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.  More information is available at www.uei.com.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the Safe-Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Words and expressions reflecting something other than historical fact are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including the timely development, delivery and market acceptance of products and technologies identified in this release; the continued penetration and growth of smart / connected Television and other devices, technologies, and markets identified in this release; and other factors described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The actual results that the Company achieves may differ materially from any forward looking statement due to such risks and uncertainties.  The Company undertakes no obligations to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.

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