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Universal Electronics Continues to Bring Superior Design and Control Solutions for the Custom Electronics Professional

    CYPRESS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 14, 2006--

    UEI's NevoStudio(TM) 2.0 Software Leads the Way for Innovative,
  Faster Installations and Unmatched After-Sales Service and Support

Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) (NASDAQ:UEIC) today announced the release of the NevoStudio 2.0 software application as an update to the company's software suite for the award-winning NevoSL(TM) handheld controller. Boosted by improved user interface design efficiency and remote configuration management, the new suite will benefit professional installers by allowing for faster, easier programming, as well as simplified post-installation service and support.

With the NevoStudio 2.0 software, custom installation professionals can now automatically replace all commands for a device throughout the project file in one simple step. Dubbed SuperFast Device Swapping, this new feature allows installers to easily transfer an existing user interface configuration for one system to another or to "swap" out a device in an existing configuration with a newer model. This feature offers custom installers a quick and easy method of upgrading their customers to the latest in home entertainment technologies, such as new high definition (1080p) plasma televisions or 7.1 audio receivers, and helps professional installers introduce a new array of services to their customers.

Another unique patent pending feature that is included with this release is the NevoXpress(TM) Wireless Download technology. Leveraging NevoSL's built-in Wi-Fi(TM), this feature allows installers to update .NVO project files in the office or customer's home using the Internet and wireless networking. For instance, if the channel line-up changes from a customer's cable or satellite service provider, professional installers can simply update the customer's project file configuration at their office, and upload the configuration file to servers. When the customer is ready, they simply press and hold a button on NevoSL to initiate wireless Internet downloading of the new configuration directly from the servers. This feature gives professional installers another powerful tool to be able to offer an unmatched level of service to their customers and an important cost saving advantage for their business by eliminating the need for costly truck rolls and in home visits, which can be an added inconvenience to their customers.

"With the release of NevoStudio 2.0, UEI's Nevo suite continues to lead the way in providing superior, innovative control solutions to the professional installation market," says Paul Arling, chairman and chief executive officer of UEI. "This upgrade to NevoSL will allow custom installation professionals to complete more jobs with better support in less time, and offers revolutionary new features that are unmatched in the industry."

About NevoSL

The initial release of NevoSL brought complete control of audio/visual and digital media entertainment in an intuitive and easy-to-use design, earning numerous industry awards. The new release, available through the Update feature in NevoStudio, further simplifies the installation and support of NevoSL by offering new enhancements to the editing and media management software suite, NevoMedia Player and Server, as well as new features, such as NevoXpress Wireless Download.

About Universal Electronics

Universal Electronics Inc., based in Southern California, develops firmware and turnkey solutions as well as software designed to enable consumers to wirelessly connect, control and interact with an increasingly complex home environment. The company's primary markets include original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in consumer electronics and personal computing, as well as multiple system operators in the cable and satellite subscription broadcasting markets. Over the past 16 years, the company has developed a broad portfolio of patented technologies and the industry's leading database of home connectivity software that it licenses to its customers, including many leading Fortune 500 companies. In addition, UEI sells its universal wireless control products and other audio/visual accessories through its European headquarters in the Netherlands, and to distributors and retailers in Europe, Asia, Latin America, South Africa and Australia/New Zealand under the One For All(R) brand name. More information about UEI can be obtained at

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, ordering, delivery and market acceptance of products and technologies identified in this release; the Company's continued ability to design products in a fashion that results in its technology being accepted by the companies customers and the end users; the continued growth in the markets identified in this release to occur as anticipated by management; 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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    SOURCE: Universal Electronics Inc.