Audience completes acquisition of VC-backed Sensor Platforms

Audience has closed its buy of Sensor Platforms for a consideration of $41 million in cash. Based in San Jose, Calif., Sensor Platforms develops software and algorithms that interpret sensor data to enable context awareness on smartphones and wearables. Sensor Platforms was backed by North Bay Angels, ArrowPath Venture Partners and Newbury Ventures.

PRESS RELEASE

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, Jul 11, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — Audience, Inc. today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Sensor Platforms, Inc. Sensor Platforms develops software and algorithms that interpret sensor data to enable broad context awareness on smartphones, wearables and other smart devices.

Audience believes the combination of its Advanced Voice and Multisensory Processing with Sensor Platforms’ technology places the combined company in a unique position to deliver compelling solutions based on the fusion of voice and motion. Joining these technologies will help transform the way consumers engage with devices, by enabling seamless natural user experiences, always-on sensor fusion, and context-aware services. With the close of the acquisition, the Sensor Platforms’ team is now part of Audience.

Transaction Details
Sensor Platforms, a venture capital backed firm, was based in San Jose, CA. The acquisition was completed on July 11, 2014 for consideration of $41 million of cash. In connection with the acquisition and in accordance with NASDAQ Marketplace Rule 5635(c), Audience assumed restricted stock units (RSUs) granted to each continuing employee of Sensor Platforms, upon the closing of the acquisition, for an aggregate of 208,630 shares of common stock. These RSUs were granted outside of the existing Audience stock plans and without stockholder approval pursuant to NASDAQ Marketplace Rule 5635(c)(4) with the following terms: 150,147 of the granted RSUs will vest over three years; and 58,483 of the RSUs will vest over four years, in either case subject to continued service with Audience or any subsidiary of Audience. Audience also assumed the Sensor Platforms 2004 Stock Option Plan, pursuant to which it may make future inducement grants.

About Audience Audience, the leader in advanced voice, is pioneering multisensory processing and natural user experiences for consumer devices. Its technologies, based on auditory neuroscience, improve the mobile voice experience, as well as enhance speech-based services and audio quality for multimedia. In early 2014, the Company announced its expansion into multisensory and motion processing. Through the combination of Advanced Voice and multisensory processing, Audience aims to transform the way consumers engage with devices by enabling seamless natural user experiences and context-aware services. The Company’s products have been shipped in more than 400 million devices worldwide. For more information, see www.audience.com .

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