Terms and Conditions

The terms and conditions depend on the address and status (private person or company) of the buyer.


In Finland, the provisions on distance selling are to be found in Chapter 6 of the Consumer Protection Act. The Finnish law is applied when the buyer is a consumer located in Finland. See more here [1].

EU countries

In the European Union, the Distance Selling Directive defines the minimum level of consumer protection. See more here [2]. The fact sheet of the Directive about consumer's rights in the EU is here [4].

Other countries, including the United Kingdom

Selling to other countries is based on "General Terms and Conditions of Sale of VLSI Solution". See more here [3].

Customers from the United Kingdom should have a valid UK VAT ID, or the cost of the items (excluding shipping) must exceed £135. This means that the customer pays import duties and VAT at the border. We reserve the right to reject orders that do not fulfill these conditions.

The following table summarizes the applied reference;

Buyer Address Reference
Consumer Finland [1] [4]
Consumer Any EU country [2] [4]
Consumer Outside EU [3]
Company Any country [3]


About General Terms and Conditions of Sale of VLSI Solution

These terms are originally for customers that order large quantities and use wire transfer for the payments. Some conditions, such as 30 days net payment time can not be applied here since the ordering in Web Store is performed on-line and all payments are completed in advance of the shipment. All shipments are from the headquarters of VLSI Solution in Finland (see "Contact us" information of the left bar).

Decoder Licenses

Some products require decoder licenses. The required licenses are shown under "Additional Product Information" when "Display Product" is selected. When a mp3 license of Thomson is needed, the device price includes the license. For other formats, such as WMA and AAC, the customer needs to contact Microsoft or Via Licensing for the applicable license. Note that VLSI Solution can provide a software plugin (contact support@vlsi.fi) to disable the WMA or AAC features in the final product to avoid license payment when the WMA or AAC decoding features are not needed.

WMA license

The customer needs to request the "Windows Media Components Final Product Agreement" of Windows Media Components, see http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windowsmedia-components-licensing. The royalty rate was 0.10 USD with annual maximum of 400kUSD at the time this instruction was written. Note that the license applies only to those who sell final products to consumers. If you are a developer, you do not need to pay royalties.

AAC license

The customer needs to request the "MPEG-4 Audio Patent License Agreement" for two channels of audio decoder circuit, see http://www.vialicensing.com/licensing/aac-overview.aspx. Note that the license is needed by manufacturers or developers of end user encoder and/or decoder products. The license fee for two channels was 0.98 USD up to 500k units annually at the time this instruction was written.