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November 01, 2002

Table of Contents

Sanyo Turns to Univenture for U-1000 Disc Packaging Equipment Features
CenDyne Gets Groovy With the Gruvstick MP3 Recorder and Player
Dolby Unveils ``Dolby in PC'' Initiative
Dolby Laboratories Welcomes Expansion of DVD-Audio to PC Platform
SunnComm Rolls Out MediaMax CD-3 Technology
Video-On-Demand Advances To DVD-On-Demand With SeaChange's VODlink Software
CyberLink's DVD and MPEG Technologies Enhance Windows XP Media Center Edition Playback
DuPont, Sarnoff and Bell Labs to Collaborate on Advanced Display Technology

Sanyo Turns to Univenture for U-1000 Disc Packaging Equipment Features

Univenture Inc., an international designer and manufacturer of communication packaging products. announced  that Sanyo Laser Products requests more functionality from Univenture's U-1000 automated disc packaging equipment. The requested additions will provide a vast array of automated disc insertion and packaging options for a wide range of publishing and bindery applications including educational books and magazines as well as standard disc packaging options. Sanyo wanted an immediate solution to the tedious and expensive hand disc insertion process. They required the ability to auto insert a replicated disc into a reusable sleeve and then bind that sleeve, with the disc, into a perfect bound publication for a major book-publishing corporation. The U-1000 technology, patented by Univenture, is a totally integrated, automated packaging system that can be used by a single operator. The machine can auto insert discs at high speed up to 4,200 discs per hour. Hundreds of configurations can be achieved for virtually any disc packaging requirement, including direct mail and security tamper-evident sealing.

(http://www.univenture.com), (http://www.sanyolaserproducts.com)

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CenDyne Gets Groovy With the Gruvstick MP3 Recorder and Player

CenDyne Inc. debuts the Gruvstick, an ingenious MP3 Player that includes the battery pack and USB port on a single unit enabling quick and easy music downloading and playback.  The Gruvstick's easy-to-read display, along with its capability to be used as a USB storage device and a voice recorder, make it a must-have for music enthusiasts, students and corporate users alike. Available with either 128MB or 64MB of memory, the stylish Gruvstick is about the size of a lipstick and connects directly to PCs via a built-in USB port. Transferring files, downloading music, and sharing digital photos takes only seconds, and is done without the use of cables or software.(a) The Gruvstick's voice recorder is a handy tool for creating shopping lists or recording personal memos while on the road. Unlike some other MP3 players, the Gruvstick has  a display, so users can read MP3 ID3 Tag data that shows artist and song information. It also displays data files and the number of recorded voice messages. The USB connection and battery-pack are on the main unit, so there's no risk of forgetting a key part of the device. The built-in battery provides up to 12 hours of usage.The Gruvstick's built-in USB port connects directly to PCs without the use of cables or software (Windows ME and above). The sound of the Gruvstick can be further optimized by music enthusiasts with the five-preset equalizer. The 128MB and 64MB Gruvstick products are now available at leading technology and electronics retailers at an estimated retail price of $179 and $129, respectively. The 128MB Gruvstick is also being sold with Gruv-X, a tiny audio transmitter that enables the user to hear the MP3, MP3PRO or WMA file via to a nearby FM radio receiving the Gruv-X signal. The Gruv-X is available for purchase separately at an estimated retail price of $29.99.

(http://www.cendyne.com)

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Dolby Unveils ``Dolby in PC'' Initiative

Dolby Laboratories announced its new "Dolby in PC" initiative, a comprehensive overview of how Dolby audio technologies positively affect today's evolution of the personal computer into a home entertainment gateway. As PCs continue to develop as digital entertainment platforms, Dolby Laboratories, the world leader in multichannel audio technologies, is committed to providing PC users the same level of high-quality Dolby surround sound that they now expect from more traditional entertainment-oriented consumer electronics products. The "Dolby in PC" initiative is part of Dolby's strategy to expand its presence in the PC market. The company has been working closely with its licensees and key technology partners on a number of strategic projects, including the NVIDIA Sound Storm program and new premium sound cards from Creative Labs. Dolby has also teamed with its licensees (including CyberLink, InterVideo, and NVIDIA) and with Microsoft to ensure that consumers can access all the features of their DVD player from the new Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 interface. Dolby audio technologies are found in more than 100 million PCs around the world, enriching a host of entertainment experiences, including watching DVDs or listening to stereo content via CDs and MP3 files. Leading-edge PC licensees and manufacturers delivering products that incorporate Dolby technologies include Apple Computer, ATI, Creative Labs, CyberLink, Dell, Fujitsu, Fujitsu-Siemens, Gateway, HP, IBM, InterVideo, MedioStream, Microsoft, NEC, NVIDIA, Packard-Bell, Sonic Solutions, Sony, Sharp, and Toshiba.

(http://www.dolby.com)

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Dolby Laboratories Welcomes Expansion of DVD-Audio to PC Platform

Dolby Laboratories, the world leader in multichannel audio technologies, announced an important expansion of the DVD-Audio format with the recent introduction of Creative Technology Limited's Sound Blaster Audigy 2, the first soundcard with technology to provide DVD-Audio playback on the personal computer platform. Dolby, which licenses DVD-Audio MLP Lossless(TM) technology, heralds this milestone as further reinforcement of growing acceptance of the DVD-Audio format as the next-generation replacement of the compact disc as well as the importance of Dolby(R) technologies in the transformation of the PC from a productivity device into a home entertainment gateway. The DVD-Audio format offers superior quality audio performances and value-added feature sets from a single disc that is at home in table top and portable DVD players, car audio players and, with the announcement from Creative Technology Ltd., PCs equipped with DVD drives and the Sound Blaster Audigy 2 soundcard.

(http://www.dolby.com)

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SunnComm Rolls Out MediaMax CD-3 Technology

SunnComm, Inc. of Phoenix, Arizona announced that is has designed a hybrid audio CD that will allow its users to copy the disc's music onto their computers and share those music files with friends legally. Major and Indie label tech experts, as well as A&R; and marketing execs, have provided an overwhelmingly positive response to beta samples of SunnComm's proprietary MediaMax(TM) technology. Additionally, they have supported a plan to have SunnComm implement MediaMax into their manufacturing plants. MediaMax CD-3 is a collection of proprietary technologies that provide copy protection for CD and DVD audio discs while simultaneously enhancing the user experience. The product is tightly integrated with Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MFST) Windows Media Platform and the Digital Rights Management (DRM) capabilities that the Windows Media Platform affords. When a consumer puts a SunnComm CD in a computer's CD-ROM drive, the computer can read and play the DRM-protected Windows Media Audio files through the multimedia user interface but cannot copy songs directly from the CD's main audio tracks. Files that are legally copied using this system can be enjoyed by the user on their personal computers and shared with friends, but cannot be uploaded to peer-to-peer file sharing service networks.

(http://www.sunncom.com)

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Toshiba, a primary developer and leader in DVD technology, is gearing up for the 2002 holiday season with an all-star lineup of state-of-the-art DVD players and an exciting offer from Hollywood Video. In an exclusive promotion with Hollywood Video, Toshiba is giving away 10 free DVD rentals with the purchase of any Toshiba branded DVD player between November 15th and December 31st, 2002. Consumers can choose from Toshiba's broad range of DVD players covering key price ranges and feature sets, including the industry's first DVD recorder with an 80GB built-in hard disc drive (RD-X2), and the industry's only portable DVD-Video/Audio player with progressive scan output featuring an 8.9-inch high resolution LCD display (SD-P2000). Just in time for the holiday season, Toshiba is also introducing the newest member of the DVD family, the SD-1800. A high performance player with all the technological excellence and convenience features expected from Toshiba DVD products, the SD-1800 is perfect for first-time DVD buyers. This new model features ColorStream(R) component video outputs for unsurpassed color purity, detail and resolution, as well as MP3 audio compatibility for playback of custom music collections encoded via MP3 digital format into CD-R or CD-RW media. Users will also find a unique interface for quick and simple set-up and Enhanced Picture Modes and Picture Zoom for a totally customized DVD experience. In addition, DVD-R Compatible Playback ensures playback of recordable DVD media. Distinguished by their slim, streamlined and sophisticated appearance, all Toshiba DVD players combine aesthetic appeal with unsurpassed image quality and audio performance. Toshiba has also made significant enhancements to convenience and flexibility with features on select models such as expanded front-panel controls, WMA playback capability, Digital Photo Viewer Technology, a Dialogue Expander, an on-screen Virtual Remote Control and a Bookmarking function that permits carousel users to label nine favorite scenes on any loaded DVD disc for instant access. Toshiba's line up of high-performance players includes five progressive scan-equipped models. These include the SD-4800 DVD-Video/Audio player featuring a newly designed universal TV/DVD remote control, and the high-quality, high-performance SD-3800. Complementing the performance of the SD-3800 is the 5-disc carousel SD-3815, equipped with MP-3 and progressive-scan capability and its counterpart, the SD-3805. Toshiba's portable DVD, model SD-P2000, round out the range of progressive scan-equipped players.
Toshiba's new model SD-1800 player is available now with a suggested retail price of $149.99.

(http://www.toshiba.com)

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Video-On-Demand Advances To DVD-On-Demand With SeaChange's VODlink Software

SeaChange International, a leading provider of video-on-demand systems, is advancing on-demand television with the full DVD experience. Today SeaChange introduced VODlink, a streamlined software application that in effect turns settop boxes into DVD players. It's a technological breakthrough that makes viewers' experience more fun and provides a dramatic new advantage for cable television. VODlink's capability to deliver the DVD exactly in its original format to digital settops presents strategic opportunities for studios, networks and advertisers. DVD is a fast growing consumer electronics application and this breakthrough enables the DVD content to be delivered as digital bits - faster and more convenient than alternatives that require mail order subscriptions or trips to the video store. VOD is becoming increasingly prevalent on digital cable networks and provides the unique capability for television viewers to personally select their programs, on their own time schedules. In addition to DVD functionality, VODlink provides sophisticated interfaces that make it easier for viewers to navigate the growing sea of content provided by movie studios, broadcast networks and other providers. VODlink is a patent-pending software suite that is interoperable on Motorola and Scientific-Atlanta settops, as well as on VOD server platforms from SeaChange and others. It's a complement to electronic program guides, which provide listings of the hundreds of television networks. With VODlink, a simple click of the remote transports viewers from their favorite broadcast channel to that network's library of on-demand content. Its software overlays can be designed to reflect each network's particular "look and feel," providing an intuitive environment for users as they select their programming. Additionally, VODlink enables each cable operator to develop a central portal that provides an organized way for the viewer to see all VOD categories as well as any promotions or customer service tools.

(http://www.seachangeinternational.com)

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CyberLink's DVD and MPEG Technologies Enhance Windows XP Media Center Edition Playback

CyberLink Corp., a leading developer of digital video software and e-learning solutions, announced today the availability of enhanced DVD and MPEG playback technologies designed to support the newly released Windows XP Media Center Edition. With these technologies, users of Windows XP Media Center Edition will be able to watch DVD movies, playback MPEG video files and enable the time-shift playback function while watching and recording TV programs. The announcement is the continuation of a longstanding progressive relationship between the two companies in developing digital video technologies. Previously CyberLink had worked with Microsoft in the development of DVD playback and MP3 ripping plug-ins for Windows Media Player in Windows XP.
Windows XP Media Center Edition turns a PC into a media center that integrates digital entertainment experiences with the freedom of remote-control access. Consumers can enjoy live television, personal video recording, music, photos, videos and DVDs from a new remote-controlled PC experience called Media Center. The sleek Media Center interface serves as a unified destination for entertainment on the Media Center PC and is designed to be viewed from anywhere in the room. Windows XP Media Center Edition, which builds on the rich media platform launched one year ago with Windows XP, is ideal for digital media enthusiasts and consumers in small, space-constrained environments, such as teenagers, college students, young adults and families who want to use their PC for entertainment and digital media.

(http://www.gocyberlinkc.com), (http://www.microsoft.com)

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DuPont, Sarnoff and Bell Labs to Collaborate on Advanced Display Technology

As part of a federally sponsored research and development initiative, DuPont -- a leader in the development and manufacturing of organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays -- and Sarnoff Corporation have agreed to develop new organic-thin film transistor (organic-TFT) technology on plastic substrates.  Organic-TFTs can offer major advances in commercializing future generation flexible display devices such as full-color polymer-based active matrix OLED (AM-OLED) displays.  The research initiative will be sponsored as a National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Advanced Technology Program for three years.  Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.  Lucent Technologies' Bell Labs, a leader in organic thin film transistors, will be subcontracted to develop a new class of organic-TFT materials and design processes.  This unique technical collaboration combines DuPont's expertise in OLED display panels, flexible substrates, cost-effective printing and organic-TFT technologies, and; Sarnoff's expertise in active matrix TFT designs and video display systems. The capability of plastic-based displays provides broad applications for industrial and product designers.  The technical venture plans to create flexible organic-TFT technology, which has the potential to dramatically reduce the cost of display back planes while enabling the fabrication of lower cost flexible display devices.  Standard silicon-based TFT back plane manufacturing is a costly process with a need for billion-dollar facilities and it is also inherently incompatible with flexible plastic substrates - involving multiple high-temperature vacuum deposition and photolithography steps that are hostile to a plastic substrate.
Using advanced polymer materials, OLEDs produce bright, high-contrast display panels with fast refresh rates and a wide viewing angle.  OLED panels are emissive, eliminating the need for the backlight required in display technologies such as liquid crystal displays (LCDs).  Their striking appearance and thin profile will help many OEMs differentiate their products.

(http://www.dupont.com), (http://www.sarnoff.com), (http://www.lucent.com)

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