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December 02, 2003

Table of Contents

Maxell Delivers 4X Printable-Surface DVD-R Media
Avid Chooses Sonic's DVDit! SE for New Version of Avid Xpress DV
NewTek Releases Fifth Free Texture Collection
Verbatim Shipping CD-R, DVD-R Media for Medical Imaging and Healthcare
HP Unveils New Storage Products
Maxim Introduces New High-Speed Analog-to-Digital Converter
Sony Ships Blue Laser-based Professional Disc for DATA
Digital Video Expo West Announces New Special Events and Keynote Address

Maxell Delivers 4X Printable-Surface DVD-R Media

Maxell Corporation of America announced an expansion of its line of recordable DVD media with the introduction of a new series of advanced DVD-R discs that incorporate a printable surface, allowing custom printing with select inkjet and thermal printers.

Maxell's new Printable Surface General Purpose DVD-R discs are compatible with DVD-R recorders up to 4X. The company's newest DVD-R discs are designed for custom printing with special CD/DVD inkjet and thermal printers or for custom silk screening. The Printable Surface DVD allows customers to create custom logos and program information on DVD discs without the wobble problems that can be introduced when adhesive labels are affixed to DVD media.

Printable DVD-R discs are available with three different printing surface options: white matte for ink jet printers, and shiny silver and shiny white, which can be used for thermal printers and silk screening.

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Avid Chooses Sonic's DVDit! SE for New Version of Avid Xpress DV

Sonic Solutions announced that Avid Technology, Inc. will bundle Sonic's DVDit! SE DVD creation software with its new version of Avid Xpress DV software, the latest addition to Avid's extensive line of professional video editing solutions.

DVDit!, with over 2 million units sold, is the world's most popular DVD authoring application used by advanced video users to create titles for events, wedding videos, educational titles, business-to-business communications and more. The combination of DVDit! and the new version of Avid Xpress DV software provides producers and editors with the ability to edit analog or digital video, encode projects to MPEG-2, and author exciting DVD titles with drag-and-drop menu compositing, easy chapter point placement, and interactive navigation controls.

The new version of Avid Xpress DV software with DVDit! SE 2.5.5 is available immediately through Avid's authorized reseller and distribution partners, as well as the Avid store (, for $695.

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NewTek Releases Fifth Free Texture Collection

NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of 3D animation and video products, announced the release of the fifth edition of NewTek's free Texture Collection. As with previous editions, this new set includes fifty high-resolution textures available for free download at

The total number of free textures available from NewTek is now at 250. The theme in the fifth edition of the texture collection is solid materials, and includes images in the categories Brick, Concrete, Masonry, Rocks, and Stone. All textures are unretouched photographic images at 1600x1200 resolution, provided in JPEG format for efficient download.

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Verbatim Shipping CD-R, DVD-R Media for Medical Imaging and Healthcare

Verbatim Corporation announced it is shipping its new MediDisc 52X CD-R and 4X DVD-R media. Specifically developed for the healthcare industry, Verbatim DICOM-compliant MediDisc media offers a unique combination of consistent high quality, data reliability, longevity and a printable surface for listing content information.

Features that separate the quality of Verbatim MediDisc CD-R and DVD-R discs from standard grade media include:
• MediDisc media incorporates a specially developed proprietary Metal Azo recording dye that provides superior performance and reliable data recording at all writing speeds.
• Metal Azo technology also provides the long archival life required for healthcare image and records retention by protecting critical patient data from heat, humidity, UV light, and other environmental elements.
• Verbatim employs special manufacturing and testing control procedures that ensure disc-to-disc consistency and that each MediDisc CD-R and DVD-R performs at the highest standard. Each disc can be tracked to its source.
• All MediDisc media is produced with a scuff-resistant top coating that protects data from scratches and rough handling in busy hospital and physician office environments.
• For easy identification of disc contents, MediDisc media are produced with printable surfaces that can be used to list patient, study and hospital information.

MediDisc media are compatible with a wide range of CD/DVD disc printers All Verbatim MediDisc CD-R and DVD-R media are DICOM compliant.

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HP Unveils New Storage Products

HP announced a new storage product family and packaged server storage offerings designed to meet the needs of small and medium-size businesses (SMBs), as well as enterprise customers. The combination of the new HP StorageWorks Modular Smart Array (MSA) family and industry-standard HP ProLiant servers gives growing businesses, remote and departmental offices and channel partners reliable storage solutions that are simple to acquire and deploy.

Part of HP's Smart Office initiative for SMBs, the technology packages are designed to provide customers with technology that is easy to own, works better together and comes with the right expertise from HP and its partners to help make growing businesses more successful. With estimated U.S. list prices starting at under $10,000, the HP StorageWorks MSA and HP ProLiant server packaged solutions tackle one of the biggest barriers preventing emerging businesses from adopting external shared storage - cost.

The MSA family is composed of three products:
• MSA30 - a direct attach storage enclosure ideal for workgroup and departmental users who need a flexible, scalable external storage.
• MSA500 - a direct attach storage system designed for storage consolidation with outstanding data protection and availability and that is ideal for remote sites and distributed clustered environments.
• MSA1000 - an entry-level SAN storage array that simplifies the transition for direct attached storage (DAS) to SAN.

Also available are the following solutions:
• HP ProLiant DL380 Packaged Cluster with MSA500 - featuring two HP ProLiant DL380 servers, an MSA500 enclosure, two host bus adapters and required cables - an ideal solution for remote and branch offices with limited on-site IT support.
• HP ProLiant DL380 Packaged Cluster with MSA1000 - featuring two HP ProLiant DL380 servers, an MSA1000 enclosure, two host bus adapters, one eight port Fibre Channel switch and required cables - an ideal solution for multiple clusters and multi-node clusters capable of supporting up to 20 servers.
• The HP MSA500 and MSA1000 Starter Kits - offering the greatest value and simplicity by providing the necessary hardware and software for storage consolidation in direct attach SCSI or entry-level SAN environments, respectively.
• The HP MSA500 and MSA1000 High Availability Kits - enhancing the Starter Kits by providing the necessary hardware and software for fully redundant configurations.

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Maxim Introduces New High-Speed Analog-to-Digital Converter

Maxim Integrated Products, a leader in the development and manufacture of high-performance analog and mixed-signal products, expands its portfolio of high-speed analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) by unveiling the MAX1123. The MAX1123 delivers an SNR of 57.5dB that remains flat (within 1.5dB) up to an input frequency of 500mHz.

This performance is even more remarkable given the low power consumption of 495mW at a sample rate of 250Msps, an industry first. The MAX1122/MAX1123/MAX1124 are ideal for applications such as cable and cellular infrastructure, broadband communication systems, and high-performance video equipment. These devices are in production and available in a space-saving, 68-pin QFN-EP package specified for the industrial temperature range (-40 degrees Celsius to +85 degrees Celsius). A pin-compatible, 8-bit 250Msps ADC (MAX1121) is currently sampling.

An evaluation kit is available to speed designs. Pricing for this 10-bit ADC family starts at $36.85 (1000-up, FOB USA).

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Sony Ships Blue Laser-based Professional Disc for DATA

Sony Electronics is shipping its first generation of Professional Disc for DATA optical storage drives, automated devices and media to OEMs and system integrators. Based on blue laser technology, the new Professional Disc for DATA media stores up to 23 GB of native capacity per rewritable or write-once, read-many (WORM) disc, while the new drive sustains a maximum native transfer rate of 11 MB/sec, delivering an advanced optical storage and archiving solution for professional data-intensive applications.

For high capacity and high performance disc handling, the new automated Sony Autochanger offers up to 1.6TB of native capacity in a compact 19-inch rack-mount design that may be configured with one, two or four drives for the desired balance between storage capacity and speed.

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Digital Video Expo West Announces New Special Events and Keynote Address

CMP Media's Digital Video Group announced the addition of new special events and a keynote address to its Digital Video Expo West 2003. The 7th annual event is returning to the Los Angeles Convention Center from December 9-12, 2003 as one of the industry's largest and most comprehensive events focused on providing information on cutting-edge tools, techniques, and technologies to the professional digital video community.

Topping these program additions is a special keynote address from 12:30 P.M.-1:30 P.M. on Friday, December 12, featuring Academy Award-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler, ASC. Wexler, who has earned five Academy Award nominations and two Oscars for Best Cinematography, has an impressive body of work that includes One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Bound for Glory, and Coming Home. John Sayles's Matewan.

Open to all Digital Video Expo West attendees, additional special events scheduled throughout the week include: • Digital Video in the Classroom:
• How to Increase Communication Skills with DV
• Community Connection
• Digital Video in the Classroom Networking Session
• Video Art in the Age of DV
• Machinima: The Making of a New Medium
• Producing Digital Hollywood

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