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November 05, 2002

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Philips Delivers Chipset and Reference Design for 8X DVD+RW Recording
Plasmon to Introduce Blue-Laser Ultra Density Optical (UDO) Drive at COMDEX
NewTek, Inc., Announces New Training Tour Stops
NEC Ships Entertainment Projector With 3000:1 Contrast Ratio
Sonopress Extends Reach of Global Network to sites in Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico
NTI Debuts CD-Maker 6 Platinum
Sharp Introduces New Notevision Projectors
NStor Delivers Ultra320 SCSI RAID

Philips Delivers Chipset and Reference Design for 8X DVD+RW Recording

Royal Philips Electronics has announced a highly integrated chipset, optical pickup unit (OPU), firmware and reference design for the industry's highest-speed DVD+R/RW (DVD+Recordable/ReWriteable) recorders.  This means that optical drive manufacturers targeting the PC industry can bring consumer products to market quickly.   The Philips DVD design also incorporates new technology to minimize recording errors caused by common disk defects such as fingerprints.  The software and chipset, based on Philips Nexperia streaming media technology, will allow consumers to create 4.7 GByte DVDs of home videos, photo albums and PC data at speeds of up to 8X in less than 15 minutes or half the time of existing drives.  Designed primarily for PC use, the Nexperia DVD+R/RW system solution is capable of supporting record speeds up to 8x.  This leap forward in recording speed is achieved by a new approach to optical recorder design:  Philips moved the write strategy generator (WSG) to the same board as the laser driver, eliminating the data bottleneck that limited recording speed.  The new design also supports disk reading during the record process, which in turn supports a Philips innovation, eliminating most recording errors caused by common defects on the disc surface, and ensures higher levels of compatibility with legacy DVD players. A sample kit, including a PNX7850 DVD processor, TZA1039 analog processor, TZA1047 laser power controller and an OPU66.20 optical pickup unit, is available now.  The kit will cost $65 each in volumes of 100,000 units.  Volume production is scheduled for Q1, 2003.  

(http://www.semiconductors.com/markets/computing/dvd)

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Plasmon to Introduce Blue-Laser Ultra Density Optical (UDO) Drive at COMDEX

Plasmon, a leading manufacturer of automated data storage solutions, will introduce its Ultra Density Optical (UDO) drive at COMDEX in Las Vegas later this month. The company announced development of UDO, the next generation 5.25" optical drive technology, in March. UDO will be the world's first blue-violet laser optical disk drive developed for professional data storage markets and will deliver the performance of 5.25" MO, the longevity of 12-inch WORM and the cost effectiveness of DVD solutions. UDO will utilize 405nm blue-violet laser and phase change technology from the recently announced consumer DVD type products. UDO media cartridges will be dimensionally identical to current 5.25" MO to provide compatibility with existing 5.25" library automation and both WORM and rewritable media will be available. The first generation product will provide 30GB capacity and a fast data transfer rate of up to 8MB/s. Future generations will increase capacity to 60GB and 120GB and backward read capability will be maintained throughout the product roadmap. Target markets include archiving, document imaging, call centers, email archiving, GIS, medical, telecom, banking, insurance, legal and government.  UDO is the future standard in professional optical storage and Plasmon is developing both drives and media in-house. The $25 million development program is fully funded and has been underway since June 2000. Plasmon has over 80 engineers engaged on its UDO development program and first product shipments are scheduled for August 2003. Plasmon is partnered with Asahi Pentax who is developing the opto-mechanical assembly for the drive based on their existing 5.25" MO platform. Mitsubishi Chemical is the second source development partner for UDO media.

(http://www.plasmon.com)

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NewTek, Inc., Announces New Training Tour Stops

NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of 3D animation and video products, has announced new stops for the Next Dimension Training Tour in six U.S. cities.  The series of two-day training seminars on 3D animation, visual effects and graphics will come to Raleigh NC and Jacksonville FL in November 2002, and to Houston TX, Denver CO, San Antonio TX, and Tampa FL in early 2003. Class instructors will vary from location to location, but will include Keyframe Magazine editor Lee Stranahan, FX and Academy Distance Learning director Larry Shultz. Complete information and signup instructions are available on the NewTek.com website. The two-day classes cover both basic and advanced techniques for modeling, character animation, motion graphics, and much more. Tour participants will also receive a variety of training materials covering the topics taught in the classes and additional techniques, including a CD loaded with 33 Quicktime video tutorials, extra software, and a DVD with entertaining videos and informative interviews with some of the top LightWave users in the world.  The classes and instructional materials have something to offer any LightWave user, beginner to expert.  The NewTek Next Dimension Tour two-day training is priced at $199.

(http://www.newtek.com/nextdimension )

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NEC Ships Entertainment Projector With 3000:1 Contrast Ratio

NEC Solutions (America), Inc. has begun shipping its first ShowCase Series digital entertainment projector for commercial and residential use, the HT1000. The new projector features a 3000:1 contrast ratio, a level of performance unmatched by any other single- chip DLP(TM) projector available today. "NEC's new HT1000 offers the ultimate sensory experience for viewing everything from sports to movies to high definition content," said Don Fasick, portable projector product manager for NEC Solutions America, Visual Systems Division.  "It gives bar, nightclub, corporate theater and home users the power to entertain with stunning video images up to 200" in size with deeper blacks and richer detail than ever before." Fasick added that the projector incorporates sealed optics for reduced maintenance costs during operation in smoky public environments, and theft- deterring features like password protection, a control panel lock and a lock slot to give commercial users peace of mind. NEC utilizes several technologies to achieve its groundbreaking image quality, including its proprietary new SweetVision Technology, a chip- based technology that increases the perceived contrast for more vibrant images, more realistic colors, and richer, more detailed blacks. The HT1000's variable IRIS feature, an adjustable lever that lets the user stop down the lens aperture to fine-tune the contrast and brightness relationship, helps the projector reach even greater contrast ratio levels that far surpass the performance previously attained by single-chip DLP and three-panel LCD projectors. The HT1000's image quality is further enhanced by NEC's enhanced 3D 10-bit video decoder, which improves image luminance and color and reduces noise for an enhanced overall viewing experience, and by Faroudja(R) DCDi(TM) technology for smooth and natural images even when viewing standard interlaced video. Due to its realistic color reproduction and detail levels, the HT1000 is the first projector in its class to offer a viable low-cost solution for pre and post production applications. NEC's exclusive 3D Reform technology uses horizontal, vertical and diagonal keystone correction to let HT1000 users set up the projector virtually anywhere in the room and get an aligned image.  With one-touch setup and operation, built-in 2Wx2 speakers with 3D sound, a screen trigger connector that lets the user automatically raise or lower screens incorporating that type of input, and a full-function remote, the projector can be easily operated by new users and quickly installed for almost instant enjoyment. NEC's new HT1000 projector is now available through authorized distributors with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $5,495.  

(http://www.necvisualsystems.com)

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Sonopress Extends Reach of Global Network to sites in Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico

Sonopress LLC, a global leader in media replication, has announced the expansion of the Sonopress Global Network to Sonopress manufacturing sites in Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico. The Sonopress Global Network is a Virtual Private Network (VPN)-based transfer system that enables users to transfer data files, such as audio, software applications and artwork, to local or remote locations for processing and production. Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico City join Sonopress facilities in Weaverville, North Carolina, Dublin, Ireland and Gutersloh, Germany as Sonopress Global Network locations. Additional plans to install Global Network capabilities at Sonopress facilities in Birmingham, UK, and Sao Paulo, Brazil are being finalized. Traditionally, the content replication process begins with the physical transfer of a master to the replication facility. Physical transfer of such content is time-consuming and carries an inherent risk of potential damage to the master, resulting in improper replication. The Sonopress Global Network eliminates the need for shipment of physical media, thus reducing data transfer time from several days to as little as one hour. This can increase the bottom line for a media release by saving significant time and effort. The Sonopress Global Network is a worldwide network of Sonopress servers that can accept and transfer data at speeds of up to 1 GB/hour. The network carries a minimum 128-bit encryption to ensure secure transfer of files. Clients may choose to send data with an HTTPS Web-based interface, ideal for smaller-sized files, or an FTP-based transfer via VPN, which enables large-scale transfer using smaller amounts of network bandwidth. Utilizing a digital fingerprinting system known as MD5, the Sonopress Global Network scans all files for in-transit corruption or tampering that could affect the integrity or the quality of the end product in any way.

(http://www.sonopress.com)

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NTI Debuts CD-Maker 6 Platinum

NewTech Infosystems, Inc. (NTI) has released NTI CD-Maker 6 Platinum, a new version of the long-standing all-purpose CD recording tool that adds a wide array of new features including support for DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW. In addition, NTI CD-Maker 6 now burns Data DVDs as well as copies of non-protected DVD discs. NTI CD-Maker 6 also adds many new Audio and Video features such as MP3 CD and WMA CD, on-the-fly multi-track volume balancing, improved MP3 encoder/decoder support, VCD/SVCD SlideShow with background audio, VCD/SVCD menus, on-the-fly AVI to MPEG-1/2 conversion, an audio wave editor and an enhanced version of NTI's JewelCase Maker. In Version 6 NTI has also added on-the-fly Multi-track volume balancing, Video CD (VCD)/Super Video CD (SVCD) SlideShow capability (with background audio), a new Audio Wave Editor, and support for the newest recording drives on the market. CD-Maker 6 Platinum is available at retail stores and via NTI's Web site for $69.99. The OEM bundle version of NTI CD-Maker 6 is also shipping in early Novemebr to CD and DVD component manufacturers and PC/notebook system integrators.

(http://www.ntius.com)

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Sharp Introduces New Notevision Projectors

Sharp Electronics Corporation has unveiled a pair of high-resolution additions to its Notevision family of projectors with the 11.3lb. Notevision C45X and Notevision C45S (PG-C45X & PG-C45S). Both new projectors feature 2,400 ANSI Lumens of light, according to Sharp, and are designed for flexibility and ease of use in basic installation settings. With a slim attache-case design, high-tech security features and Sharp's newest and most efficient optical system, the Notevision C45 projectors are engineered for use in classrooms and corporate settings such as conference rooms and collaborative work environments. The Notevision C45X, with native XGA resolution, will be available later this year through all authorized Sharp AV dealers and resellers at a list price of $5,195. The Notevision C45S, with native SVGA resolution, will also be available later this year at a list price of $4,395.  These projectors are backed by a three-year parts and labor limited warranty, including two years of Sharp's express repair service, a 24-hour turnaround express repair program.

(http://www.sharplcd.com)

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NStor Delivers Ultra320 SCSI RAID

nStor Corporation, Inc., a leader in Ultra320 SCSI direct-attach storage systems and a provider of Fibre-Channel solutions, has announced the availability of Ultra320 server-based PCI RAID.  Complementing nStor's high-performing Ultra320 12-bay computer information storage system and high-availability, active integrated SCSI RAID solution, the NexStor 4000S Ultra320 host-based RAID system adds cost-effective disk drive protection to PCI or PCIx compatible servers. The recent availability of Ultra320 RAID controllers, in either single, dual, or quad-channel options enables nStor to offer 1.7TB, 3.4TB, and 6.8TB Ultra320 RAID solutions on a single PCI or PCIx slot.  The NexStor 4000S Ultra320 SCSI data storage system is available with the highest performing 15,000RPM or largest capacity 146GB enterprise-class disk drives.  The NexStor 4000S is currently available through nStor's geographic reseller channel.

(http://www.nstor.com)

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