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February 13, 2004

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Ulead Software Included with Fisher FVD-C1 Pocket CameraCorder
InterVideo Unveils Recorder Platinum 5 Software with Integrated WinDVD 5
Anark Corporation Announces Version 2.5 of Anark Studio
MAGIX Announces Photo Cleaning Lab
CyberLink Introduces the 4th Generation of CyberLink MPEG CODEC
Philips Unveils Hi-Speed USB Host Controllers with Peripheral and On-the-Go Support
SanDisk Adds 128MB Memory Stick PRO and PRO Duo to Flash Storage Line
EPSON Debuts Stylus Photo R200 Printer

Ulead Software Included with Fisher FVD-C1 Pocket CameraCorder

Ulead Systems, Inc., a developer of digital video, image, and DVD software, has announced a worldwide deal to bundle its video editing and digital media management software with the new Fisher FVD-C1 Pocket CameraCorder marketed by Sanyo Fisher Company in the US. The FVD-C1 is a lightweight, high-resolution MPEG-4 camcorder/camera that records to an SD memory card for fast transfer of high-resolution images and sound to PCs. Ulead VideoStudio 7 SE DVD incorporates MPEG-4 technology to enable Pocket CameraCorder users to easily and quickly edit, author, and burn MPEG-4-recorded video to DVD or CD with an interactive menu and navigation. The bundle also includes Ulead Photo Explorer 8 Basic SE for enhancing, managing, and burning photos, MPEG-4 video and other digital media files to CD.

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InterVideo Unveils Recorder Platinum 5 Software with Integrated WinDVD 5

InterVideo, Inc. has announced WinDVD Recorder Platinum 5, the latest version of its digital video recorder (DVR) and DVD player combination software. The new software can be used to record video captured from a camcorder, DV camera, digital TV set-top box, or a VCR directly to DVD for immediate playback. The same software can be used for TV time-shifting capabilities and to schedule TV broadcast recordings. Features that have also been included are InterVideo Mobile Technology for battery conservation, Intel's Hyper-threading technology for multitasking, and a Movie Encyclopedia for online information. These features enhance the viewing and listening experience for both home and mobile users.

WinDVD Recorder Platinum 5 includes InterVideo WinDVD Platinum 5, the popular DVD player, and InterVideo technology for viewing and recording TV programs with a PC. In addition to being able to watch recorded DVD and DivX videos at their convenience, WinDVD Recorder Platinum 5 users can take advantage of the software's TV time-shifting capabilities using InterVideo's leading MPEG technology to avoid missing part of their TV program if there is an interruption. They can pause the broadcast at any time, enjoy instant replays, and edit recorded programs to delete unwanted segments. It can also be used to archive videos and to convert old home movies from VHS tapes to CDs or DVDs. New features also include mobile user support, expanded audio support, and MyPlayback features for creating personal playlists.

With WinDVD Recorder Platinum 5, users can also capture video from a DV camcorder via IEEE 1394 support. Files can be captured as AVI or MPEG files, and DV-AVI files can be converted back to DV tape for archiving. DV camcorder playback control functions include fast forward, rewind, and seek capabilities.

Compatible with Windows 2000, and XP, WinDVD Recorder Platinum 5 is available at InterVideo's web site, in the U.S., and Europe for an MSRP of $99. Upgrades for existing users of WinDVD Platinum 5 and WinDVR 3 will be available for $39.95. Existing WinDVD Recorder users will receive free upgrades.

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Anark Corporation Announces Version 2.5 of Anark Studio

Anark Corporation, a leading provider of 3D interactive software and innovative multimedia solutions, announced the latest release of its flagship products, Anark Studio and Anark Player. The Anark Media Platform is the most complete and cost-effective solution for companies that need to communicate more effectively through realistic interactive visuals for training, visualization, product demonstration, corporate, and other multimedia presentations. The addition of powerful software rendering functionality makes it possible for Anark customers to create and deliver the most compelling interactive 3D content on virtually any desktop or notebook PC.

Anark Studio is used by such companies as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Matsushita Avionics Corporation (MAS), the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army.

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MAGIX Announces Photo Cleaning Lab

MAGIX has announced today MAGIX Photo Cleaning Lab, a digital camera accessory designed to repair, organize, and preserve the thousands of digital images collected by photographers and consumers. Priced at $49.99, MAGIX Photo Cleaning Lab includes real-time image correction, high-speed photo management, instant album creation, an accelerated image explorer, photo printing, CD archiving, and an image editor in a single program.

Efficient batch-processing enables users to change entire folders of pictures to a different image format and resizes for printing, emailing or posting to a webpage. Exposure, focus, color correction, and "red-eye" reduction tasks are performed even while the photos playback in a slideshow. An accelerated search function finds images anywhere they are--computer, digicam, or scanner, and displays them in seconds for easy sorting. Users can choose to view the photos full screen, as thumbnails, or in a slideshow with music. Automatic categorizing enables users to organize their photo collection, or they can choose to sort photos into custom categories to create a personalized database. Damaged, scratched, torn or spotted photos can be repaired with the included MAGIX Photo Clinic 3.0, a 24-bit image editor. MAGIX Photo Clinic 3.0 enables users to create a panorama or montage, add professional touches such as special artistic effects or apply more detailed refinements to images in their collection.

MAGIX Photo Cleaning Lab provides a variety of ways to share images. Consumers can create interactive photo albums, screensavers, and photoshows with a mouse click and burn them on CD for sharing or archiving, or they can resize the pictures for printing posters and contact prints. MAGIX Photo Cleaning Lab for Windows will be available in late February 2004 through major retailers for $49.99 MSRP.

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CyberLink Introduces the 4th Generation of CyberLink MPEG CODEC

CyberLink Corporation, a developer of digital video software and training solutions, has introduced its fourth-generation CyberLink MPEG CODEC to deliver the best video quality with shortest video processing time possible. With the fourth-generation video engine in PowerDirector 3, anyone can reduce the time it takes to process an edited video by up to 50%, according to CyberLink. In addition, the fourth-generation of CyberLink MPEG CODEC used in PowerDirector 3 optimizes the video display format, so that both non-interlaced PC monitors and interlaced televisions can display the video with the best results.

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Philips Unveils Hi-Speed USB Host Controllers with Peripheral and On-the-Go Support

Royal Philips Electronics has announced Hi-Speed Universal Serial Bus (USB) host controllers for embedded systems. The two new devices are the ISP1760 controller, a Hi-Speed USB host controller, and the ISP1761 controller, which is a single-chip Hi-Speed USB Host and Peripheral controller with USB On-the-Go (OTG) support. They feature high throughput and low power consumption, enabling the bandwidth offered in the USB 2.0 specification at 480 Megabits per second (Mbps). The new Philips ISP1760 host controller chip is designed for set-top boxes (STBs), digital televisions (DTVs), DVD recorders, and other consumer products to create a high-speed USB connection to PC peripherals such as printers, hard disk drives, memory cards, or scanners.

The single-chip ISP1761 controller includes Hi-Speed capability for both the device and host function. It is OTG-capable and provides for point-to-point communication between portable devices such as mobile handsets, personal digital assistants (PDAs), digital still cameras (DSCs), digital video cameras (DVCs), and MP3 players. In addition, the ISP1761 can establish itself as a USB host. This means information from a PC in the office could be downloaded onto an OTG-equipped PDA, then the PDA could be taken on the road and serve as the host to support printing, or music download to another device. The ISP1761 family features a power-optimized architecture for low power consumption in both operating and suspend modes. A hybrid power-down mode allows the USB devices to be powered from both the USB cable and the system power supply. When this power reallocation is utilized, the power consumption of the ISP1761 or ISP1760 from the board supply is reduced by over 40 percent.

The ISP1760 Hi-Speed host controller is priced at $4.90 at quantities of 100,000 units, while the ISP1761 host/peripheral controller is priced at US $5.90 in quantities of 100,000 units. Both semiconductor solutions will be sampling in February 2004. The ISP176x Intel XScale/Linux reference kit will be available in Q1 2004 and the ISP176x PCI reference kit will be available in Q2 2004.

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SanDisk Adds 128MB Memory Stick PRO and PRO Duo to Flash Storage Line

SanDisk Corporation has announced the addition of the 128MB Memory Stick PRO and 128MB Memory Stick PRO Duo cards to its product line. SanDisk now claims the industry's broadest range of Memory Stick PRO and PRO Duo cards with capacities that range from 128MB to 2GB and 128MB to 512MB respectively.

The addition of 128MB capacities allows SanDisk's retailers to offer the Memory Stick PRO and PRO Duo cards at a price point below the 256MB capacity, which was previously the lowest capacity for these card formats. MS PRO Duo cards are roughly half the size of MS PRO and are intended for use in smaller-sized digital devices. An adapter is included with every MS PRO Duo card enabling versatility (or usage) with all MS PRO-compatible devices. SanDisk Memory Stick PRO cards are expected to be available this month with capacities that range from 128MB to 2GB and suggested list prices ranging from $59.99 to $999.99. SanDisk-manufactured Memory Stick PRO Duo cards are expected to be available Q2 2004 at a suggested list price of $64.99 and $224.99 for the 128MB and 512MB capacities respectively (Memory Stick PRO adapter included).

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EPSON Debuts Stylus Photo R200 Printer

Epson America Inc.'s latest printer, the EPSON Stylus Photo R200, is designed for digital imaging enthusiasts who want to print frame-ready photos and personalize home music and movie collections at an affordable price. With six individual ink cartridges, fast print speeds, and direct CD/DVD printing, the EPSON Stylus Photo R200 offers versatile, high-quality home printing.

Featuring Epson's Advanced Micro Piezo technology and a six-color photo ink system, it achieves resolutions up to 5760x1440dpi and three-picoliter ink droplets to ensure photo quality color and detail, more accurate skin tones, and a wide color range for photo prints. The EPSON Stylus Photo R200 also featuring text speeds up to 15ppm and photo speeds as fast as 37 seconds for a 4"x6" photo and 78 seconds for an 8"x10" photo.

With the EPSON Stylus Photo R200, customers can print directly onto the surface of inkjet printable CD-R and DVD-R media, thus eliminating the expense, inconvenience, and risk of using adhesive labels. Customers can design professional-looking CDs and DVDs with customized text, colorful backgrounds, and images by using the included CD software. Printing out the CDs is quick and simple with a front-loading CD tray that comes standard with the printer.

The EPSON Stylus Photo R200 is available now for an estimated street price of $99, and can be purchased through Epson authorized dealers, mail order, computer superstores, photo specialty stores, and on the EPSON retail Web site ( This printer is backed by the one-year EPSON Exchange Warranty and is supported by the EPSON Connection(SM), a customer support and technical assistance line.

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