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April 09, 2004

Table of Contents

Proximity Announces VideoRipper
Freecom Launches Four New Storage Products at RetailVision
SanDisk Introduces Line of Flash Memory Extreme Cards and Cruzer USB Flash Drives in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong
InterVideo Demonstrates InstantON's New WMA 9 Playback Capabilities at IDF
CyberLink Delivers Right-to-Disc Video Recording On Double-Layer Discs
Sake-Soaked Wood Cone Speakers Featured in New JVC Desktop Audio System
Changhong Designs Genesis Microchip Video Processors Into New 27-inch, 30-inch, and 32-inch LCD TV Platforms
Avid Technology Expands Presence in Hong Kong

Proximity Announces VideoRipper

Developed to provide superior video output quality and an expanded feature set than capture and encoding solutions currently designed for post production and duplication, Proximity has announced the introduction of the VideoRipper video ingestion system. Proximity, a leading media asset management company serving the television, film, and post production industries, will introduce and demonstrate VideoRipper in the company's booth at NAB 2004 (Booth #SU9600) in Las Vegas.

VideoRipper allows users to capture video from tape and encode to frame-accurate MPEG or GXF video files with or without an accompanying program slate--in a single operation. VideoRipper also generates the associated metadata and publishes clips directly to a Proximity Artbox content management system or FTP server--all from one computer running anywhere on the network.

VideoRipper can capture video from any tape deck supporting Sony's 9-Pin RS422 protocol using SDI, composite video, or component video. VideoRipper supports a large number of encoding formats, including broadcast-quality MPEGs, GXFs, and IMX, and consistently generates superior quality video compared to alternate solutions. VideoRipper streamlines the workflow in dubbing facilities and post-production houses by allowing users to remotely configure and manage multiple tape transfers in a secure, password-protected environment.

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Freecom Launches Four New Storage Products at RetailVision

Freecom Technologies, a leading European manufacturer of high quality, easy-to-use multimedia storage solutions, has announced the upcoming launch of four new USB-based external drive products to the US retail market at the upcoming RetailVision 2004. Freecom's wide range of retail storage products can be purchased through Ingram Micro, D&H Distributing, or directly through Freecom USA.

Featured will be:

Classic HDD - - low noise external USB 2 hard drive with capacities of 80GB, 120GB, 160GB.

Classic HDD SL - external USB 2 hard drive in a slim-line design with a capacity of 40GB.

FHD-XS 1.8" HDD - One of the world's smallest bus-powered external USB 2 hard drives with integrated USB 2.0 cable and a capacity of 40GB.

FS-50 Multi-Super DVD Drive - 4x DVD+/-R/RW USB 2.0 bus-powered external drive. Slimline (notebook size drive) includes an integrated battery pack.

The recently launched 2.5" FHD-2 PRO is also available. It is a fast, quiet, external hard disk with one button data synchronization. The new drive can be purchased with memory capacities of 20, 40 or 80 gigabytes.

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SanDisk Introduces Line of Flash Memory Extreme Cards and Cruzer USB Flash Drives in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong

SanDisk Corporation has announced that it will sell its Extreme line of digital flash storage cards in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, giving professional photographers and photo enthusiasts fast read and write speeds and dependable operation in punishing conditions. The announcement was made at a SanDisk press conference in Beijing.

Sold exclusively through photo retail specialty stores, the Extreme line of cards, which will begin shipping this quarter, are available in three formats: CompactFlash, SD and Memory Stick PRO. The CF version will be shipped in capacities of 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, and 2GB. Extreme SD cards will be available in 256MB and 512MB, and Extreme Memory Stick PRO will come in 256MB, 512MB, and 1GB.

Suggested retail prices for Extreme cards are as follows: CompactFlash - US$84.99 to $639.99 for 256MB to 2GB; Memory Stick PRO - $119.99 to $499.99 for 256MB to 1GB; SD - $109.99 to $219.99 for 256MB to 512MB.

At a press conference in Shanghai, SanDisk Corporation announced that it will start selling its newest generation of Cruzer portable USB flash storage drives--including the tiny Cruzer Micro and the extremely rugged Cruzer Titanium--in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. As part of its product line, SanDisk also is introducing an MP3 music player that connects with the Cruzer Micro, as well as higher-capacity models of its already popular Cruzer Mini.

The Cruzer Micro comes in three capacities--128, 256 and 512 megabytes (MB). When you slide the Cruzer Micro into the dock of its optional MP3 Companion, it becomes an instant music machine, delivering at least a minimum seven hours of songs on one standard AAA battery. Features include a backlit LCD screen to identify songs and a removable belt clip.

The top of the line in the SanDisk Cruzer family is Cruzer Titanium, which represents the ultimate in durability and transfer speed. This sleek and strongly-built high-speed portable USB flash storage device is housed in a rugged metal casing that has been shown to survive a force of up to 2,000 pounds, based on a SanDisk test environment validated by an independent laboratory.

Cruzer Titanium is one of the fastest USB-type 2.0 portable flash drives on the market, with a write speed rating of 13MB per second and a read speed of 15MB per second. It is available in a 512MB version, with higher capacities planned for future introduction. The device is 75.1mm long, 20.82mm wide and 8.75mm thick, and it can be worn around the neck, attached to a keychain or clipped to a pocket like an ink pen.

Suggested retail prices for the new Cruzer models are as follows: Cruzer Micro - 128MB to 512MB, US$54.99 to $169.99; Cruzer Micro MP3 Companion - $79.99; Cruzer Titanium 512MB, $224.99.

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InterVideo Demonstrates InstantON's New WMA 9 Playback Capabilities at IDF

InterVideo, Inc., the company that first ported Microsoft Windows Media Technology to Linux-based CE devices, has announced the successful demonstration of InterVideo InstantON's new Windows Media Audio (WMA) 9 playback support at the Intel Developer Forum Japan, which was held at the Hilton Tokyo Bay Hotel April 7-8, 2004.

The WMA 9 format has become increasingly popular because is combines high-quality sound with small file sizes--users can store more than 22 hours of music playback on a single CD. InterVideo InstantON is a modular solution that brings the benefits of consumer electronic (CE) devices to a PC, turning it into a cost-effective home entertainment center with an access time of about 10 seconds and remote control.

With InterVideo InstantON's dual-boot configuration, a single PC can be used for both computing tasks and entertainment. It also enables consumers to share digital music and video files between Windows and Linux-based environments. When access to work-related files on the PC is required, users simply switch to the Windows mode (which requires the full Windows load time).

The current version of InstantON supports playback of MP3-CDs with rich surround sound; playback of DVD-Video, VCD, and SVCD videos with outstanding clarity; plus TV viewing and recording capabilities that consumers can enjoy from the comfort of their living room couch. InstantON can also be used for time-shifting capabilities that allow users to pause and replay live TV and record favorite shows for later viewing.

InterVideo InstantON is currently available from InterVideo only to OEMs for evaluation and integration and is not sold as stand-alone retail software. The modular nature of the product enables OEMs and middleware developers to create customized solutions and to incorporate only the features that are required for a particular device.

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CyberLink Delivers Right-to-Disc Video Recording On Double-Layer Discs

CyberLink Corp., a leading developer of digital video software and training solutions, has announced that its burning applications--Power2Go and PowerProducer 2 Gold--support DVD+R9 double-layer recording. CyberLink also introduced the world's first adoption of double-layer technology in burning of video from digital video, TV or VCR directly onto disc. This new support enables users to burn high quality video or TV recording directly to disc and up to 8.5 GB of data on one double-layer disc.

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Sake-Soaked Wood Cone Speakers Featured in New JVC Desktop Audio System

Consumer electronics manufacturer JVC has announced plans to offer a desktop audio system next month that includes speakers made from sheets of birch to take advantage of the material's desirable sonic qualities. The innovation was 20 years in the making because forming the wood sheets into a speaker cone proved daunting--they would crack or split when stamped. The solution turned out to be sake--Japanese rice wine.

A JVC audio engineer in Japan hit upon the sake solution while enjoying dried squid at a restaurant. He asked if anything special was done to make the dried squid so chewy. It was soaked in sake, he was told. Inspired, the JVC team tried the same technique with the wood sheets. It worked--after soaking in sake, the sheets could be pressed into speaker cones without splitting.

The solid wood cones are featured in JVC's new EX-A1, an elegantly designed desktop music system. The wood provides an ideal combination of high sound propagation speed and high internal loss, allowing the speaker to naturally reproduce a wide frequency range. With conventional paper cones, sound spreads at the same speed in all directions, causing unnatural resonant points with limited frequency response. Wood cones produce few resonant points because of the grain, so frequency response is improved and sound quality is significantly enhanced. JVC engineers tried several types of wood, but birch proved to have the best acoustic properties.

The EX-A1 handles nearly every popular digital format, including DVD-Video, high-resolution DVD-Audio, DVD-R/-RW, CD, SVCD/VCD, CD-R/RW, MP3, and JPEG, plus there is a built-in FM/AM tuner. The unit includes Dolby Digital and DTS decoders, a high output 192kHz/24-bit audio D/A converter, and screw-type speaker terminals for the best possible connection. Composite, S-Video, and component video outputs guarantee compatibility with nearly any television monitor currently in use, and a subwoofer output makes it easy to add an outboard subwoofer for rich, room-rattling bass. Power output is rated at 30 watts per channel minimum. The EX-A1 will be available in May at a nationally advertised value of $550.00.

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Changhong Designs Genesis Microchip Video Processors Into New 27-inch, 30-inch, and 32-inch LCD TV Platforms

Genesis Microchip Inc., a world leader in the development of image processing technologies for LCD TVs and other consumer display products, has announced that Changhong Electric Co., LTD., a leading TV manufacturer in China, selected Genesis Microchip's gm1501 and FLI2310 video controllers for use in its new LS08 Series LCD TVs. Models W270F8E (27-inch), W300F8PE (30-inch), and W320F8E (32-inch) of this series are scheduled to be available in China and Europe beginning this summer. Changhong is also leveraging the DCDi by Faroudja brand on the faceplates of its LCD TVs to denote the inclusion of Genesis' Emmy award-winning Faroudja video processing technology for easy consumer recognition.

The gm1501 display controller is a fully integrated single chip solution for multifunction LCD monitors and LCD TVs supporting up to SXGA resolutions. It features RealColor technology to provide digital brightness and contrast controls. The controller also incorporates an integrated, full-screen bit-mapped On-Screen-Display (OSD) as well as development tools for an ICON-based television OSD. The FLI2310 is a digital video format converter that incorporates Faroudja's Emmy award-winning de-interlacing and video enhancement technologies to convert standard interlaced and high definition video signals into formats compatible with flat panel displays. Other advanced performance capabilities of the FLI2310 include patented Film Mode for proper handling of 3:2 and 2:2 pulldown material and DCDi (Directional Correlational Deinterlacing) technology to eliminate the jagged edges seen on moving angled lines in video.

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Avid Technology Expands Presence in Hong Kong

Digital nonlinear media company, Avid Technology, officially announced the expansion of its North Asia office operations in Hong Kong today. The Hong Kong office, Avid North Asia (Hong Kong), will oversee the sales and marketing functions of the company in Hong Kong, mainland China, and Taiwan. It will also be responsible for market development for all of its products in North Asia.

Vice-President of Avid Technology for Asia Pacific region, Mr. Andrew Thornton said the decision to develop the company's North Asia operations from a base in Hong Kong was backed by Avid's commitment to the region and the attractions of Hong Kong. These include the free flow of information, rule of law, world-class telecommunications infrastructure, and ideal geographical location of the city.

Nasdaq-listed Avid Technology is a market leader in digital nonlinear media creation, management and distribution solutions. The company's products enable film, video, audio, animation, games, and broadcast news professionals to work more efficiently, productively and creatively.

Invest Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government department charged with encouraging and facilitating foreign investment into the city by providing all the support needed to establish a business presence here.

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