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June 04, 2004

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ADS Tech Delivers Upgrades to Ulead VideoStudio 8 SE and DVD MovieFactory 3 SE
Hitachi and PMC-Sierra Complete 4Gb/s Fibre Channel Interoperability
Luminous Parrot Technologies Announces Dream in Pictures
Addonics Unveils New Console Drive
Video Without Boundaries Exhibits MediaREADY 4000 Internet/DVD Media Center
Microsoft Introduces Windows Media Player 10 Beta
New Tech Infosystems Unveils New Support for DVD+R Double Layer Recording
Profound Effects Announced Useful Assistants 1.5

ADS Tech Delivers Upgrades to Ulead VideoStudio 8 SE and DVD MovieFactory 3 SE

ADS Tech announced that it has expanded its worldwide integration and support agreement with Ulead Systems. Under the terms of the agreement, ADS Tech will upgrade Instant DVD and Pyro consumer DV capture hardware products with special editions of VideoStudio 8 and DVD MovieFactory 3, Ulead's video editing and DVD authoring software.

ADS Tech products featuring the new versions of these products include: Ulead VideoStudio 8 SE and DVD MovieFactory 3 SE: Instant DVD 2.0 and Instant DVD+DV Ulead VideoStudio 8 SE: Instant VideoDVX, Instant VideoCD, Pyro A/V Link Ulead VideoStudio 8 SE Basic: Pyro 1394 Basic, PYRO 1394 For Cardbus, Pyro 1394DV

ADS Tech video solutions range from the most basic video capture product to complete prosumer video production solutions. With a full range of products, users have an economical growth path. As they become more experienced and want more capabilities, they can easily move to more advanced Instant DVD and PYRO products without having to begin the learning process all over again.

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Hitachi and PMC-Sierra Complete 4Gb/s Fibre Channel Interoperability

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and PMC-Sierra announced the completion of 4Gb/s Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop (FCAL) interoperability testing between PMC-Sierra's intelligent 4Gb/s Fibre Channel (FC) Port Bypass Controllers and Hitachi 4Gb/s FC hard disk drive prototypes.

The interoperability testing showcased 4Gb/s FCAL error-free operation between PMC-Sierra's PM8377 PBC 4x4G device and multiple Hitachi GST hard disk drive prototypes over a period greater than 72 hours (Bit Error Rate (BER) of approximately 10^-15). PMC-Sierra's PM2386-KIT evaluation platform provided the test vehicle to interface the PM8377 PBC 4x4G to Hitachi's hard disk drives.

The testing comprised of multiple successful 4Gb/s FCAL hardware exchanges between PMC-Sierra's PM8377 PBC 4x4G device and Hitachi's 4Gb/s FC disk drive prototypes. PMC-Sierra's intelligent PBCs built-in diagnostics and monitoring capabilities were used to ensure FCAL compliance by validating the Fibre Channel frames to and from the Hitachi hard disk drives.

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Luminous Parrot Technologies Announces Dream in Pictures

Luminous Parrot Technologies announced a new photo and video software for digital camera users, Dream in Pictures. This downloadable software for the PC enables people to have fun and do more with their photos by combining a unique and intuitive interface with popular tools to easily organize, edit, share and print digital images.

Dream in Pictures appeals to both expert and novice digital imaging enthusiasts by going beyond other products on the market by providing creative tools that include a creative slideshow builder, an interactive 3D Gallery, a fun Mosaic Maker, and more. In addition to being available for purchase through the Web site, Dream in Pictures is also posted for downloading at CNET and Tucows and is receiving good reviews.

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Addonics Unveils New Console Drive

Addonics Technologies announced the Console Drive, a storage solution that enables any standard 3.5-inch IDE hard drive to be used like a hot-swap data cartridge. The Addonics Console can turn a standard 3.5" IDE hard drive into either an external hard drive or a removable hard drive cartridge. This new Addonics solution connects to any of the following interfaces: USB 2.0/1.1, FireWire/iLink, Card Bus/PCMCIA, Serial ATA, IDE, or SCSI. The flexibility of the Console Drive allows removable or ATAPI devices to be utilized in a wide range of applications and equipment such as server applications, vehicle PC systems, home entertainment, and remote storage connections.

Maximum data transfer rates vary by the interface used and range from 1.5 Mbytes/sec for USB 1.1 to 150 Mbytes/sec for Serial ATA. Hot swap is certified with USB, FireWire under Windows 98SE, Me, 2000 or XP, and Serial ATA (when used with Addonics SATA Host controller) under Windows 2000 and XP.

The Addonics Console Drive includes: - One Console Cradle, which fits inside a standard 5 1/4" drive bay and includes with a back plane that can attach to multiple storage devices. - HDD Console Tray, which enables the Console HD enclosure to be used as a removable hard drive via the Console Cradle. Addonics also offers the DVD Console Tray to enable the Addonics Pocket CD, DVD, DVD/CDRW, DVD+/-R/RW to be used as a removable ATAPI device via the Console Cradle. - Console HD enclosure, a hard drive enclosure that turns any 3.5" IDE hard drive into an external hard drive with flexible interface connections, or a removable hard drive. - One of the following USIB interface cables - USB 2.0/1.1USIB, FireWire/iLink, Card Bus/PCMCIA, or external Serial ATA USIB interface cable.

The MSRP for the Console Drive product line with USIB35 is $69 to $85 depending on the interface or hardware selected. The Addonics Console Drive is compatible with Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, Mac OS 10 and above, Linux (Kernel 2.4 and above), and Solaris 8 (10/00 or later).

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Video Without Boundaries Exhibits MediaREADY 4000 Internet/DVD Media Center

Video Without Boundaries Inc. announced it is demonstrating its MediaREADY 4000 convergent Internet/DVD Player to OEM manufacturers at Computex Taipei 2004. The MediaREADY 4000 combines media entertainment options including DVD/MPEG-2/MPEG-4 playback, feature-rich video and photos, email, web surfing, karaoke, CD/MP3 storage and playback and more. With an open-source, Linux-based architecture the unit supports virtually any kind of OEM configuration or upgrade.

Defining the power of Video Without Boundaries' MediaREADY 4000 is its PC platform and connection options. With a disk drive storage unit, Ethernet 10/100BT wired and wireless connections, its USB 2.0 and 1394 hookups enable the MediaREADY 4000 to access and store and manage music, movies, photos either using its integrated storage sources, or from one or more PCs located on a home network.

The MediaREADY software platform integrates both consumer electronics chip-based media functionality as well as PC motherboard technology supporting IP-based applications, software upgrades, and full-screen DVD-quality IP media streaming and playback. The unit will begin shipping to retailers in the United States in Q4 of this year, and will carry a suggested retail price of $449.00.

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Microsoft Introduces Windows Media Player 10 Beta

Microsoft is making available the technical beta of their next generation media player- Windows Media Player 10 for Windows XP users. This technical beta is being released to provide enthusiasts and early adopters of digital media technology the opportunity to test the release and give us critical feedback to help us ensure a high-quality release of the media player, which will ship later this year. It is important to note that the player is still under development and at this stage is not intended for mass consumer adoption.

This test release of the Windows Media Player 10 builds on the design accomplishments and feature set of the Windows Media Player 9 Series, with the goal of providing the best experience for discovering, playing and taking digital media anywhere. To this end, the technical beta of Windows Media Player 10 includes the following new and improved features: sleek new design, choice of online stores, enhanced device support, all-in-one Smart Jukebox features.

The Windows Media Player 10 technical beta does not yet include all features to be available at final release. The final, fully featured version of Windows Media Player 10 will be available later this year.

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New Tech Infosystems Unveils New Support for DVD+R Double Layer Recording

New Tech Infosystems announced that, in addition to demonstrating support for DVD+R Double Layer recording, it would unveil several new products during Computex Taipei 2004 this week. Some of the products being unveiled are:

New DVD+R Double Layer (DL) Support - With support for DVD+R DL technology, NTI products provides storage up to 8.5 GB of data, up to 4 hours of DVD-quality video, or about 120 hours of MP3 audio on a single disc without having to turn the disc or replace it with a new disc.

New NTI DVD Copy - NTI's new DVD Copy software is also a 9-to-5 solution: you can fit the contents of a 8.5GB dual-layer DVD 9 disc on a 4.7GB single-layer DVD-5 disc.

New Dragon Burn V4.0 (for Macintosh) - Designed for Mac OS X desktop and PowerBook notebook computer users, Dragon Burn V4.0 provides Mac OS X users (Including Jaguar) can produce audio, video, data, MP3, CD Extra (audio + data) CDs and DVDs. New features added to this release include VCD/SVCD mastering, VIDEO_TS support for DVD Video burning, and "Picture CD" layout support. Dragon Burn is available for OEM bundling with external CD and DVD burners.

NTI CD & DVD-Makerä V6.7 (for Windows) - NTI CD & DVD-Maker provides a solution for recording data, audio, photos and video on CD-R/RW, DVD±R/RW and DVD-RAM discs. The new version has been enhanced with a GUI and new VIDEO_TS support for DVD Video burning.

NTI Backup Now! V3.0 Deluxe Suite (for Windows) - NTI Backup Now! V3.0 Deluxe Suite provides backup flexibility and added value by including two backup/recovery solutions.

NTI Backup NOW! 3 Deluxe Suite provides full image backup and individual file/folder backup using virtually all CD or DVD recordable devices. This product is also available for OEM bundling and corporate Volume Licensing.

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Profound Effects Announced Useful Assistants 1.5

Profound Effects Inc. announced the immediate availability of Version 1.5 of Useful Assistants (UA), the workflow enhancer for Adobe After Effects. Version 1.5 adds 28 new or updated assistants, increasing the total count of available assistants to more than 110. This new version also adds compatibility with After Effects 6.5.

Among the additions to UA are three "Slave to" assistants, one each for lights, materials, and effects. Useful Assistants 1.5 has a suggested retail price of $195. Owners of previous versions of UA can download Version 1.5, at no cost, from the profound eXchange. The Profound eXchange is an online community where new assistants are made available from time to time

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