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September 24, 2004

Table of Contents

Toshiba Introduces Dual-Layer, Dual-Format DVD Recordable Drive
LG Releases Multi-CD/DVD Drive with 16X Speed
ESS Technology Adds Nero Digital Support to its Vibratto II DVD Solutions
Digital Excellence LLC adds HexaLock CD-ROM Copy Protection Products to Their Available Services
Delkin's Portable BurnAway Burns CDs on the Go
Dolby Technologies Mandatory on both HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc Next-Generation Packaged Media Formats
Chicago Digital Post Offers DVD Packaging Components
ATI Announces First PCI Express Card

Toshiba Introduces Dual-Layer, Dual-Format DVD Recordable Drive

Toshiba Storage Device Division introduced a new dual-layer, dual-format 5X DVD+R. The first DVD recorder from Toshiba Samsung Storage Technologies, the SD-R5372 also features a 16X DVD+R single-layer specification. The dual-layer media capability offers twice the storage capacity of a single-layer DVD and 12 times the capacity of a CD at 8.5GB.

The SD-R5372 incorporates also includes a power control system that adjusts speeds to layer demands, a new laser in the pickup head for writing to double-layer media, and an optimized write strategy for both dual-layer and 16X DVD+R media. The SD-R5372 will be available in October in a retail kit with video editing, data backup and CD creation software.

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LG Releases Multi-CD/DVD Drive with 16X Speed

LG Electronics has released a 16X version of their Multi-CD/DVD drive, the GSA-4160B. The new drive has the ability to read and write in all three DVD formats, DVD-R, DVD+R and DVD-RAM at higher speeds than its predecessors. Equipped with dual-layer writing technology, the GSA-4160B offers users 8.5GB capacity with DVD+R DL media.

The drive offers storage to backup MP3s, videos, digital pictures, or any large files to multiple media types. With an estimated street price of $99, the 16X GSA-4160B comes with a one-year "Peace of Mind" warranty and cross-ship two-day advance replacement service is also available.

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ESS Technology Adds Nero Digital Support to its Vibratto II DVD Solutions

ESS Technology announced that it is introducing support for Nero Digital in its Vibratto II DVD solutions. ESS will offer Nero Digital-certified reference designs for DVD player manufacturers for developments in MPEG-4 video/audio compression. DVD player reference designs supporting Nero Digital are now available.

Nero Digital offers MPEG-4 video coupled with high-fidelity MPEG-4 AAC audio. Nero Digital is currently capable of providing chapter markers, subtitle, and multi-language soundtrack support. Nero Digital is bundled in the digital media package Nero 6.

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Digital Excellence LLC adds HexaLock CD-ROM Copy Protection Products to Their Available Services

HexaLock has announced that Digital Excellence LLC will add HexaLock CD-ROM copy protection to their duplication and packaging services.Digital Excellence provides a range of development and manufacturing services to customers nationwide. Their capabilities include CD and DVD duplication and replication, DVD authoring, video and audio cassette duplication, spoken-word recording studios, in-house printing and packaging solutions, and an online fulfillment system.

HexaLock develops and markets copy protection and digital rights management solutions worldwide. HexaLock CD Copy Protection, Version 3.0 offers protection for both CD-ROMs and HexaLock CD-R to address digital asset management requirements.

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Delkin's Portable BurnAway Burns CDs on the Go

Delkin Devices Inc. is now shipping the BurnAway portable combo media player. The BurnAway is a mobile CD burner that combines a number of today's digital electronic devices in one unit. Featuring a DVD/CD-R/RW Drive, the unit works as a memory card reader, a digital slideshow player, and a DVD/MP3/CD player. The BurnAway operates independently of a computer and can burn the contents of a memory card to a CD-R. Two built-in memory card slots support CompactFlash (I&II), Microdrives, SD, MMC, SmartMedia, Memory Stick and MS PRO. Connecting the BurnAway to a computer via High-Speed USB 2.0 also enables it to function as a card reader and external DVD/CD-R/RW drive. The BurnAway can be connected to compatible televisions to display picture slideshows from either your memory card or CD-R. The unit's included remote control allows customization of slideshow presentations. The BurnAway also functions as a DVD-ROM drive capable of playing DVDs, MP3s, and audio CDs.

Various accessories included are: a protective carrying case, a remote control, a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery and DC power cord (100V-240V), a USB 2.0 cable for connecting to a computer, and both S-Video and RCA cables for connecting to a TV or projector. The BurnAway can burn up to six 700MB CD-R discs or play up to 2 1/2 hours of a DVD on a single battery charge, according to Delkin. Nero OEM Suite 2 CD burning software is included, along with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 photo editing. The MSRP is $299.99 U.S. and includes a two year warrenty.

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Dolby Technologies Mandatory on both HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc Next-Generation Packaged Media Formats

Dolby Laboratories announces that Dolby audio technologies have been selected as mandatory formats for both HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The DVD Forum has selected Dolby Digital Plus and MLP Lossless as mandatory audio formats for HD-DVD. The Blu-ray Disc Association announced that Dolby Digital will be a mandatory technology on its new format, the Blu-ray Disc. Both discs are next-generation packaged media formats designed to deliver high-definition picture quality.

The DVD Forum's selection of Dolby Digital Plus as a mandatory audio standard assures future compatibility of HD-DVD software media and playback devices with the more than 39 million A/V receivers equipped with Dolby Digital in homes today. Additionally, DVD-Video software titles will retain full audio compatibility with next-generation HD DVD-Video players.

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Chicago Digital Post Offers DVD Packaging Components

Chicago Digital Post is offering a new product line of fully customizable, Design-Only DVD Packaging components. These components include the same designs as the company's customized Pre-Packaged Recordable Solutions but offer the ability to customize.

Chicago Digital Post offers a selection of designs to choose from for an array of events and occasions. Each printed component is printed using full-color laser printing on high quality semi-gloss inkjet paper, eliminating smears or color bleeds, according to Chicago Digital press materials. T

he Design-Only Packaging components include DVD case outer wraps and case-insert cards. Also available are "edge-to-edge" digitally thermal-printed discs which are designed not to scratch, smudge, smear, or fade and intended to match the quality, appearance, and durability of the silkscreened DVDs and CDs found in retail stores.

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ATI Announces First PCI Express Card

ATI Technologies has announced that shipments of its new ALL-IN-WONDER X600 PRO PCI Express computer platform will begin in Europe next month, and soon after in North America.

ALL-IN-WONDER X600 PRO is powered by the RADEON X600 graphics chip and PCI Express throughput capabilities to deliver a complete system for gaming, video editing, and personal video recorder capabilities. According to ATI, the new video card allows data to be sent and received concurrently at twice the speed of existing AGP 8X solutions, with full, native 16-lane bus interconnect between the VPU and CPU in both directions simultaneously.

The ALL-IN-WONDER X600 PRO includes integrated DVD burning capabilities for media creation at faster than real time, a 400MHz engine and 256MB 600MHz memory for image enhancement, and "domino-style" connector dongles for VGA plus DVI-I monitor output connectivity.

The North American versions includes Serious Magic Visual Communicator video production software that integrates real-time video with real-time 3D graphics, muvee autoProducer DVD Edition automatic video production software, and Pinnacle Studio 9 (ATI Version) digital video editing with additional ATI-based features.

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