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December 06, 2002

Table of Contents

Invio Joins Hitachi Alliance to Develop Automation Solutions for Hitachi Networked Storage Offerings
Condre, Inc. Announces New DVD + R / RW Duplication & Publishing Systems
Planar Launches PX Family of High-Performance LCD Monitors
Infinite Data Storage Showcases CD-based Digital Camera Archive Technology
GIMA Introduces Automated Digipak Packaging Solution
Optibase Releases New Video Streaming Platform
ADS' USB Instant DVD for Mac Now Shipping
MPEG LA Releases MPEG-4 Visual Patent Portfolio License

Invio Joins Hitachi Alliance to Develop Automation Solutions for Hitachi Networked Storage Offerings

Invio Software Inc. has announced availability of automated provisioning and topology management solutions for HDS 99x0 arrays in a heterogeneous SAN environment. Invio will continue to work directly with Hitachi to automate additional storage management processes and extend support to additional Hitachi offerings, leveraging Hitachi's HiCommand APIs and the Hitachi True North developers program. Automated provisioning and topology management is available now, directly from Invio and will also be made available through Invio OEM partners such as BMC Software, later in the fourth quarter of 2002.

(http://www.inviosoftware.com)

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Condre, Inc. Announces New DVD + R / RW Duplication & Publishing Systems

Condre, Inc., a leading manufacturer of storage and interchange systems for audio, video and data applications, released the DVD Tracer Plus R Series, a new line of DVD + R / RW Duplication and Publishing Systems, available for immediate shipment. Utilizing cutting edge technology developed by the DVD + R / RW consortium, Condre is now offering single and multi drive tower duplication systems and automated desktop publishing configurations featuring Ricoh DVD + RW drives. Manufacturer's Suggested List Prices start at $ 1099.00 for a single drive unit. In addition to providing users with new DVD + RW capability, the DVD Tracer Plus R Series also features industrial style enclosures with multiple fans for maximum cooling. High performance power supplies result in 100% duty cycle performance. Condre systems are backed by a one year parts and labor warranty, and life long on - line Technical Support.

(http://www.condre.com)

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Planar Launches PX Family of High-Performance LCD Monitors

Planar Systems Inc., a worldwide leader in the development and marketing of flat-panel display systems, is launching a new family of premium flat-panel desktop monitors featuring a first-of-its-kind base that provides users with resistance-free swivel, pivot and height adjustments - requiring no more force than the light touch of a single finger - for total versatility and customizable viewing positions in any computing environment. The first model in the new PX family, a 17-inch display with ultra-thin bezels and a panel depth of just two inches, boasts the industry's fastest response time (16 ms) for rendering crystal clear video images - critical for gaming and video applications.  Featuring razor-sharp SXGA (1280 x 1024) resolution, the PX171M incorporates analog and digital (DVI) inputs, for future compatibility, easy set-up and crisp signal quality.  Pivot functionality allows users to rotate the display easily between landscape and portrait modes.  The PX171M is available in white, black or silver and has integrated speakers.  The display is available for an estimated street price of $589.

(http://www.planar.com)

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Infinite Data Storage Showcases CD-based Digital Camera Archive Technology

Infinite Data Storage (IDS), designers of the Samba, the world's
smallest portable CD-R device and a leader in portable optical data storage technologies, demonstrated its portable CD-R drive with direct digital camera download capability COMDEX. The unique embedded technology is set to enable users to connect any USB digital stills camera directly to portable devices enabled with IDS' proprietary image download capability, such as IDS' own 12cm Calypso personal Audio/CD-RW devices.  The digital image download technology enables consumers with USB cameras to easily save images on standard CD-RW media that can be accessed on a large variety of PC and non-PC devices. Embedded image format conversion in the CD-RW drive allows the creation of images on VCD or ISO 9660 compatible discs that can be played on any CD/DVD player.  Tasks that were previously only possible by using a PC such as mastering and burning CDs can now be completed on the move using technology embedded in IDS's personal products.

(http://www.infinitedatastorage.com)

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GIMA Introduces Automated Digipak Packaging Solution

GIMA announced that they have developed the DVD 896: the first automated solution for Digipak disc loading and booklet inserting.  The new DVD 896 combines the advantages of cost efficiencies and speed of process to the already innovative Digipak packaging product.  The DVD896 offers a high degree of versatility in its design.  It can accommodate both CD and DVD in any Digipak configuration of four to ten panels, and can load up to 4 discs simultaneously. An optional booklet insertion station is also available. Using pick and place type handling units, the DVD 896 allows for simple, fast loading with very little operator intervention. The line is also designed to accommodate the installation of an IDR device in each disc insertion station. As specialty packaging, The Digipak has received acceptance and recognition for its originality and flexibility of design with record labels and movie studios. Recent usages have included the multiple packaged versions of Reservoir Dogs, the four-disc Sopranos DVD collection, and Planet of the Apes.

(http://www.gima.com)

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Optibase Releases New Video Streaming Platform

Optibase, Ltd., a leader in broadband streaming platforms, has released its new encoding and Microsoft Windows Media compatible streaming server - MGW 2400 - offering high-quality, low-bit rate video streaming for the residential and enterprise markets.  Optibase's newest streaming platform enables service providers to offer broadband services, such as video-on-demand and network Personal Video Recording (nPVR)  over digital subscriber lines (DSL) and cable modems to the residential market.  Service providers can deploy MGW 2400 to encode and stream entertainment channels directly to their customers' home PCs. Since most PCs have Windows Media Player pre-installed, end users need not download or install a special player application to view streaming video on their desktop. Optibase's MGW 2400 also enables large companies and organizations to multicast live business and information channels over their existing LAN to desktop PCs equipped with a Windows Media Player for TV over LAN applications such as corporate communications, distance learning and business TV. A high density, multi-channel video encoding and streaming server,  MGW 2400 is designed to compress and stream - either in multicast or on-demand unicast mode - up to six live high quality Windows Media compliant streams.  Tightly integrated with the Windows Media Server, MGW 2400 can control up to 4 servers and simultaneously upload the live encoded streams to the servers for time shifted or on-demand distribution

(http://www.optibase.com)

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ADS' USB Instant DVD for Mac Now Shipping

ADS Technologies, a leader in consumer video editing solutions, has shipped its new real-time DVD video capture device, USB Instant DVD for Mac. While DVD creation was once limited to the latest model Power Mac G4's with Apple Superdrive and iDVD software, USB Instant DVD for Mac provides similar features and benefits to older Power Mac G3s and G4s. With USB Instant DVD, users can record their home movies in full-resolution DVD-quality video, then author on DVD or CD-Recordable discs to share with family and friends. Available now and priced at about $399, the external USB 1.1 device enables even inexperienced users to transfer videos from any analog or S-VHS source such as VHS tapes, camcorders, or DVD players to their Mac. USB Instant DVD for Macs utilizes hardware-based MPEG-2 compression (the same format used in DVD movies) for smooth video at full 720x480 NTSC (720x576 PAL) resolution and stereo sound. Because the MPEG-2 encoding is done on-the-fly, render time is eliminated and the process can be done in a relatively short amount of time. The captured video can be trimmed, authored and burned to a CD or DVD recordable disc with bundled software from Pixela and a (not included) CD or DVD recorder. Captured MPEG-2 video also can be exported to DVD Studio Pro (not included).

(http://www.adstech.com)

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MPEG LA Releases MPEG-4 Visual Patent Portfolio License

MPEG LA has announced the availability of the MPEG-4 Visual Patent Portfolio License. According to MPEG LA, the MPEG-4 Visual Patent Portfolio License provides fair, reasonable, nondiscriminatory access under a single license to essential MPEG-4 Visual intellectual property owned by many patent holders. The License includes essential patents owned by Canon Inc.; Curitel Communications, Inc.; France Telecom, societe anonyme; Fujitsu Limited; GE Technology Development, Inc.; General Instrument Corporation; Hitachi, Ltd.; KDDI Corporation; Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.; Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.; Microsoft Corporation; Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Oki Electric Industry Co.; Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.; SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.; Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha; Sony Corporation; Telenor Communication II AS; Toshiba Corporation; and Victor Company of Japan, Limited.

(http://www.mpegla.com), (http://www.1394la.com), (http://www.dvbla.com)

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