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December 28, 2004

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RIDATA Brand from Advanced Media Now Certified as an Authorized Primera Media Partner
Sony Announces AccCORE Technology for Enhanced Accuracy in DVD Recording
FalconStor Software and Next IT Inc. Expand Existing OEM Partnership
Harman Multimedia Announced JBL Encounter 2.1
TEAC America Introduces USB 2.0 TV Tuner/PVR
Doss Launches AD-1200J Plus Home-Theater-In-A-Box
Traxdata Launches RS-MMC and miniSD Pro

RIDATA Brand from Advanced Media Now Certified as an Authorized Primera Media Partner

Primera Technology has certified Advanced Media, Inc. (RITEK USA) and its RIDATA brand of printable DVD±R media as a certified media partner, and will be demonstrating the use of RIDATA discs with the Bravo II Disc Publisher and Signature Z6 CD/DVD Printer from Primera at CES 2005.

The RIDATA inkjet printable DVD+/-R disc has a 4.7GB capacity and is available in 4X or 8X speeds, featuring a specially formulated white printable surface. Primera's Bravo II and BravoPro Disc Publishers are CD/DVD duplication and printing systems that feature 4800dpi capability, USB 2.0 functionality, and AccuDisc Technology. Bravo II is designed for hands-free, automatic production of up to 50 CDs or DVDs. BravoPro is a two-drive system with 100-disc capacity. The Primera Signature Z6 CD/DVD printer offers six-color printing for photo-quality output. It is designed to produce more natural-looking photos, brighter and more vibrant colors, as well as more gradual smoothing of shades and gradations.

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Sony Announces AccCORE Technology for Enhanced Accuracy in DVD Recording

Sony Electronics has introduced AccuCORE technology for DVD recording, and claims it will deliver enhanced recording accuracy, compatibility, and reliability. Sony's new 16X DVD-R and DVD+R media will be the first Sony products to feature AccuCORE, which will subsequently be applied to the company's line of 8X DVD media.

Sony says AccuCORE technology will deliver wider playback compatibility, faster addressing of the DVD-R format in high-speed dubbing and time-shift playback applications, more stable disc writing through reduced disc vibrations at high speeds, greater temperature adaptability for optimal performance during extended burning processes, and improved archival reliability for long-term storage.

AccuCORE technology will be implemented across all Sony recordable DVD media in January. The key-shaped "AccuCORE" emblem will be found on product packaging, product catalogues and in-store display materials. 16X DVD±R discs with AccuCORE technology will be available in February. Both will have a suggested retail price of $1.69 per disc or $16.99 for a package of 10 discs.

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FalconStor Software and Next IT Inc. Expand Existing OEM Partnership

FalconStor Software, Inc., a developer of network storage software solutions, has announced that the company has expanded its existing OEM relationship with Next IT, an IT solutions integrator in Japan, to incorporate FalconStor's iSCSI Storage Server for Windows Storage Server 2003 into Next IT's new Z-BYS STEALTH line of storage appliances.

Since early 2003, Next IT has been incorporating FalconStor's IPStor enterprise-level software into its line of Z-BYS servers, to centralize storage management and maximize data availability. Next IT created the Z-BYS STEALTH product line for the small to mid-sized market.

In addition to centralized disk-capacity provisioning, the Z-BYS STEALTH server enables Windows Storage Server 2003 to offer SAN-based snapshot, delta replication and backup and restore services to application hosts attached to an IP/iSCSI network. The solution also offers mirroring and cluster services, which enable continuous operation during a planned or unplanned outage.

The Z-BYS STEALTH server also offers high-speed real time backup and quick recovery of data, according to FalconStor, as well as automatic compression and movement of data according to policy for information life cycle management, and minimizing of TCO for storage management of departments in an enterprise, small, or medium storage environment. Next IT also provides professional services and 24-hour support for its Z-BYS STEALTH system.

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Harman Multimedia Announced JBL Encounter 2.1

Harman Multimedia, a provider of audio products for desktop computers, laptop computers and digital music players, has announced the introduction of JBL Encounter, a new subwoofer with satellites sound system. The spaceship-like subwoofer uses Magnum technology and its alienesque satellites use Odyssey speakers and are compatible with any digital music player, personal CD player, laptop, or desktop computer, according to Harman.

The JBL Encounter 2.1 system includes two 13-watt Odyssey satellite speakers backed by a 34-watt Magnum subwoofer. JBL Encounter employs touch volume controls and remembers the volume setting in use when the system was last shut down. The JBL Encounter 2.1 audio system also utilizes a special interconnect technology for user control over volume, treble, and subwoofer levels with a minimum of desktop clutter, Harman says. Suggested retail price is $199.95. JBL Encounter will be available in early January online at and at quality retailers nationwide.

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TEAC America Introduces USB 2.0 TV Tuner/PVR

TEAC a manufacturer of CD/DVD duplicators and recorders, internal and USB floppy drives, and USB Flash drives, has announced the launch of its new USB 2.0 TV Tuner / PVR. TEAC's TV Tuner is the smallest video capture USB 2.0 device available. It allows customers to watch, capture, and record TV/CATV, VCR, DVD, or camcorder programs on their PC, and then burn them to VCD, SVCD, or DVD with their CD or DVD burners. The device is bus-powered and therefore no AC Adapter or batteries are required.

TEAC TV Tuner enables video and television viewing from a notebook or desktop PC. It turns a notebook into a portable TV. TEAC's TV Tuner can support multiple video inputs, including S-Video, Composite Video, and Coaxial/Antenna TV connector. It is also a DVD-quality TV/Video recorder, according to TEAC. With TEAC's TV Tuner, users can create video or slideshow discs through a user-friendly process and specific task-oriented features. The video could also be enhanced by adding transition effects, text, audio, and interactive menus. TEAC's TV Tuner comes with a software suite for time-shift, video-encoding and DVD-Video/VCD authoring. It also comes with a handheld remote control.

TEAC's TV Tuner, TVTUNER/KIT is available in retail packaging and will be available from January 1st, 2005.

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Doss Launches AD-1200J Plus Home-Theater-In-A-Box

Doss has launched the AD-1200J Plus, a new home theater system that costs less than $199, in the the U.S. consumer market. China-based Doss designs and manufactures speakers, speaker systems and home-theater-in-a-box systems for sale under its own brand name, and custom-builds products within short R&D cycles for OEM customers around the world. The company operates in the United States as Aspire Digital.

The AD-1200J Plus boasts a slant-top vertical black on silver design and includes a high-performance surround sound speaker set with a powered subwoofer, two front and two rear tower speakers, and a center speaker, according to DOSS. Each tower speaker is capable of handling 25 watts RMS per channel (impedance: 8 ohms, speaker frequency response: 200Hz-20kHz).

The 100-watt powered subwoofer (impedance 8 ohms, speaker frequency response: 38Hz-300Hz) powers the entire speakers system and provides 5.1 Dolby digital audio output directly from the DVD player. Remote controls and speaker cables are included. The system includes a DVD player that supports DVD, CD, CD-R/RW, CD+G, JPEG, MP3, and Kodak Picture CD. Progressive Scan, Dolby 5.1 audio output, Dolby Digital AC-3 decoder and DTS digital audio output are also supported. Parental lock settings and 4:3/16:9 display conversion are standard, and both NTSC and PAL formats are included. Optical and coaxial outputs provide higher-speed digital processing.

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Traxdata Launches RS-MMC and miniSD Pro

Traxdata has introduced Traxdata RS-MMC and Traxdata miniSD PRO, two integrated Flash memory cards based on innovations in semiconductor technology. Traxdata miniSD PRO provides reading speeds up to 10MB per second and writing speeds up to 8MB per second. It also provides cryptographic security to protect copyrighted data. Traxdata RS-MMC and Traxdata miniSD PRO also feature low power consumption and do not require power to retain data stored. The compact cards are designed for use in portable devices such as digital cameras, MP3 Walkman, PDAs, and Smart Phones.

Both series, Traxdata RS-MMC and Traxdata miniSD PRO, will be soon available in capacities of 128MB, 256MB, and 512 MB. Prices will vary depending on storage capacity.

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