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February 04, 2005

Table of Contents

Analog Devices Announces Network-Enabled Blackfin Processors for Next-Generation Applications
NanoOpto Introduces New Wideband Achromatic Waveplate
LightScribe Integrated into Nero 6 software
Alienware Unveils MJ-12m 7700 Mobile Workstation
Microsoft Announces Interoperability and Licensing Agreement with Macrovision
Leitch Announces VelocityHD Competitive Upgrade Promotion
Nexsan Releases the ATABeast/HA Storage Array
Front Porch Digital Announces Release of DIVArchive 5.7

Analog Devices Announces Network-Enabled Blackfin Processors for Next-Generation Applications

Analog Devices, Inc., a provider of high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, announced the availability of four new network-enabled Blackfin Processors designed for embedded audio, video and communications applications. These offerings extend scalability, portability, and connectivity to embedded products.

Blackfin combines audio and video processing capabilities of digital signal and media processors with embedded 16/32-bit microprocessors. The newly available ADSP-BF534, BF536, and BF537 processors and the BF566eM30 eMedia Platform are integrated system-on-chip solutions for embedded, network-connected applications.

Designed specifically for IP set-top boxes, the Blackfin BF566eM30 allows IP TV service providers to equip their set-top boxes to support advanced codecs such as H.264 and VC1.

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NanoOpto Introduces New Wideband Achromatic Waveplate

NanoOpto Corporation, a designer of proprietary nano-fabrication technology, announced the general availability of the SubWave AQWP650+, an achromatic quarter waveplate for DVD/CD read/write combination drives. The SubWave AQWP650+ uses a proprietary nano-structure-based design to provide true zero-order performance across a broad wavelength range.

The SubWave AQWP650+ delivers improved performance for DVD/CD combination drives by virtue of its flat response to wavelength. Because the SubWave AQWP650+ uses only dielectrics in its composition, the likelihood of optical drive failure under both repeated use and in mobile applications can be reduced.

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LightScribe Integrated into Nero 6 software

Nero, a developer of digital media technology, announced that it has partnered with LightScribe to bring the Direct Disc Labeling technology to Nero's community of users.

LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling is a new technology that allows users to burn professional, silkscreen-quality labels on their CDs and DVDs. After burning their data, users can flip the disc over and reinsert it into the drive to burn an iridescent label onto the disc. The same laser that burns their data can add their desired text and graphics.

The LightScribe technology uses the optical drive's existing laser to deliver precisely controlled light energy to the disc through a circular writing system. Where the energy focuses on the disc, a visible chemical change occurs in the dye coating. The result is a high-resolution reproduction of artwork, text, or photos.

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Alienware Unveils MJ-12m 7700 Mobile Workstation

Alienware, a manufacturer of high-performance desktop, notebook, and professional systems, announces the launch of the mobile workstation. The workstation is targeted at recording professionals, video production engineers, content creators, and computer-automated professionals.

The MJ-12m 7700 offers applications in 3D animation, architectural design, visual effects, post-production, and sound engineering. Intel Pentium 4 desktop processors and the NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800 power the workstation.

System Features Include:

· PCI-Express Technology
· Multimedia entertainment mobile system
· 17" inch Widescreen XGA or SXGA+ Entertainment LCD
· Integrated Mobile Audio with Digital out · User-Removable GFX module
· Dual-channel DDR2 memory support
· Dual Hard drives with RAID 0 or 1 support
· Dual Optical drive slots
· 7 in 1 Media card reader
· Built-in instant-on AudioDJ with Mp3 support

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Microsoft Announces Interoperability and Licensing Agreement with Macrovision

Macrovision Corporation announced it is working with Microsoft to provide support for interoperability between Microsoft Windows Media DRM and Macrovision's copy management solution. The agreement allows entertainment content owners to maintain rights protection on PCs, digital video recorders, and portable media devices. Under the agreement, Microsoft's Windows Media DRM technologies will "recognize" the Macrovision signals, enabling temporary storage on digital devices of Macrovision-protected content received via analog interfaces.

Microsoft has also licensed and received certain rights to Macrovision's intellectual property (IP). Covered Macrovision technologies include Macrovision's original analog copy protection (ACP), video-on-demand and pay-per-view (ACPe) applications, and other rights signaling technologies.

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Leitch Announces VelocityHD Competitive Upgrade Promotion

Between January 17, 2005, and April 30, 2005, registered owners of any other non-linear editing system can purchase VelocityHD at special discounted pricing with the VelocityHD Competitive Upgrade Program. Users can keep their existing product, with no trade-in required. Registered users of Leitch's own Velocity and VelocityQ standard-definition non-linear editing systems are eligible for the same discounts.

VelocityHD combines the Altitude hardware platform with an upgraded version of the Velocity software interface. VelocityHD features full-quality HD playback of two video streams, two dynamic graphics streams, true dual-stream real-time HD transitions and effects, and optional 3D effects with the A3DX DVE daughtercard. VelocityHD supports 1080i, 1080PsF and 720p frame formats at all common frame rates, with mixable compressed and uncompressed video, and multi-stream standard-definition editing performance.

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Nexsan Releases the ATABeast/HA Storage Array

Nexsan Technologies, a developer of storage solutions, announced the release of the ATABeast/HA, a storage array that provides compact multi-terabyte disk storage for enterprise-class applications.

Designed to deliver availability and IOPS performance for disk-to-disk enterprise backup, large secondary storage pools, and on-demand rich media archive solutions, the ATABeast/HA features fully redundant components with hot-swap capabilities.

ATABeast/HA includes dual active-active ATA RAID controllers. Each RAID controller is configured with dual 2 Gigabit Fibre Channel or Ultra160 SCSI host ports. Each individual ATABeast/HA module supports internal capacity scaling and each component can be hot-swapped individually. 

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Front Porch Digital Announces Release of DIVArchive 5.7

Incentra Solutions, Inc. announced that its Front Porch Digital Broadcast and Media Division released the latest version of Distributed Intelligent Versatile Archive (DIVArchive) software.

DIVArchive is a middleware solution enabling interoperability between multiple tiers of storage devices, video servers, editing systems, and digital asset workflow applications.

Included in DIVA 5.7 are the following features:

· Expanded integration of non-linear editing systems
· Tape Import/Export
· MetaSource Support
· DIVA Storage Plan Manager Configuration
· New Object Copy

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