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February 08, 2005

Table of Contents

Pulse Digital Announces Two New Versions of DVD SelectNet
Matrox Announces Millennium P650 PCIe 128 Graphics Card
Sigma Designs Powers Sony's New Network Media Receiver
On2 Licenses Apex Datacom VP6 Codec for Video Conferencing and Web Casting
Atmel Introduces Stereo Audio Digital-to-Analog Converter
Nueros Audio Introduces New Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder
Plextor Adds MPEG-4 Capture to PVR for Macintosh Computer
Christie Introduces LX50 LCD Projector

Pulse Digital Announces Two New Versions of DVD SelectNet

Pulse Digital, a developer of automated DVD production and digital asset management (DAM) solutions, announced the release of the next version of DVD SelectNet, an automated solution for on-demand authoring and production of professional quality DVD discs. Pulse Digital is also releasing another product, DVD SelectNet SE, a single-user edition of the DVD SelectNet product.

Pulse Digital's patent-pending solutions enable organizations to assemble digital videos, images, PowerPoint presentations, and Word & PDF documents, then create customized DVDs for playback on a standard DVD player or DVD-equipped computer. DVD SelectNet also includes an integrated asset management system. 

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Matrox Announces Millennium P650 PCIe 128 Graphics Card

Matrox Graphics Inc., a manufacturer of professional graphics solutions, announced the Millennium P650 PCIe 128 graphics card, bringing advanced dual-display and image quality technologies to creative professionals. Featuring Matrox's DualHead and Dual-DVI support, the PCI Express (PCIe) 16X graphics card provides users with more room for spreading out applications.

The Millennium P650 PCIe 128, a 128MB PCIe 16X compatible graphics card, features dual 400 MHz RAMDACs with independent lookup tables. The Millennium P650 PCIe 128 also features advanced image quality and video settings, such as: UltraSharp Display Output technology, gamma correctable Dual-Hardware Overlay support, and adjustable proc-amp controls.

The Millennium P650 PCIe 128 will be available in April 2005 at a list price of $249.

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Sigma Designs Powers Sony's New Network Media Receiver

Sigma Designs, a provider of digital media processing for consumer appliances, announced that the Sony Corporation will launch its new network media receiver, the VGP-MR100, based on Sigma's EM8620L media processor. The Sony VGP-MR100 enables consumers to send files from a Sony VAIO to the TV or stereo, via home network.

The EM8620L media processor from Sigma Designs provides a single-chip solution for next generation IP video and connected media players, featuring high definition Windows Media Video 9 support. The EM8620L offers media processing functions for video decoding, audio decoding, and graphics processing based on REALmagic HD technology. For single-chip systems, it features an on-chip RISC processor, PCI-bus, IDE controller, and additional peripheral ports for supporting other subsystems.

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On2 Licenses Apex Datacom VP6 Codec for Video Conferencing and Web Casting

On2 Technologies, Inc., The Duck Corporation, announced that it has licensed its VP6 codec to Apex Datacom for their video conferencing and web casting programs. These applications are designed for global companies that need to communicate with employees around the world.

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Atmel Introduces Stereo Audio Digital-to-Analog Converter

Atmel Corporation, announced the release of its AT73C213 Audio Companion Chip for Multimedia Portable Applications. The AT73C213 integrates an audio-quality 20-bit stereo DAC and a 1W audio power amplifier. The AT73C213 is suited for applications where a high-quality audio interface is required.

The stereo DAC comprises a multi-bit sigma-delta modulator with dither, continuous time analog filters, and analog output drive circuitry. The master clock works at 256 and 384 times the sampling frequency, allowing the choice of input data rate up to 50 kHz (and standard audio rates of 48, 44.1, 32, 16 and 8 kHz).

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Nueros Audio Introduces New Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder

Neuros Audio LLC, the makers of digital audio hardware, announced the coming release of their Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder for digital video files. This set-top device provides users a way to record video files digitally and transfer those files onto a variety of digital viewing devices without the aid of a PC.

The new Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder enables users to capture content from any analog video source, including cable or satellite television, DVD players, VCRs, camcorders, and PVRs. The video content is saved as MPEG-4 video files at a quality near that of a commercial DVD. Utilizing standard compact flash or secure digital memory cards as the storage medium, customers can record an hour of fine resolution content on a 512 MB card. Users can then view the content on their TV or transfer the content onto their PC, Laptop, PDA, or portable media player.

Key Features:

· RCA cable setup that works without a PC and operates like a VCR
· Records TV, movies, and home videos from any analog video source
· MPEG-4 video format allows users to view content on their Laptop or PDA
· Variable resolution settings for maximum quality or compression
· Upgradeable firmware allows for expanded functionality in the future
· Bundled with Ulead Video ToolBox 2 Home Edition software

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Plextor Adds MPEG-4 Capture to PVR for Macintosh Computer

Plextor Corp., a developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media equipment, announced the availability of Elgato EyeTV 1.7 software for the ConvertX Personal Video Recorder for the Macintosh. EyeTV 1.7 allows users to take advantage of the ConvertX PVR's built-in MPEG-4 hardware video compression capability in addition to previously available MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 formats. Other new features of the software include an ability to search and sort recorded videos.

Plextor also announced a new $49 software upgrade that enables ConvertX PVR Mac users to install and use the device on a PC.

ConvertX PVR has a suggested retail price of $229.99.

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Christie Introduces LX50 LCD Projector

Christie, a provider of visual solutions for business, entertainment, and industry, introduced the Christie LX50, its newest network- enabled LCD projector.

The Christie LX50 projector provides 5,000 ANSI lumens and 1200:1 contrast ratio, as well as XGA native resolution with scaling for signals up to SXGA resolution and HDTV formats. The progressive scan video creates artifact-free images. The LX50's motorized zoom, focus, and lens shift with Fast Lens Change mount allows for a full range of lens options. The wireless remote operates as a wireless mouse; moreover, with optional ChristieNET, the Christie LX50 is networking-ready.

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