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March 25, 2005

Table of Contents

Targus Introduces Universal USB Docking Station
New Digital Delivery Services Won’t Replace DVD, Says In-Stat
Eovia Ships VectorStyle 2
Canon Introduces Two New Multimedia LCD Projectors
Disc Makers Announces Price Drops on Reflex DVD Duplicators
DVD Sales to Lead Electronic Entertainment Growth in Europe
Epson Expands Line of Sub-Four-Pound 3LCD Projectors
InPhase to Demo Holographic Data Storage Drive at NAB

Targus Introduces Universal USB Docking Station

Targus Inc. has announced its Universal Notebook Docking Station with Video for notebooks or Tablet PCs. Targus' latest mobile computing docking innovation is the first USB-based docking station with true video output capabilities, stereo audio out, and two "always on" USB ports, allowing users to power peripheral devices such as phones and MP3 players while the laptop is in standby or shut-down mode.

The true video output capability of Targus' Universal Docking Station with Video allows users to connect a CRT monitor or LCD screen directly to the docking station without the hassle of an additional cable connection. Once connected to a monitor, Targus' docking station allows for three viewing modes: Primary Video Mode uses an external monitor or LCD as a primary display; Extended Video Mode allows both the notebook screen and external monitor to be used for combined viewing and a larger overall desktop area; and Mirror Video Mode replicates the notebook screen onto an external monitor or LCD.

The One Touch connectivity option allows users to connect their notebook via USB cable to the docking station and immediately have access to up to nine different devices. The docking station includes the following ports: four Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports, a video monitor port, 10/100 Base-T Ethernet, serial port, stereo audio out jack and microphone audio in jack. The One Touch feature minimizes the time users need to prepare their work area and can function with any notebook platform with a USB 2.0 port. Targus' Universal Notebook Docking Station with Video is currently available for a suggested retail price of $149.99 and includes a limited one-year warranty.

www.targus.com

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New Digital Delivery Services Won’t Replace DVD, Says In-Stat

New digital delivery services are not likely to supplant the DVD business, but rather bring digital entertainment to people by adding either convenience or accessibility that complements what the "Packaged Goods" can provide, reports In-Stat. More consumers want instant access to video on their TV sets, portable devices, and cell phone handsets, but DVDs will continue to be a popular medium and will continue to experience substantial growth. The worldwide value of all published DVD products is expected to grow with a compound annual growth rate of 18.2%, from about $33 billion during 2004, up to $76.5 billion by 2009, the high-tech market research firm says.

In-Stat also found the following:
• Point-of-sale systems, like those from Rimage, will be connected to secure networks that are already in place to support digital signage applications. These kiosks will be used to "burn" DVD discs on command, making it possible for book stores, airport shops, coffee sellers, convenience markets, and other retailers to sell DVDs without maintaining large inventories, while providing huge convenience to consumers.
• Outside of North America, Blu-Ray discs will become the dominant high-definition format, because it is backed by the "who's who" of international consumer electronics manufacturers, and ultimately provides more storage capacity and better features.
• Professional quality DVD authoring packages are becoming widely available, which will increase the market for locally produced DVDs with all kinds of "content" from local movies, musical groups, churches, museums, businesses, and regional video producers.
• By 2009, nearly 55% of all TV households will be connected to at least one of the non-traditional network delivery systems such as cable TV, satellite networks, digital terrestrial TV or broadband TV service.

The report, "Worldwide Electronic Entertainment: Packaged Goods Value And Network-Connected Households" (#IN0501914CM), examines the worldwide market for consumer-oriented digital video entertainment. The report provides in-depth discussion and analysis of five trends that are shaping the DVD industry, and three trends that are shaping network-connected TV services. It contains forecasts for the regional and worldwide value of DVD markets broken out by standard DVDs, Blu-Ray DVDs, HD DVDs and music and locally produced DVDs. It also includes forecasts for the number of TV households in four regions that will be connected to traditional, over-the-air broadcast TV, cable TV, pay-TV satellite services, digital terrestrial TV and broadband (IP-TV) video services. For more information on this report, please visit: http://www.instat.com/catalog/Ccatalogue.asp?id=212 or contact Erin McKeighan at 480-609-4551; emckeighan@reedbusiness.com. The report price is $2,995.

www.in-stat.com 

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Eovia Ships VectorStyle 2

Eovia, a developer and publisher of leading 3D animation, modeling and rendering software, today announces the release of the Eovia VectorStyle 2 plug-in. VectorStyle 2 allows Eovia Carrara 4 users to render 3D scenes as high-quality, scaleable, low bandwidth vector animations for use in print, on the Web, and more.

New features include dramatically improved rendering including shadows from multiple light sources, reflections, transparency and much more. VectorStyle 2, driven by Eovia's new EoVEC Technology, can be combined with Carrara 4 Pro or Standard to produce images and motion files in output formats including Macromedia Flash (SWF), Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), Adobe Illustrator (AI), and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG).

The VectorStyle 2 plug-in is compatible with Carrara 4 Standard and Pro versions and is available immediately as an electronic download through the Eovia webstore (www.eovia.com/purchase/webstore.asp). Eovia VectorStyle 2 is priced at $129 USD for the full version, upgrade for $39 USD.

www.eovia.com

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Canon Introduces Two New Multimedia LCD Projectors

Whether presenting to a conference room of businesspeople or a classroom of students, both projectors feature Genuine Canon Optics, and unique benefits that meet a wide range of needs. The LV-7230 model includes a 1.6x optical zoom lens that can display a dramatic 100-inch diagonal image from only 8.2 feet away, making it ideal for presenting to groups in small spaces; the LV-S4 projector combines a compact, lightweight housing with an exceptionally affordable price.

The new LV-7230 projector weighs 6.4 pounds, features 2000 ANSI Lumens and delivers native XGA resolution image quality. The LV-S4 weighs 5.l pounds, features 1500 ANSI Lumens and delivers SVGA resolution images. The LV-7230 model boasts a 380:1 contrast ratio and a low 34dB operating noise level in Silent Mode, while the LV-S4 offers a contrast ratio of 300:1 and an impressive 33dB noise level. Regarding image uniformity, the LV-S4 offers 85% while the LV-7230 offers 90%. Both projectors feature a digital keystone adjustment of +/-20 degrees (vertical), progressive-scan circuitry that converts a 480i (NTSC) or 575i (PAL) signal to progressive display using 2:3 pulldown for improved image quality when projecting film-originated DVDs or TV content, and a customizable logo display that lets users display their favorite image, company, or school logo on the start-up screen.

The LV-7230 and LV-S4 projectors can be connected to a Canon camcorder or digital camera, as well as a laptop, DVD player, VCR, or other devices, which provides users with the ability to create high-impact presentations in any environment. Both models include a VGA output terminal for sending a signal to a computer monitor. The two projectors are also equipped with a wireless remote control, user-friendly on-screen display menu, and the LV-7230 even includes a USB mouse control that enhances operation function and ease. A pin code and key lock function, available on both models, prevents unauthorized users from accessing the projector.

The Canon LV-7230 projector, available in April, has a suggested list price of $2,299; the LV-S4 projector, available in May, has a suggested list price of $1399.

www.usa.canon.com 

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Disc Makers Announces Price Drops on Reflex DVD Duplicators

Disc Makers, a leading manufacturer of CD and DVD duplication hardware, has announced that prices for their Reflex DVD tower duplicators have been reduced significantly to make them more affordable for smaller recording, production, and post-production studios, as well as churches, offices, and schools.

The new prices include:
• ReflexMax1 one-drive16x DVD±R/48x CD-R - $390 (was $490)
• ReflexMax4 - four-drive16x DVD±R/48x CD-R - $990 (was $1,290)
• ReflexMax7 - seven-drive 16xDVD±R/48x CD-R - $1,490 (was $1,790)
• ReflexUltra - seven-drive16x DVD±R/48x CD-R - $1,090 (was $1,290)

www.discmakers.com

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DVD Sales to Lead Electronic Entertainment Growth in Europe

Research and Markets has announced the addition of "Electronic Entertainment Major Markets In Europe" to their report offerings. The "big change" coming to the market for consumer-oriented digital electronic entertainment throughout the world is the uptake of non- traditional TV delivery services and the tremendous growth of the DVD-based "packaged goods" business.

New digital delivery services are not likely to supplant the DVD business, but rather bring digital entertainment to people by adding either convenience or accessibility that complement what the "packaged goods" can provide. Eventually, much of today's digital video entertainment will be available on cell phones, but in the meantime, it's instructive to look at how a basic parameter (TV households) is becoming more accepting of alternative delivery systems.

We believe that there are about 120 million TV households in the top five major European markets, and about 51% get their TV services from Cable, Satellite, Digital Terrestrial or Broadband TV services. Sales and rentals of DVD "packaged goods" will be the key growth driver for electronic entertainment in the five largest European countries, with locally-produced content representing the fastest growing DVD segment.

www.researchandmarkets.com

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Epson Expands Line of Sub-Four-Pound 3LCD Projectors

Epson is offering two new XGA resolution Commuter Series models with the Epson PowerLite 732c (3.8 pounds) and the wireless/PC-free PowerLite 737c (3.9 pounds). Both models achieve brightness ratings up to 2,000-ANSI lumens, while maintaining sleek, travel-friendly designs (7.6"D x 10.9"W x 2.7"H) that are not only slim and compact enough to carry in most briefcases or shoulder bags, but also include several connectivity options and quick and easy setup/shutdown capabilities.

The PowerLite 737c takes advantage of 802.11g internal WiFi technology, enabling users to upload or run presentations wirelessly at frame rates up to two to five times faster than 802.11b. Whether transferring data via 802.11 "b" or "g," Epson's unique and proprietary algorithm allows for fast wireless streaming of video content. Like its sibling model -- the Epson PowerLite 745c -- the PowerLite 737c comes with an 802.11b/g card. These two models are the industry's only projectors to offer wireless compatibility with Apple's Keynote software and are also the only projectors of their kind to offer both LEAP-authentication and WEP/WPA for secure, encrypted wireless transmissions. Epson's proprietary firmware also gives presenters the ability to run PowerPoint presentations and MPEG-2 videos without a PC, using the projector's built-in PCMCIA and USB slots.

The PowerLite 737c and 732c offer several easy-to-use setup features that help presenters get up and running quickly. Powering on the projector requires only seven seconds of warming up before a picture appears on the screen and approximately 20 seconds to shutdown and cool off. A 1.2x optical zoom lens allows the display size to be adjusted using a remote control, and can be set to project large images from relatively short throw distances. Setup is further simplified with the inclusion of color-coded cables and a verification tone that sounds whenever the "Power On/Off" button has been selected.

The EPSON PowerLite 737c and 732c are currently available for $2,099 and $1,899 (respectively) through authorized pro audio/visual, national distribution, catalog and direct PC dealers.

www.epson.com

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InPhase to Demo Holographic Data Storage Drive at NAB

InPhase Technologies, a leader in holographic data storage systems and media, will conduct the first public demonstration of the world's first commercial prototype of a holographic data storage drive at NAB 2005. Demonstrations will be take place in Booth C8530, the Maxell Corp. booth, during NAB. Hitachi-Maxell is both a strategic investor and development partner of InPhase.

InPhase TapestryTM prototype -- originally announced at the Storage Visions conference in January, 2005 -- demonstrates the next phase in digital recording and moves holographic storage from research to commercialization. InPhase will use five separate video clips to demonstrate recording and play-back functions for the prototype. The prototype is the foundation for InPhase's family of Tapestry holographic drives, with data capacities that range from 300GB to 1.6TB on a single disk. The completion of the prototype was enabled by InPhase's development of key recording techniques and holographic media, the commercial availability of critical components, strong partnerships with leading storage innovators, and government funding.

www.inphase-tech.com

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