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January 10, 2003

Table of Contents

Apple Introduces Final Cut Express, iLife and 17-inch Notebook at MacWorld
1394 Trade Association Applauds New FireWire 800 Products
Supreme Court Stay Withdrawn in DVD Case
MicronPC Ships Serial ATA-equipped PC
Hitachi Puts 4GB on One-Inch Hard Disk
Pacific Digital Introduces 12X DVD-ROM/32X CD-R Combo Drive
EZQuest Debuts Cobra+ 200GB FireWire Hard Drive
LSI Logic Introduces Single-Chip HDD and DVD Recording Processor
Pinnacle Systems Acquires Steinberg Media Technologies
Norcent Introduces TFT-LCD Monitors at CES

Apple Introduces Final Cut Express, iLife and 17-inch Notebook at MacWorld

Apple CEO Steve Jobs' January 8 MacWorld keynote featured several digital video product announcements, including Final Cut Express and iLife. Based on Final Cut Pro and optimized for the DV format, Final Cut Express includes all the key features video editors need, such as the same interface and workflow as Final Cut Pro, powerful video editing tools, hundreds of special effects and easy delivery to DVD, web or tape.Video editors can use Final Cut Express to capture, manage and edit digital video; apply transitions, filters and effects in real-time; create titles, composite layers, and produce high-quality graphics and animations; and perform color correction. Final Cut Express projects can be exported for use in iDVD or DVD Studio Pro, saved back to tape, or exported to any QuickTime format, including MPEG-4. Final Cut Express projects can be directly loaded into Final Cut Pro, Apple's nonlinear editing system that supports the entire range of professional editing formats—DV, SD and HD. Final Cut Pro also features a full set of real-time color correction tools, an integrated high-capacity offline format and seamlessly integrated editing, compositing and effects tools for an unparalleled media creation workflow.  Final Cut Express is available through Apple for $299.

Apple also introduced iLife™, an integrated suite of Apple's industry-leading digital lifestyle applications, featuring brand new versions of iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD, and the recently-released iTunes 3. iLife is the only integrated suite to include all of the four applications required for today's "digital lifestyle"—digital music, photography, moviemaking and DVD creation—and is the first product to offer the benefits of seamlessly integrating them. Users can now select music from their iTunes library to use in their iPhoto slideshows, movies or DVD menus from directly within iPhoto 2, iMovie 3 or iDVD 3—without interrupting the creative process by having to switch back and forth between applications. iMovie 3 features pro-quality special effects, including the new "Ken Burns" effect for adding emotionally powerful motion to still photos; powerful new audio editing tools and blockbuster sound effects from Skywalker Sound's seven-time Academy Award winner Gary Rydstrom; pro-quality special video effects such as Aged Film, Letterbox and Earthquake; and the ability to add chapter markers to movies for DVD navigation and scene selection. iDVD 3 includes 24 new pro-quality, Apple-designed, customizable DVD menu themes; automatically created DVD scene selection menus from iMovie chapter markers; and the ability to personalize iDVD 3 themes with personal photos, music and movies using iDVD Drop Zones. The iLife applications will be included with all new Macintosh computers. On January 25, iPhoto 2 and iMovie 3 will be available for free download, and the iLife retail package with a single installer for all four applications will be available January 25 at the Apple Store for $49

(http://www.apple.com)

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1394 Trade Association Applauds New FireWire 800 Products

Leaders of the 1394 Trade Association praised the arrival at MacWorld of the first computer and storage products built with the new ultra high speed FireWire 800 multimedia bus. Product announcements at the annual MacWorld Conference in San Francisco came from Apple Computer, with its new Powerbook G4, with its 17-inch display and FireWire 800; Maxtor Corp., with its new 200GB FireWire 800 concept hard drive; and LaCie, with its new line of desktop d2 FireWire 800 drives, ranging from 200GB to 500 GB.  All the new FireWire 800 products are based on the `b' version of the IEEE 1394 multimedia standard, developed by the 1394 Trade Association. 1394b delivers speeds starting at 800 megabits/second, scalable to 1.6 Gigabits/second, then to 3.2 Gigabits/second. It also extends the distance that FireWire-equipped devices can send video and audio to more than 100 meters over CAT-5, plastic fiber and other media.

(http://www.1394ta.org)

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Supreme Court Stay Withdrawn in DVD Case

Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on Friday threw out an emergency stay that barred the former Web master of 2600.com from putting the DeCSS DVD decryption program on the Internet. O'Connor had imposed the stay last week, at the urging of a group that licenses software to film studios to block the illegal copying of DVDs. New York attorney Jeffrey Kessler said the association fears that Matthew Pavlovich will repost programs that help people duplicate movies for free. Pavlovich's lawyer said that he has no plans to do that and argued to O'Connor in filings that the stay was unnecessary because decryption programs are already available on hundreds of other Web sites and that they've been printed in magazines and newspapers. The DVD industry has been aggressively trying to stop illegal movie copying, which it says costs the industry billions of dollars. O'Connor's decision was the latest development in a running dispute between the California-based DVD Copy Control Association and Pavlovich. The association sued Pavlovich in California when codes that help people copy DVDs were posted on his Web site in 1999. He was a college student in Indiana at the time. A ruling by the California Supreme Court, in Pavlovich's favor, makes it harder for the movie industry to pursue people who use the Internet to share copyrighted material. The court said because Pavlovich does not live in California and his Web site was not based there, he cannot be sued in California courts. A lower-court judge had issued an order that prohibited Pavlovich from putting DVD copying programs on the Web; the California Supreme Court decision nullified that prohibition. The DVD industry persuaded O'Connor to issue a temporary stay last week and said it planned to appeal the state court decision. Kessler said Friday that the group may reconsider an appeal, because of O'Connor's action. In dissolving the stay, O'Connor did not comment on the merits of the case.

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MicronPC Ships Serial ATA-equipped PC

MicronPC is shipping one of the world's first PCs to feature Serial ATA hard drive technology--a faster, simpler, more intelligent technology that replaces the Parallel ATA hard drive interface. MPC's Millennia 910i desktop employs the industry's first PC hard drive with a native Serial ATA architecture:  the Seagate Barracuda ATA V, featuring 7,200rpm spin speed and an 8MB onboard cache. Offering up to 120GB of Seagate Serial ATA storage, the Millenia 910i can be configured with up to two Seagate hard drives for Serial ATA RAID 1, 0 (Redundant Array of Independent Discs), which provides customers with either increased performance and storage capacity, or redundant protection of the user's data. Seagate Serial ATA architecture allows for faster PC hard drives, with intelligent data handling and point-to-point connections that eliminate device bus sharing that can increase overhead and reduce performance. With 150MB/sec external burst transfers today, Serial ATA drives and RAID systems are up to 50 percent faster than the previous standard. Serial ATA also provides performance scalability to enable faster transfer speeds into the future. The Millennia 910i is available in the Professional, Creative Studio and Xtreme Series.

(http://www.micronpc.com), (http://www.seagate.com)

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Hitachi Puts 4GB on One-Inch Hard Disk

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has announced plans to squeeze four gigabytes of data onto the one-inch Microdrive, which the company calls "the world's smallest hard drive." The 4GB Microdrive is expected to be available in the fall 2003. The new drive will use ultra-miniaturized components, including a new read-write head that is half the size of its predecessor and results in a 40% decrease in the height at which the head travels above the disk platter. Hitachi engineers have also increased the tracks per inch to accommodate the Microdrive's areal density of more than 60 billion bits of data per square inch. This areal density required mechanical tolerances and accuracies to be significantly tighter in order to maintain the Microdrive's data integrity and reliability.
state data storage products available today. The 4GB Microdrive is designed to the CompactFlash Type II industry standard. HP and Eastman-Kodak are among the industry-leading companies that are evaluating the 4GB Microdrive. The new Microdrive is expected to broaden the variety and complexity of applications that can be run on handheld appliances and other consumer electronic devices. Hitachi currently offers the Microdrive in capacities ranging from 340MB to 1GB. The 4GB Microdrive is expected to be available in the Fall of 2003. Pricing will be announced later this year.

(http://www.hgst.com)

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Pacific Digital Introduces 12X DVD-ROM/32X CD-R Combo Drive

Pacific Digital Corporation's new DVD-Combo Drive lets PC users watch DVD movies, make video CDs, create music CDs, and store data. The internal drive combines a 12X DVD player and a fast 32x10x40 CD-R/RW drive for recording and rewriting data and audio files. The drive ships with Win DVD 4.0 for software DVD ploayback, and Nero Express for CD recording. The drive has full Dolby surround-sound support and includes a wide range of playback features. The Pacific Digital DVD-Combo Drive is available now at an MSRP of $129.99.

(http://www.pacificdigital.com)

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EZQuest Debuts Cobra+ 200GB FireWire Hard Drive

EZQuest introduced its Cobra+ 200GB, 7200RPM FireWire hard drive at MacWorld Expo. The Cobra+ 200GB drive is stackable and ships with Intech Hard Disk Speed Tools RAID level-0 striping software for Macs. It is also compatible with the striping software that comes with Windows 2000 and XP. The drive is housed in a light-gray, streamlined case that is fully shielded with 0.6 metal. In addition to its rotational speed of 7200RPM, Cobra+ features an average seek time of 8.9ms and a burst transfer rate of 35MB/sec. It includes a built-in universal auto-switching power supply, a cable and software. Cobra+ is compatible with both Mac OS 8.6 and WIN 98SE, as well as later Mac and Windows versions. It comes with a two-year warranty and is priced at $439 MSRP.  Cobra+ FireWire hard drives are also available in 40GB, 60GB, 80GB, 100GB, and 120GB configurations.

(http://www.ezq.com)

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LSI Logic Introduces Single-Chip HDD and DVD Recording Processor

LSI Logic Corporation has announced its first single-chip hard disk drive(HDD) and DVD recording processor, the DiMeNsion 8650 (DMN-8650), for use in dual-drive digital recorders. The new processor enables the time-shifting of live TV, enhanced archiving to DVD discs, and full support for DV camcorders. The new solution was demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Scottsdale, Arizona market research firm In-Stat/MDR expects that HDD/DVD combination units to be a major segment of the consumer electronics market worldwide, with the number of units
shipped exceeding 15.5 million by 2005. Integrating the core digital processing of a dual-drive recorder system, the DMN-8650 enables the concurrent recording and playback on both HDD and DVD. With this capability, consumers can record their favorite TV programs to the HDD while viewing a DVD; time-shift live broadcasts while copying, uninterrupted, another program to a DVD disc; and record from the HDD to a DVD disc, optimizing speed, video quality and storage space. LSI Logic's proprietary pre- and post-processing technologies, TrueView Pro and TrueScan Pro, are designed to produce high-quality video for display or recording purposes. These motion compensation-based technologies provide progressive scan output and noise-handling on analog inputs. The DMN-8650 is the latest addition to the LSI Logic DiMeNsion family of consumer recordable products and is based upon the company's system-on-a-chip (SoC) DoMiNo architecture. The DMN-8650 features a dual-150MIPS RISC architecture and integrated MPEG-2 and DV codecs, audio DSP, storage, and Fire Wire (IEEE1394) interfaces, and 2D-graphics engine with DVD sub-picture decode and a 32-bit RGBA. In addition, the DMN-8650 is software-compatible with the LSI Logic DMN-8600 DVD recorder system processor. The LSI Logic DMN-8650 HDD/DVD recorder processor is currently available for sampling to qualified customers with production quantities planned for the second quarter of 2003. Pricing is $29 in volume quantities.

(http://www.lsilogic.com)

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Pinnacle Systems Acquires Steinberg Media Technologies

Pinnacle Systems, Inc.  acquired Steinberg Media Technologies AG based in Hamburg, Germany on January 3, 2003. As previously announced, the companies had entered into a definitive agreement on December 18, 2002. Steinberg specializes in digital audio software solutions for consumers and professionals.

(http://www.pinnaclesys.com)

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Norcent Introduces TFT-LCD Monitors at CES

Norcent Technology, Inc., a marketer of home entertainment, computer, and memory products, introduced two LCD monitors and an LCD television at CES. The 14", 15", 17" and 20" monitors feature a TFT active matrix display screen, while the 15" (diag.) TV has a high-resolution panel that offers over two times more pixels than standard LCD televisions. The models are part of 15 new product introductions Norcent is making at this year's show. Both units feature XGA resolution (1024x768), a contrast ratio of 350:1, and no electromagnetic wave emission, assuring no signal distortion and no harmful radiation is released, according to Norcent. Each comes with built-in stereo speakers and OSD digital control for all functions. Optional features include composite video and S-video inputs, USB connection, and TV tuner. Both sizes are available in pearl gray, beige, or black/silver. A flat stand with flip-down capabilities is included. The 2.2" deep, HDTV-compatible unit features true surround sound capability; dynamic cinema scanning; both 3D edge filtering and 3D comb filter, which add to picture clarity; sleep timer; and power-saving technology. It includes inputs for composite video, component video, S-video, D-sub, and PC audio.

(http://www.norcent.net)

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