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May 06, 2005

Table of Contents

ATI Introduces Radeon X800 XL 512MB Graphics Board
CyberLink Announces PowerProducer 3 Encore
Panasonic Expedites Arrival of BD-ROM Title Creation
Advanced Media Introduces Two New Additions to Its White Inkjet Printable Disc Line
Sony Offers New DVD Burners With 4X DVD-R Dual Layer Recording
Apple Announces New iMac G5
CyberLink Supports Leading Video Content Protection System (VCPS)
Humax USA Releases New DVD Recorder

ATI Introduces Radeon X800 XL 512MB Graphics Board

ATI Technologies Inc. has launched its new Radeon X800 XL 512 MB graphics card, allowing users to run demanding applications at the highest image quality. Further, the introduction of 512MB graphics cards allows graphics software developers to raise the visual quality bar for their next-generation applications currently in development.

The Radeon X800 XL 512MB is currently being used by developers including BioWare; Crytek; Digital Extremes; Funcom; Gas Powered Games; Grin; id Software, Inc; Juice Games; Lionhead; NCsoft; Remedy: and Valve.

Radeon X800XL 512MB will be available in May, with an MSRP of $449.

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CyberLink Announces PowerProducer 3 Encore

CyberLink Corp., a developer of integrated solutions for the digital home, has announced the release of PowerProducer 3 Encore, an enhanced version featuring new editing tools and certification for reliable DVD authoring and burning.

PowerProducer 3 Encore builds on CyberLink's DVD authoring technologies, offering support for the latest DVD disc and burner technology, including Double Layer discs and 16x burners.

PowerProducer 3 Encore is priced at $69.95.

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Panasonic Expedites Arrival of BD-ROM Title Creation

Panasonic has announced it will start operating a pilot production line for Blu-ray Disc replication within its Torrance disc manufacturing facility. Panasonic will open a technology center for creating Blu-ray Disc titles in a Universal City-based Panasonic lab in mid-May.

The Blu-ray Disc line, which is based within the Panasonic Disc Manufacturing Corporation facility in Torrance, will begin full pilot production of single-layer BD-ROM discs by the end of May, and dual-layer BD- ROM discs in December. The company's Blu-ray Disc technology center, which will collaborate with Sonic Solutions for Blu-ray Disc authoring, is based in Panasonic Hollywood Lab in Universal City.

Visitors to the MediaTech 2005 Expo, which will be held May 10-12 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, will be able to see a presentation and video demo on the BD-ROM pilot production line at the Marubeni Disc Systems, Inc. booth.

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Advanced Media Introduces Two New Additions to Its White Inkjet Printable Disc Line

Advanced Media, Inc., manufacturer of the recordable CD and DVD media technologies, has added two more inkjet printable optical discs to its expanding lineup. The new products are a double-layer DVD+R and a 52X CD-R. Both have a white inkjet-printable top surface and the 52X CD-R prints right down to the hub.

The advanced, single-sided dual layer (DL) DVD+R disc has 8.5GB of storage capacity, enough for up to four hours of DVD-quality video, 16 hours of VHS-quality video, or over 120 hours of MP3 audio. It is compatible with all current DVD video players and DVD-ROM drives as well as new DVD+R DL drives.

Additionally, long-storage acceleration tests demonstrate that the discs are capable of providing more than 100 years of guaranteed storage. It also offers excellent light stability, conforms to the Orange book, (Part II), and provides superior UV and heat resistance.

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Sony Offers New DVD Burners With 4X DVD-R Dual Layer Recording

Sony Electronics has expanded its lineup of DVD burners with a pair of new drives that support 4X DVD-R Dual Layer (DL) recording. The internal DRU-800A and external DRX-800UL models can burn up to four hours of high-quality video or up to 8.5 GB of data, music and/or images onto a single DVD-R DL disc. In addition, the DRU-800A and DRX-800UL drives come bundled with a software package from Nero for burning and authoring home movies, creating digital scrapbooks, and backing up crucial data.

The internal DRU-800A drive comes with an ATAPI interface for easy installation inside a PC and includes a black replacement bezel for those with black-colored PC cases. The external DRX-800UL drive features a space-efficient vertical design and offers connectivity with both i.LINK and hi-speed USB (USB 2.0) digital interfaces.

The burners come bundled with award-winning Nero DVD video authoring software, as well as with DVD/CD burning software for creation of data, music, and video DVDs and CDs.

The internal DRU-800A is currently shipping for about $130, while the external DRX-800UL is expected to ship in late May for around $210.

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Apple Announces New iMac G5

Apple has unveiled a new iMac G5 line with faster 2.0 GHz PowerPC G5 processors, built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and Mac OS X version 10.4 "Tiger". The new iMac G5s also include faster graphics, a new 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support, built-in Gigabit Ethernet for faster networking, and 512MB of memory across the line. Every new iMac G5 comes with iLife ‘05, Apple's suite of digital lifestyle applications.

The iMac G5 also features a slot-load optical drive built right into a two-inch thin display. The new iMac G5 offers widescreen displays including a 20-inch model with 1680-by-1050 pixel resolution or a 17-inch model with 1440-by-900 pixel resolution. With built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless modules, users can reduce cable clutter with the optional Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Wireless Mouse.

Featuring the performance of the PowerPC G5 processor and offering up to a 667 MHz front-side bus, the new iMac G5s include 400 MHz DDR memory expandable to 2GB and storage capacity up to 400GB. All new iMac G5s offer the ATI Radeon 9600 graphics processor with 128MB of dedicated video memory to deliver high-performance graphics and effects. The new G5 also provides ultra-fast, pixel-accurate image processing when combined with the graphics capabilities of Tiger.

The new iMac G5 line is available immediately through the Apple Store, at Apple's retail stores, and Apple Authorized Resellers. The new iMac G5, is priced at $1,299.

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CyberLink Supports Leading Video Content Protection System (VCPS)

CyberLink Corp., a developer of integrated solutions for the digital home, has announced support for leading content protection formats for both DVD burning and playback.

Beginning 1 July 2005, new +RW equipment and discs without VCPS capability will be unable to burn/playback digital TV content broadcast in the USA that is protected by the new content protection system know as Broadcast Flags. In Japan, a similar regulation already requires the encrypted recording of digital TV broadcast signals.

CyberLink's implementation of the Video Content Protection System (VCPS) for the US and Europe, and Copy Protection for Recorded Media (CPRM) for Japan, represents a major commitment to protecting the rights of premium content owners, and essential compliance with the world-wide systems for legal video content copying and playback.

For DVD burning, CyberLink enables authoring and copying according to the specific form of VCPS and CPRM set on each disc. For DVD playback, CyberLink PowerDVD ensures legal viewing of protected content; without this support, users would be unable to play their protected discs.

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Humax USA Releases New DVD Recorder

Humax USA, the "Easy-Digital" company, in partnership with TiVo Inc., a developer of digital video recorders (DVRs), has introduced the new Humax DRT400 DVD Recorder with TiVo service.

Comprised of a state-of-the-art 40-hour TiVo Series2 DVR, a DVD recorder (-R and -R/W), and a progressive scan DVD player, the DRT400 offers new capabilities for users. Additionally, the DRT400 is compatible with all television programming sources including cable, digital cable, satellite, and traditional off-air antennas.

Starting late summer 2005, the Humax DRT Series of DVD Recorders with TiVo service will be compatible with the new TiVoToGo feature, allowing video content stored on the hard drive to be transferred to a PC or portable media centers.

The DRT400 has a $399 suggested retail price and is available now at select retailers nationwide.

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