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June 03, 2005

Table of Contents

Verbatim Increases Lead in Recordable and Rewritable CD and DVD Media Markets
AMD Releases Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor
InterVideo and Ulead Unveil Next-generation DVD Technologies at Computex 2005
Wolfson Codec for DVD-RW and PVR Applications Offers Ability to Simultaneously Set Independent Audio Sample Rates on ADC and DAC
TEAC America Launches Full Line of 16X DVD-R Duplicators
Ulead Gains Toshiba Endorsement for HD DVD Technology
InterVideo Showcases the Latest InstantON Technology With DVB-T Technology and Direct Recording Features at Computex
GenArts Announces Free Sapphire Plug-ins Tutorial for After Effects and Final Cut Pro

Verbatim Increases Lead in Recordable and Rewritable CD and DVD Media Markets

Verbatim announced that the Q1 2005 report from the Santa Clara Consulting Group (SCCG) shows the optical media developer and marketer has continued to increase its global market share in the rapidly expanding CD and DVD media arena. With worldwide demand for DVD recordable media increasing by 126% annually and recordable CD demand relatively stable, SCCG reported that Verbatim and its parent company, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media, reached number one position worldwide in CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, and DVD-RW volume.

The market for recordable CD and DVD media is being driven by the growing demand for DVD burners that write to both CD and DVD media. SCCG forecasts the worldwide installed base of DVD writers will grow from less than 100 million to more than 180 million by the end of 2005. With CDs playing a vital role for recording personal music, photos and home videos, analysts expect the market for CD media to be fairly stable in the coming years. However, with the prices of DVD recorders declining and the demand for digital cameras, camcorders and capture/playback devices almost doubling every year, SCCG analysts see worldwide shipments of recordable DVD media increasing from 1.4 billion in 2004 to more than 3.1 billion units in 2005. 

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AMD Releases Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor

AMD has announced the immediate availability of the AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor. The AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor targets prosumer and digital media enthusiasts, as well as those who run many software applications simultaneously. This new processor is designed for desktop and desktop-replacement notebooks and delivers performance improvements of up to 80% on select digital media and productivity applications compared to single-core AMD Athlon 64 processors. The AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor will be supported by Acer, Alienware, HP, and Lenovo, as well as more than 40 system-builder partners worldwide.

The AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor is designed to allow consumers and businesses to simultaneously download audio files such as MP3s, burn a CD, check and write email, edit a digital photo, and run virus protection--all without slowing down their computer. Digital media applications can see an average of a 34% increase compared to similar single-core AMD Athlon 64 processors, while overall productivity benchmark results can see a 22% average increase. The AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors 4800-plus, 4600-plus, 4400-plus, and 4200-plus are priced at $1001, $803, $581, and $537, respectively, in 1,000-unit quantities.

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InterVideo and Ulead Unveil Next-generation DVD Technologies at Computex 2005

InterVideo, Inc. and Ulead Systems, Inc. jointly presented a range of new media technologies at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan, during Computex 2005. Presented under the theme, "Digital Media Convergence," the show represented the first combined InterVideo/ Ulead event since the companies formed a partnership earlier this year.

Highlighting the event were demonstrations of High-Definition DVD and Blu-ray Disc (BD) playback, authoring and burning technologies co-developed by InterVideo and Ulead. InterVideo, a member of the Blu-ray Disc Association, along with Ulead, presented BD capabilities that will enable users to record, rewrite and playback discs in the high-definition BD digital format. Unveiling for the first time, InterVideo and Ulead showcased software technology for navigation and playback of content on an HD-DVD and BD disc. The technologies were showcased in next-generation prototypes of the companies' flagship products including InterVideo WinDVD and Ulead DVD MovieFactory.

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Wolfson Codec for DVD-RW and PVR Applications Offers Ability to Simultaneously Set Independent Audio Sample Rates on ADC and DAC

Wolfson Microelectronics PLC has launched a new stereo audio codec with the ability to operate the ADC and DAC at different sample rates simultaneously, suitable for use in DVD-RW, LCD TV, and similar consumer electronics applications, where the end user requires the ability to simultaneously play and record DVD or television content. This feature of the Wolfson WM8591 codec allows a single small codec chip to be used in place of two separate ADC and DAC devices, offering designers the potential to save more in component cost, external component count, and PCB area than existing solutions.

The WM8591 also includes an analog programmable gain amplifier (PGA). The PGA can be used to adjust the sensitivity of analog inputs, ensuring that recording levels are consistent, and also can be used as a limiter to avoid analog input overload distortion.

The WM8591 is a single-ended input, two-wire control version of the WM8590 with a DAC signal-noise ratio of 110dB combined with a 102dB ADC. The single two-wire interface offers access to all features, including volume control and mute, and de-emphasis facilities, significantly reducing design time. The single-ended inputs to the ADC and differential outputs from the DAC further support designers in achieving high performance with reduced system complexity.

The Wolfson WM8591 is available to sample now and will be available in volume in Q4 2005. Pricing is $1.45 in volumes of 10,000.

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TEAC America Launches Full Line of 16X DVD-R Duplicators

TEAC announced the launch of its full line of 1x1, 1x3, and 1x7 16X DVD-R duplicators. TEAC's new line of 1x1, 1x3, and 1x7 DVD-R duplicators are stand-alone disc-to-disc DVD-R duplication systems requiring no PC connection. With the numerous menu commands and included 160GB hard disk drive, TEAC's 1x3 and 1x7 tower duplicators offer duplication at 16X speeds. TEAC will present its full line of duplication systems at InfoComm Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 8-10, 2005, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Ulead Gains Toshiba Endorsement for HD DVD Technology

Ulead Systems, Inc. has received the endorsement of Toshiba Corporation for the company's work in developing HD DVD technology for high definition video.

"Toshiba recognizes the significant contribution Ulead has made to the realization of HD DVD," said Hisashi Yamada, corporate senior vice president and chief fellow of the Digital Media Network Company of Toshiba Corporation. "Ulead has rapidly developed core engine technology enabling content authoring systems to incorporate both Standard and Advanced Content in the creation of HD DVD titles. As the first vendor to supply this key component, Ulead plays an important role in realizing the HD DVD promise of superior video quality and enhanced interactivity."

Yamada joined Toshiba in 1968 and proposed the current DVD format in 1994. Ulead is a member of the DVD Forum, participates in DVD Forum Working Groups, and is a general member of the HD DVD promotion group.

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InterVideo Showcases the Latest InstantON Technology With DVB-T Technology and Direct Recording Features at Computex

InterVideo, Inc. announced that its InterVideo InstantON technology is now Digital Video Broadcasting-Terrestrial (DVB-T) enabled and supports direct recording features for burning program content to DVD on select notebooks. A demo of the DVB-T solution and direct recording features with select InstantON technology notebooks was showcased at the Grand Hyatt Hotel during the Computex Tradeshow, in Taipei, Taiwan. DVB-T technology is now supported by select models of InterVideo InstantON notebooks.

In addition to showcasing DVB-T enabled notebooks, InterVideo showcased a commercial model notebook that bundles InstantON technology with direct recording to DVD. The notebooks are equipped with built-in TV Tuner cards that allow users to directly record their favorite TV programs to a DVD disc and share the TV scheduler with the Windows application.

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GenArts Announces Free Sapphire Plug-ins Tutorial for After Effects and Final Cut Pro

GenArts, Inc. has announced the immediate availability of a new tutorial for the After Effects version of Sapphire Plug-ins. Designed for experienced users of After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and other compatible host applications, the tutorial is intended to instruct those who are new to Sapphire how to utilize the plug-ins and become familiar with some of the more common and vital parameters.

The tutorial focuses on a number of popular techniques using a sampling of 31 plug-ins including blurs, glow, distort, glint, edge rays, lens flares, and transitions and their associated parameters. Once learned, these techniques can then be applied to any other effect in the package. Sample images are included throughout the tutorial to demonstrate the main points, and the user is also encouraged to use their own images as they explore each effect.

The tutorial is available in html format and as a PDF file. It can be downloaded free of charge from A complete After Effects project file that contains all the examples in the tutorial is also available from that web page.

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