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January 28, 2003

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New Hitachi DVD Camcorders Smaller, Include USB 2.0 and Flash Memory Card Support, and PC Editing Software
Sampo America Launches New Plasma Displays and LCD Monitors
BFG Technologies Bundles Video Studio 6 SE DVD with Asylum GeForce4 Ti 4600 3D Video Cards
Verbatim Ships 4X "Producer'' DVD+R/RW Burner
Sonic AuthorScript to Add Support for HighMAT
Memorex Debuts 4X DVD and 24X CD-RW Media
Zenith Debuts Hard Disk and DVD Recorders
Clarity Begins Shipping Redesigned Lion XP Display

New Hitachi DVD Camcorders Smaller, Include USB 2.0 and Flash Memory Card Support, and PC Editing Software

The Home Electronics Division of Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., has introduced two new DVD camcorder models. The new models, the UltraVision Digital DZ-MV350A and DZ-MV380A, reduce the camcorder's chassis by roughly half the size of previous models. Both models also include USB 2.0 interface for fast uploading and downloading of information to and from a PC and a flash memory card slot for still images. The camcorder features a new color viewfinder and 120k pixel 2.5" LCD screen. The new LCD has almost twice as many pixels as last year's model making it easier to view in even bright conditions. Hitachi has added a new step-up feature for still photo convenience. A flash memory card enables storing and transferring images to a PC. Photos can be saved directly to an SD memory card in high, standard, or low compression. The selected compression will determine how many images can be stored on the SD card. For example, an 8MB SD card stores up to 24 images in high compression mode; 12 images in standard mode and 5 in low compression mode (DZ-MV380). Users of Hitachi's new DVD camcorders can select between increased recording quality or extended recording time for the MPEG-2 video the camera records. Using the DVD-RAM function, the camcorder uses either variable bit rate (VBR) or constant bit rate (CBR) recording formats. With a double sided DVD-RAM disc inserted, the camcorders record approximately 36 minutes of video in extra-fine mode (704x480, 3-9Mbps VBR); 60 minutes in fine mode (704x480, 6Mbps CBR); or 120 minutes in standard (352x480, 3Mbps CBR). Also, the DVD-RAM disc can hold 1,998 still images recorded at high resolution (1280x960 for DZ-MV380A and 640x480 for DZ-MV350A). For DVD-R discs, recordings can be played on most DVD players and DVD-ROM drives. The camcorder's DVD-R function shoots approximately 30 minutes of high-quality DVD video in extra fine mode (704x480, 6Mbps CBR) or approximately 60 minutes in standard mode (352x480, 3Mbps CBR). DVD-Rs are not re-writeable and must be finalized before they will play in most DVD players and DVD-ROM. The DZ-MV380A measures 2.36x3.66x5.79 inches and weighs 1.35 lbs. The unit is also slated for a second quarter, 2003, release and will retail for $1,099.95.

(http://www.hitachi.com/tv)

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Sampo America Launches New Plasma Displays and LCD Monitors

Sampo America, a leading provider of advanced display technologies for consumer and business applications, has announced the expansion of their line of video display solutions with the launch of their ImagePro and TheatrePro lines of EDTV and HDTV plasma display panels. Sampo's new ImagePro Plasma Display product line is built for commercial display applications. The commercial-grade ImagePro line of 42- and 50-inch VGA- and XGA-compatible displays will include features such as RS232-based external controls, burn-in protection, and graphic-on-video capability to provide a video display solution effective for daily business use. Addressing the requirements of home theaters and video enthusiasts, Sampo's TheatrePro product line delivers value and performance through its new 42- and 50-inch EDTV and HDTV plasma displays. Designed specifically for the home, the TheatrePro products will feature integrated dual-tuners with picture-in-picture (PIP) and picture-over-picture (POP), and a new thin-bezel design. All Sampo plasma displays utilize Sampo's MotionDSC Digital Processor which uses adaptive motion de-interlacing and advanced digital progressive line scaling to generate smooth motion video and minimize video artifacts. The fanless plasma displays also feature a 16:9 aspect ratio, digital DVI with HDCP, 3:2 pull-down, and selectable fixed/variable audio outputs. The new Sampo ImagePro and TheatrePro plasma display lines will be available in Q2 of 2003 through specialty audio/visual retailers and e-commerce sites.

Sampo has also added two new high-definition LCD monitors to their existing line of video display solutions. The 27- and 30-inch LCD panels will be introduced as members of Sampo's new ImagePro product line designed to meet the demanding video requirements of commercial display applications. Sampo's new 27-inch LME-27VP10 and 30-inch LME-30VP10 utilize 16:9 aspect ratio high-definition WXGA LCD displays boasting resolutions of 1280 x 720 (LME-27VP10) and 1280 x 768 (LME-30VP10). Both ultra-quiet fanless units, which offer optional integrated television tuners, feature bright 500-nis displays, SmartID programming, dual high-definition component inputs, digital DVI input with HDCP support, advanced installer setup options, and advanced video processing. All Sampo LCD monitors utilize Sampo's MotionDSC Digital Processor which uses adaptive motion de-interlacing and advanced digital progressive line scaling to generate smooth motion video and minimize video artifacts. The HDTV-capable LCD monitors, which accept 1080i and 720p signals, also feature a 16:9 aspect ratio, digital DVI with HDCP, 3:2 pull-down, 3D digital comb filters, advanced PIP and side-by-side picture, discrete color calibration memory, RS-232 port for remote control applications, and advanced installer setup options. Both monitors are available with optional television tuners. The new Sampo ImagePro LME-27VP10 and LME-30VP10 LCD monitors will be available in Q1 of 2003 through specialty audio/visual retailers and e-commerce sites.

(http://www.sampoamericas.com)

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BFG Technologies Bundles Video Studio 6 SE DVD with Asylum GeForce4 Ti 4600 3D Video Cards

Ulead Systems, Inc., a leading developer of video editing, image editing, and DVD authoring software, and BFG Technologies, a supplier of Asylum 3D video cards, completed an agreement for North America to include Video Studio 6 SE DVD, Ulead's consumer-level video editing software, with the Asylum GeForce4 Ti 4600, BFG's latest video card for creating high-quality 3D graphics. The bundle is currently available at Best Buy.com and Comp USA for $299.99.

(http://www.bfgtech.com), (http://www.ulead.com)

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Verbatim Ships 4X "Producer'' DVD+R/RW Burner

Verbatim Corp. and Peripherals Group Inc., the exclusive licensor of Verbatim optical hardware products and a subsidiary of CenDyne Inc., have jointly unveiled Verbatim's 4X "Producer" DVD+R/RW. Able to burn a full-capacity 4.7GB DVD+R disc in about 15 minutes, according to Verbatim, the Producer supports 4X DVD+R write speed, 2.4X DVD+RW rewrite speed, and 12X DVD read speed. The new 4X DVD+R/RW drive features support for lossless linking, allowing different users to write (and read) additional data and video segments without finalizing the sessions. The internal ATAPI drive attaches to any PC with an available drive bay and Windows XP, 2000, and ME. With Sonic MyDVD 4.0 DVD authoring and recording software, users can capture video clips, transfer video, create and edit movies, add titles and other effects to home videos, and burn them to a disc. For playback of DVD movies created commercially or on a DVD+R/RW burner, Producer includes InterVideo's WinDVD. Verbatim's Producer also ships with Verbatim DataLife Mastering software for burning and creation, as well as MusicMatch Jukebox for unlimited MP3 encoding. Plus, the new burner comes with a 30-day trial version of NTI Backup NOW! software plus a $20 discount off the purchase of Backup Now! Deluxe. Backed by a one-year warranty and toll-free technical support, the Verbatim 4x Producer DVD+R/RW internal drive is available now at leading computer and consumer electronics retailers for a suggested retail price of $299.

(http://www.verbatim.com)

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Sonic AuthorScript to Add Support for HighMAT

Sonic Solutions announced at CES that it plans to support HighMAT, the digital media playback technology developed by Microsoft and Matsushita (Panasonic). Sonic plans to add support for creating HighMAT discs in AuthorScript, Sonic's DVD creation Software Developer Kit (SDK) that is the underlying technology used to in Sonic's DVD authoring tools. HighMAT is intended to make digital media formats such as JPEG photos, MP3 music files, and Windows Media Audio and Video files easily playable on a wide variety of consumer electronics devices as well as PCs. Sonic plans to incorporate support for HighMAT authoring into AuthorScript. By integrating HighMAT with OpenDVD, a technology for making revisable DVDs and CDs, Sonic says it will provide greater flexibility and playback compatibility to its customers.

(http://www.sonic.com)

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Memorex Debuts 4X DVD and 24X CD-RW Media

Memorex Products, Inc., has announced 4x DVD and CD-RW 24X Ultra-Speed media. Memorex 4x DVD media is available in DVD+R, DVD+RW, and DVD-R formats.  The media is backward-compatible (by format) and compatible with the next generation of DVD burners.  It will be in stores later this quarter in the following formats and quantities:
-DVD+R: 3-, 5-, and 10-packs; 25- and 50- pack spindles; with suggested retail prices $10.99 to $129.99  
-DVD+RW: 3-, 5-, and 10-packs; suggested retail prices $17.99 to $59.99  
-DVD-R: 3-, 5-, and 10-packs; 25- and 50- pack spindles; suggested retail prices $10.99 to $129.99
Designed to work with 16X to 24X rewrite speeds, Memorex CD-RW Ultra Speed media is intended for hard drive backup, CD authoring and archiving, and repeated recording.  CD-RW Ultra Speed media will be in various retail outlets this month at a suggested retail price of $7.99 for a package of five discs.(

(http://www.memorex.com)

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Zenith Debuts Hard Disk and DVD Recorders

Marking its entry into the emerging digital home entertainment category, Zenith Electronics Corporation introduced its first DVD recorder and hard-disk recorder at CES 2002. The XBH312 DVD/PVR combo combines a DVD/CD player with a 40GB hard drive. The XBH312 features an internal NTSC tuner for high- quality program reception, and an electronic program guide. Viewers can record one program while watching another, program TV shows for later recording, show still images in thumbnail format, and enjoy a variety of editing and file management features. Like Zenith's DVD players, the XBH312 includes a single-disc, progressive scan DVD player compatible with DVDs, CDs, CD-R and CD-RW discs, and MP3 files. The DVR313 DVD recorder enables viewers to record onto popularly available DVD-R/RW discs, and also includes an internal DVD/CD player. Designed for convenience, the DVR313 makes it easy to record, play back and store hours of programming. It can record in 5.1-channel Dolby Digital Sound, and features a variety of video editing functions. Its progressive-scan DVD player is fully compatible with DVDs, CDs, CD-R and CD-RW discs, and MP3 files. Both the XBH312 DVD/PVR combo and DVR313 DVD recorder will be available in the third quarter at a suggested price of $499.

(http://www.zenith.com)

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Clarity Begins Shipping Redesigned Lion XP Display

Clarity Visual Systems, Inc., a leading provider of Digital Visual Messaging (DVM) solutions, today announced it is shipping the newest member of its 67-inch Lion display family, products developed for mission-critical command and control applications. Lion XP is based on the redesigned light engine Clarity first introduced in June at Infocomm 2002, and is shown in Lion UXP, the new UXGA version of the Lion family. The key features of the XP design include a new dual-lamp illumination system, an enhanced color LCD imaging device, increased brightness and high contrast ratios. These features combine to make the system well suited to presentation rooms, conference rooms, command and control applications including network operations centers and control rooms. Eventually, all members of the Lion family will take advantage of the enhancements in the XP design. The new Lion XP illumination system is designed around two, 200-watt High Pressure Mercury Discharge lamps—as opposed to the original Lion design that used four 100-watt Mercury lamps—improving the cost of ownership. While the total lamp output and power consumption of the two designs are the same, the advanced optical and polarization elements of Lion XP significantly increase the efficiency of its entire optical engine. The design uses an improved color LCD panel that improves color saturation, intensity and perceived brightness. Lion XP offers industry standard native XGA resolution (1024 x 768). This, combined with the system's Advanced Performance Liquid Crystal Display (AP/LCD) technology, contributes to the display's superior image quality. The Lion XP is available for purchase with either high contrast or wide view Blackscreen technology through authorized Clarity resellers at a manufacturer's suggested list price of $23,995.

(http://www.clarityvisual.com)

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