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June 24, 2005

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Sonic Brings Next Generation HD Interactivity to DVD with the Release of eDVD 4
Advanced Media Announces Availability of TOPY Mini Writer in North America
Holomatix Unveils Blaze 3D Studio
PNY Technologies Verto GeForce 7800 GTX Shipping Now
Acon Digital Media Announces Version 2.0 of Studio Necessities
ProCon Announces FireWire/USB DVD/CD Duplication Systems
Trace Affex Unveils New JetDisc CD/DVD Printer
Octave Systems Unveils Copy Master II

Sonic Brings Next Generation HD Interactivity to DVD with the Release of eDVD 4

Sonic Solutions has announced the release of eDVD 4, the latest version of its content enhancement solution for DVD. eDVD is the first point-and-click application allowing content authors to enhance standard DVD titles with interactive features like those planned for next-generation high definition (HD) disc formats, according to Sonic.

Compatible with any DVD authoring software, eDVD gives DVD-Video viewers a dynamic, Web-linked user experience when played on PC or Macintosh, and increases entertainment value by providing an on-screen presentation environment that integrates both video and bonus content, Sonic reports. "

Enhanced content supported by eDVD includes high-definition video files, MP3s, Flash animations, PDF files, high-resolution graphic files, and even executable applications. eDVD brings this diverse supplemental material together with a DVD's video content into a single, customizable interactive presentation. In addition, eDVD enables a DVD title to support unlimited links to the Internet, thereby enabling ongoing access to updated material and making it easier for disc publishers to develop revenue-generating connections to their audience.

eDVD 4 is available at www.sonic.com and www.roxio.com at a U.S. suggested list price of $199.

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Advanced Media Announces Availability of TOPY Mini Writer in North America

Advanced Media, Inc. (RITEK USA), a subsidiary of RITEK Corporation, has announced the availability of its RIDATA TOPY Mini Writer product in North America. The TOPY Mini Writer features DataPlay discs--the smallest optical discs in the world, according to Advanced Media. Visit the Advanced Media booth during C3 Expo June 28-30 2005 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City to see this new product.

The dimensions of the Mini Writer are 1.3" X 1.65" X 0.11". Packaged with three 500MB DataPlay optical discs to store data or as a backup for large files, the Mini Writer is hot-pluggable and compatible with Win98/2k/XP, Mac 9.2.0, or Linux Kernel 2.4.0. operating systems. Drivers are available online at www.ritekusa.com. Additional blank 500MB write-once Dataplay media is available in 5- or 10-disc packs. Street pricing ranges between $123 and $130 USD. Larger-capacity 750 MB and 1GB discs will be available later this year, according to Advanced Media. "TOPY Mini Writer and DataPlay Discs present a very affordable and user friendly, ultra-small storage medium for the mobile user and offer a new alternative for mobile storage. DataPlay discs are about the size of a quarter and are easily interchangeable to provide an expandable storage archive. The TOPY product is an ideal addition to our popular RIDATA flash and optical disc brand continuing RITEK's global status as a technology leader in the storage media industry," stated Harvey Liu, President of Advanced Media, Inc. (RITEK USA

The Mini Writer supports the USB 2.0 protocol, FAT 12/16 format, and Fashion ID design. With its two-sided capacity of 500MB and capability for consistent accurate recording, the write-once, multi-session discs provide a dependable storage medium with a long archival life of up to 100 years safe storage under optimum conditions. A limited lifetime warranty is also included on all RIDATA brand media.

www.ritekusa.com

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Holomatix Unveils Blaze 3D Studio

Holomatix has unveiled Blaze 3D Studio, which contains tools to combine interactive 3D graphics with Flash. The Blaze platform for interactive Web 3D rendering has been used by Sony, Eastman Kodak Company, adidas, and Ford of Europe increase online stickiness and conversion rates, according to Holomatix, through developing interactive 3D sales and marketing applications. Retailers such as amazon.co.uk are also working closely with Holomatix on solutions for visualising products in 3D. Examples may be viewed at www.holomatix.com/examples.

The key advantages of Blaze 3D Studio are its visual quality results and compatibility with popular 3D modelling software packages and Flash. It is possible to edit surface materials and lighting conditions with flexibility, making Blaze an effective tool for representing real-world items online in 3D.

3D objects from Blaze 3D Studio may be integrated into Flash presentations in a straightforward manner. Using the Flash MX authoring tool, designers and developers are able to import real-time 3D objects and control them programmatically with ActionScript. Blaze can be used for 3D product views to customization tools, simulators, 3D games, and walk-throughs. Blaze 3D Studio is available immediately with downloadable extras, sample projects, and tutorials at www.holomatix.com.

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PNY Technologies Verto GeForce 7800 GTX Shipping Now

PNY Technologies has announced the Verto GeForce 7800 GTX graphics card from PNY Technologies, Inc. Based on the new NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX graphics processing unit (GPU), the Verto GeForce 7800 GTX delivers frame rates and image quality not available from previous generation graphics cards.

Available now, PNY's Verto GeForce 7800 GTX graphics cards can be purchased from leading online retailers for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $599.99. Features include a new programmable shader architecture, with more than twice the shading horsepower of the previous generation high dynamic-range lighting support; second-generation NVIDIA SLI technology for higher performance and better image quality; second-generation NVIDIA PureVideo technology for home theater-quality video on the PC; Microsoft "Longhorn" support; Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 Technology; and stable driver architecture.

PNY's Verto GeForce 7800 GTX capitalizes on the high-bandwidth, PCI Express bus architecture with support for NVIDIA's SLI technology. Plus, it features a 430MHz GPU clock; supports 256MB of DDR3 memory with a 600MHz memory data rate; and comes equipped with DVI + DVI + VIDEO In/HDTV/S-Video outputs.

www.pny.com

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Acon Digital Media Announces Version 2.0 of Studio Necessities

Acon Digital Media has announced the public release of Studio Necessities 2.0, a collection of DirectX-compatible plug-ins consisting of the following plug-ins:

  • StudioVerb, a high-quality reverberation simulator
  • StudioModulator, a phaser effect and delay modulation effects such as flanger and chorus
  • StudioEQ, a six-band full parametric equalizer with six different filter types, including peak and shelving filters
  • StudioLimiter, a brickwall limiter
  • StudioDynamics, a versatile dynamic processor
  • StudioDelay, a multi-tap delay effect

New in version 2.0 is a brick wall limiter plug-in suitable for increasing the overall level of final mixes. The graphical user interfaces were completely redesigned in all plug-ins. Further improvements were made in the reverb algorithm, which now allows higher densities without coloration. StudioDelay now supports a tempo synch mode, where the delay times are specified in beats. The plug-ins support multi-channel audio up to eight channels, including 5.1 and 7.1 surround formats. Both PCM formats (up to 32-bit resolution) and floating point (IEEE 32 bit) formats are supported. Price and Availability Studio Necessities is available for $49 (USD) as electronic software delivery at: http://www.acondigital.com/StudioNecessities.htm.

The upgrade to version 2.0 is free for registered Studio Necessities users. 

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ProCon Announces FireWire/USB DVD/CD Duplication Systems

Procon Technology, USA has introduced tower and rackmount DVD/CD CD Duplication Systems featuring FireWire and USB 2.0 inputs. The duplicators function as either standalone or hosted systems with support for both Mac and PC.

The ProCon Stylus Publisher features a robotic platform combined with an embedded PC to give users a complete turnkey CD and DVD publishing solution. With the capacity to burn and print up to 120 discs at a time, the Stylus Publisher (model PRO-SPAD120) has an MSRP of $4,999.

The ProCon Stylus DVD 300 provides users with automated, standalone (no PC Required) CD and DVD duplication. Featuring a robotic platform and GUI interface, the ProCon Stylus DVD 300 offers functionality for a variety of applications. The Stylus DVD 300 (model PRO-SDVD300) has an MSRP of $4,999.

The ProCon Stylus DVD 180 is the lower-capacity version of the ProCon Stylus DVD 300. Its small footprint eases integration into office and production environments. The Stylus DVD 180 (model PRO-SDVD180) has an MSRP of $3,599.

www.proconusa.com

  

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Trace Affex Unveils New JetDisc CD/DVD Printer

Trace Affex has introduced the first product in its new line of CD/DVD printers and duplicators. The new DiscJet 4800 CD/DVD printer offers 4800 x 1200 dpi resolution, and uses HP's standard, off-the-shelf ink cartridges which can result in substantial cost savings. The DiscJet 4800 is the fourth-generation CD/DVD printer from Trace Affex to use HP's inkjet technology.

For those customers needing to automate the printing process, Trace Affex also introduced 220-disc standalone robotics. The controller is built into the robotics so no external PC is required. This robotic unit includes networking software and an Ethernet connection so images can be sent from the convenience of a PC or Mac.

List pricing for the DiscJet 4800 is $1205. However, through the middle of July 2005, pricing has been reduced to $1024. The standalone 220-disc robotics (including networking software) adds an additional $3294 to the price.

www.trace.com

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Octave Systems Unveils Copy Master II

Octave Systems, Inc. has unveiled its new line of Copy Master II CD/DVD duplicators, a next-generation product that offers tower-style models that can provide 1-to-9, 1-to-7, 1-to-5, 1-to-3, and 1-to-1 duplication depending on the user's needs and can duplicate DVDs up to 16X, 8.5 GB Dual Layered DVDs up to 4X and CDs up to 48X. 

A seven-drive Copy Master II can produce seven full 4.7GB DVDs in seven minutes, and seven full 650MB CDs in three minutes, according to Octave. It can duplicate standard 120mm CDs and DVDs, but also several of the popular business-card shaped discs and mini CD/DVD formats. One new addition to the Copy Master II is the quick-start Auto Copy feature, which allows users to load up the master and blanks and start the duplication process by pressing the new Copy button. There are four additional convenience buttons

The Copy button allows the user to begin the duplication process. The Test button tests the copy process without writing to the media. The Speed button sets the speed of the copy. The Source button changes the master source of the information the user wants copied from the DVD-ROM or CD-ROM to the hard disk. In addition, the Copy Master II also a 120MB buffer, a 160GB hard drive, password protection for different users, hard disk drive partition-naming, multiple language displays, DVD drive firmware upgradeable by the controller, enhanced firmware in the controller that speeds duplication, better cooling through use of an aluminum case; and an auto counter that keeps running totals of successful copies and failed copies.

The Copy Master II line is competitively priced at $369 for a 1-to-1 duplicator, $829 for a 1-to-3 duplicator, $1049 for a 1-to-5 duplicator, $1249 for a 1-to-7 duplicator, $1429 for a 1-to-9 duplicator, all of which are currently available.

www.octave.com

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