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February 04, 2003

Table of Contents

Creative Cow West 2003 Draws Major Media Pros to Media Expo
Microtech Announces Updated Configurations of DVD Publishing and Duplication System
MARCAN Adds 4X DVD To Its Duplication Systems Line Up
CAST Releases MPEG-4 and JPEG 2000 IP Cores
Epson Launches New 4.4-Pound Wireless Multimedia Projector
Plextor Introduces Its First DVD+R/RW Optical Drive
Immediatek Licenses MP3 Music Catalog to MDU Service
Ulead DVD Workshop to Support AC-3 and Include Auto-Run Player
Amnis and Hughes Network Systems Sign Alliance Agreement

Creative Cow West 2003 Draws Major Media Pros to Media Expo

CEOs, senior vice presidents, directors, producers, editors and artists are among the who's who of media professionals who'll attend the Creative Cow West 2003 Conference and Expo this month.  The Expo will be held in the Westin Hotel & Conference Center in the Los Angeles International Airport complex this February18 through 20, 2003. Registrants for the Expo include major studios such as 20th Century Fox, Dreamworks, Warner Bros., Disney, Universal and others. The corporations and broadcasters represented include ABC, NBC, Time-Warner, Viacom, Family, PAX, TechTV, RCA, Mayo Clinic, IBM, HP, Apple and many more. The event's focus will range from DV to 10-bit, 16-bit, uncompressed and High-Definition (HD).  Also presenting at the Expo are award-winning After Effects experts Brian Maffitt and Trish & Chris Meyer.


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Microtech Announces Updated Configurations of DVD Publishing and Duplication System

Microtech Systems, Inc. has announced configuration updates and price reduction of their ImageAutomator Classic system. The IA Classic system's 12-drive, 400-disc capacity was among the first of its kind in an automated, multiple volume productionWith the availability of 4x DVD recorders, the IA Classic system approaches 50 full DVD's copied per hour, allowing up to 8 full hours of unattended operation. This, combined with Microtech's feature-rich ImageMaker software, makes the IA Classic system fit for users with a high volume DVD-R manufacturing process.  Additionally, Microtech's ability to accommodate the latest drive speed in their IA Classic system reduces the overall consumer cost by up to 30%.


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MARCAN Adds 4X DVD To Its Duplication Systems Line Up

MARCAN, Inc., a leading CD/DVD solutions provider, is now offering Microboards Technology, Mediatechnics, and Rimage duplication systems with the latest DVD technology -- 4X speed write drives. These drives also feature 16X CDR recording and prices start at $1595.MARCAN offers high quality CD-R and DVD-R duplication, CD replication and DVD video authoring services, including a full range of printing and packaging options. The company also sells CD and DVD recording and duplication systems in multi-drive and autoloading configurations including color printing systems.


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CAST Releases MPEG-4 and JPEG 2000 IP Cores

Semiconductor intellectual property (IP) provider CAST, Inc. has announced the addition of new MPEG-4 video encoding and JPEG 2000 image decoding cores to its line of general purpose IP for electronic design.The CAST MPEG-4 core is small and fast -- capable of handling real-time encoding of full-screen video in under 50,000 ASIC gates -- and supports a range of applications from high-quality video conferencing to remote streaming of DVD-quality movies.The CAST JPEG2K_D core provides complete hardware acceleration of the new JPEG 2000 image processing standard. It decompresses images at competitive rates, decoding a 5 megapixel camera image in half a second, or standard definition TV (720 x 480 pixels) at 30 frames per second.Available immediately for synthesis to ASICs or optimized for various FPGAs, the new cores join CAST's substantial library of multimedia IP. This includes complete solutions such as JPEG 2000 encoding as well as individual multimedia subsystem cores for motion processing and estimation, discrete cosine  and waveform  (you only need to include acronyms if they'll be used later on in a story) transformations, color space conversion, and Huffman processing.


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Epson Launches New 4.4-Pound Wireless Multimedia Projector

The new EPSON PowerLite 735c offers wireless 802.11b connectivity  and PC-free presenting in a 4.4-pound 3-LCD projector with 2,000 ANSI lumens.

With the incorporation of 802.11b technology, the WiFi-certified PowerLite 735c offers portability and the power to project on up to four projectors simultaneously via a network or one standalone PC. Using the projector's "ad hoc" mode, users can transmit PowerPoint presentation data from their PC (using a wireless LAN card) directly to the projector with virtually no signal delays, including high-speed, animated slide transitions. Using an "infrastructure" mode, users can control the projector wirelessly over an organization's LAN system, which also enables IS managers from remote locations to check the projector's status, monitor lamp use, control power and even change video sources. The EPSON PowerLite 735c meets WEP-compliancy (Wireless Encryption Packet) standards for increased security and features safeguards that protect the display screen from interruptions.

Epson has developed a new version of its EasyMP PC card reading technology for the PowerLite 735c. This technology enables users to run computerized presentations without a PC by transferring presentation files to a PC card that can be inserted in a slot located within the projector. Files transfer using Epson's conversion software and users can power-on and proceed with a presentation or even review/hide files on the projector for the purpose of editing or rearranging the order of slides.

The PowerLite 735c is compatible with PCMCIA Flash memory and, with the use of an optional adapter, can work with cards such as Compact Flash(TM), SmartMedia(TM), Sony MemoryStick(TM), Microdrive(TM), and ATA Flash.

The EPSON PowerLite 735c is priced at $3,499 (estimated street price) and will be available February 2003.


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Plextor Introduces Its First DVD+R/RW Optical Drive

Plextor Corp., a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance CD-related equipment and software, has entered the DVD burner market with its first-ever PX-504A DVD+R/RW drive. The internal DVD writer delivers 4X DVD+R writing and 2.4X DVD+RW rewriting, making it one of the fastest DVD+R/RW drives on the market today. The drive also features a premium digital media software package from Roxio, including Easy CD Creator 5.3 DVD Edition and PhotoSuite 5 SE.

End-users can create, edit, and share customized DVDs and CDs using video, photos, audio, and data. The PX-504A gives users the ability to backup and archive up to 4.7GB on a single-sided recordable DVD disc, and to create photo albums for viewing with DVD players. Lossless-linking technology enables users to perform basic editing tasks directly on the DVD disc, so there is no need to reload DVD content back to a PC to make minor changes, and no need to re-burn an entire DVD after making small edits.

The Plextor PX-504A is a versatile DVD/CD burner specifically designed to deliver high-quality recording performance. In addition to recording, rewriting, and reading DVD discs at multiple speeds, the unit also supports 16X CD-recordable, 10X CD-rewritable, and 40X CD-read.The drive itself is designed for flexible PC installation, with support for horizontal or vertical drive bay orientations, ATA/ATAPI-5 interface, and compatibility with Microsoft Windows 98/98Se/ME/2000/XP operating systems. The unit features a 2MB data buffer and burst data transfer rates of 5.5 MB/sec., which allows a user to burn a 4.7GB disc in less than fifteen minutes.

The Plextor PX-504A DVD+R/RW drive is scheduled for shipment in February 2003 and will retail for $299.00.


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Immediatek Licenses MP3 Music Catalog to MDU Service

Immediatek, Inc. announced that it is has licensed its catalog of approximately 30,000 MP3 music files to Dallas-based, MDU Service, Inc., for the deployment of touch-screen kiosks capable of dispensing music CD-Rs in a matter of seconds. In turn, MDU Service will be utilizing Immediatek's CD burning technology for deploying and burning the music in the kiosks. These kiosks, otherwise known as Automatic Dispensing Machines ("ADMs"), will change how CDs are burned and how music can be instantly purchased in stores. The extensive MP3 music catalog comes as what Immediatek reports is the most extensive music catalog ever licensed for a fully automated self-dispensing CD machine.

The touch-screen kiosks, which resemble bank ATMs, are to be located throughout the United States in high traffic areas such as malls, airports and major discount stores. The kiosks allow the consumer to select music from thousands of musicians and dozens of genres including rock, alternative, jazz, blues, country, latin, urban, hip-hop, pop, classical, and others. The consumer can choose individual songs and create a customized CD-R that is dispensed from the machine only seconds after the secure credit card transaction is processed.

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Ulead DVD Workshop to Support AC-3 and Include Auto-Run Player

Ulead Systems, Inc., a leading developer of video editing, image editing, and DVD authoring software, recently announced that Ulead DVD Workshop, Ulead's advanced DVD authoring software, will soon support Dolby AC-3 audio files so that viewers can enjoy the quality of Dolby Surround Sound when watching a DVD created with DVD Workshop. The software will also include DVD AutoPlay, an auto-run player, so viewers can watch a DVD without first installing DVD playback software on their computer.

DVD Workshop users can now import 5.1 Surround Sound AC-3 audio files and create Stereo AC-3 files within DVD Workshop. This high-quality audio file format, also known as Dolby Digital in theatres, ensures audio playback compatibility, a higher compression rate for producing small audio files, and the ability to offer Dolby 5.1 surround sound on DVD Workshop authored discs.

DVD Workshop is one of the first DVD authoring software products in the its category to provide users with professional and flexible menu authoring features at a cost-effective price. The software has won eMedia Magazine's Editor's Choice Award. DVD Workshop AC-3, the full version of DVD Workshop with AC-3 support, will be available at the end of February for $495.


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Amnis and Hughes Network Systems Sign Alliance Agreement

Amnis Systems Inc., a leading global provider of networked
streaming video systems, announced that it has signed an
agreement with Hughes Network Systems, Inc., a leading
provider of broadband satellite solutions, to join its Hughes
Broadband Alliance. Amnis will extend its award-winning MPEG video
over IP network appliance and software products to become certified
solutions for operation over SPACEWAY, the next generation broadband satellite platform for DIRECWAY services.

Amnis' NAC MPEG over IP platform delivers the industry's lowest
end-to-end latency, while maintaining the highest quality video and is
currently deployed in existing HNS DIRECWAY applications. Amnis serves a broad-based enterprise market with multi-national installation and distribution. The additional capabilities of SPACEWAY will provide for expansion into a variety of high-speed video services, such as video conferencing, telemedicine, distance learning, video surveillance and
multimedia content distribution.

Scheduled to launch service in 2004, SPACEWAY will provide full-mesh
connectivity for efficient delivery of high-bandwidth services. In
addition to its unique peer-to-peer architecture, SPACEWAY
incorporates many other advanced features - such as packet switching, spot beams, and bandwidth-on-demand. It operates in the Ka-band and is expected to open up a wealth of opportunities for delivering high-speed, multimedia services to North American enterprises.

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