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October 22, 2002

Table of Contents

Sony Unveils Portable CD-RW/DVD-ROM Drive with Standalone CD/MP3 Playback
Alera Introduces 48X CD Copy Cruiser
CenDyne Ships 4X DVD Recorder
SONICblue Introduces ReplayTV 5000
NEC-Mitsubishi Introduces Total Trade Monitor Replacement/Recycling Program
Panasonic Introduces Combination DVD & Hard Disk Recorder
Adaptec Introduces New Family of Ultra320 SCSI RAID Controllers
Matsushita and Microsoft Introduce HighM.A.T. for Hastened Digital Media Access on CE Devices

Sony Unveils Portable CD-RW/DVD-ROM Drive with Standalone CD/MP3 Playback

Sony Electronics has debuted a portable, battery-operated CD-RW and DVD-ROM drive that doubles as a standalone CD, MP3 and WAV player. The new versatile device (model MPD-AP20U) incorporates a Memory Stick media slot and operates on a rechargeable battery to provide users with an all-in-one burner/player for home, office, or on the go. The lightweight drive includes a high-speed USB interface for plug-and-play connectivity and comes with software for Macintosh and Windows platforms. The sleek and silvery device enables computer users to perform common CD-R/RW burning tasks, such as backing up data, recording digital images and creating original music CDs at up to 24X speed.  When connected to a computer, the MPD-AP20U also operates as a DVD-ROM drive for viewing DVD movies, and as a Memory Stick media reader for viewing, saving and transferring files. When detached from a computer, the drive works as a stand-alone CD player that can play back standard audio CDs, as well as MP3 and WAV files from either a CD, DVD, or Memory Stick media. The new drive comes complete with all the necessary accessories and a suite of software to begin recording and enjoying out of the box.  The key features include:
o Hi-Speed Universal Serial Bus (USB) Interface: Flexible, fast and easy connectivity and setup on Macintosh and Windows operating systems.  Based on USB 2.0 specification and backward compatible at lower speeds to USB 1.1.
o High-speed Writing and Reading: 24X maximum CD-R recording, 10X maximum CD-RW recording, 24X maximum CD-ROM reading, and 8X DVD-ROM reading with Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0 compliant).
o Power-Burn Recording Management System: Sony's buffer under-run and shock protection technology.
o "Drop-in" Cradle: Provides USB connection and AC power for easy computer connectivity and battery recharging.  
o A Memory Stick Media Slot: Enables consumers to seamlessly transfer digital content onto a CD-R/RW disc from dozens of different electronics devices, or playback MP3/WAV files in standalone mode.
o MP3 and WAV Audio Format Decoding: Decodes and plays MP3 files encoded from 32Kb/sec. and up to 320Kb/sec.  Also, decodes WAV files for playback. Plays back files recorded on single or multi-session CD-ROM, or from packet recorded disc.
o Wired Remote Control with Backlit LCD Display: Gives quick access to the playback controls and displays playback list and MP3/WAV music titles in ID3 tag format, or CD Text information if encoded onto an audio CD. Supports playlist function and programming.
o Earphones: Bundled with compact earphones.
o B's Recorder Gold CD-recording software for Mac and Windows, B's Clip drag-and-drop CD-RW recording software for Windows.
o ArcSoft PhotoBase and PhotoStudio software.
o Cyberlink PowerDVD (Windows only) for PC DVD playback.
o Musicmatch Jukebox (Windows only)
The MPD-AP20U will be available in November for a list price of less than $300.

(http://www.sonystyle.com)

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Alera Introduces 48X CD Copy Cruiser

Alera Technologies has announced its new CD Copy Cruiser 48, a 48x stand alone, desktop, one to one CD duplicator.  The CD Copy Cruiser 48 a controller a CD-ROM and 48x CD-Recorder that can duplicate a typical 650MB CD in as few as 2 minutes, or it can copy individual tracks from your music CDs onto a mix disc. The CD Copy Cruiser 48 lists for $349 and sports a black case that fits both in your computer room and your entertainment center.  The CD Copy Cruiser 48‚s foundation is simple one touch operation, with no set up required. Just plug it in and start copying immediately. It features a powerful controller with a backlit LCD display that reports percent complete and other status elements while the duplicator process is running. Even though the CD Copy Cruiser 48 is easy to use, it includes professional copy control features such as the ability to select the copy speeds in increments up to 48x.  Test Copy Disc tests the copy process before copying starts without burning a CD.  Edit Track lets you select Audio Tracks from several source CDs to make a custom discs for uncluttered listening enjoyment.  This cool feature is packed with hidden benefits.  For example, it lets you listen to the audio tracks you have selected.  You know exactly what you are recording without guessing or having to note and refer to music titles, etc.  The CD Copy Cruiser 48 has Quick Erase and Full Erase for erasing CD-RW discs and it has a Music Player that plays music to speakers (not included) connected to the rear audio terminals or the earphone jack of the CD-ROM drive.

(http://www.aleratec.com)

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CenDyne Ships 4X DVD Recorder

CenDyne, Inc. has announced that by the end of October, it will begin shipping a new 4X DVD-Recorder based on Pioneer's fifth-generation DVR-A05. The new CenDyne 4X DVD Recorder ships with Sonic MyDVD 4 DVD authoring and recording software that allows consumers to archive their VHS home movies or create their own movies and burn them onto DVD media. The MyDVD software lets users capture video clips, transfer video, create and edit movies, add titles and other effects to movies and video, and burn images to disc. The drive writes DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R, and CD-RW media and provides buffer underrun protection and support for CD-R and CD-RW media. Nero Express, Nero Vision Express and InCD software also ship with the new drive for CD creation. The CenDyne 4X DVD-R/RW Recorder is designed to be installed internally into a PC; it comes complete with everything necessary to begin recording data right away, including media. The new CenDyne recorder (model number CDI CD00209) will be available by Oct. 31 at an estimated retail price of $299 at leading computer and consumer electronics retailers.

(http://www.cendyne.com)

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SONICblue Introduces ReplayTV 5000

SONICblue has announced the launch of the ReplayTV 5000 digital video recorder (DVR) series, the next generation of the ReplayTV product line. SONICblue's ReplayTV 5000 series offers consumers Commercial Advance, which affords users the choice to playback recorded shows without advertisements. SONICblue's ReplayTV allows users to store up to 320 hours of television or other media content, to choose to playback recorded programs without commercials, to stream programming to other ReplayTV devices within the home and to share content with friends and family who own a ReplayTV. In addition, the ReplayTV 5000 offers users two methods of downloading updated channel guide information, either via a standard phone line or via a broadband home network, ensuring that the device will grow with users as home networking becomes more prevalent. SONICblue's ReplayTV 5000 series consists of several models offering a variety of recording capacities and features. The ReplayTV 5040, 5080, 5160 and 5320 models offer 40, 80, 160, and 320-hour storage capacities respectively, and range in MSRP from $299.99 ($249.99 after rebate) to $899. In addition, consumers must choose either a $9.95 monthly fee, the lowest service fee of any DVR on the market, or a one-time service activation fee of $250 for each new ReplayTV 5000 product purchased. All ReplayTV 5000 models are compatible with cable, satellite and antenna programming feeds.

(http://www.sonicblue.com)

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NEC-Mitsubishi Introduces Total Trade Monitor Replacement/Recycling Program

NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display of America, Inc. has announced its new Total Trade monitor replacement and recycling program. Designed for corporate customers, this customizable program makes it easy for companies to remove and safely dispose their currently deployed working and non-working monitors as part of an upgrade to NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display's line of LCD and CRT monitors while lowering procurement costs and total cost of ownership. The Total Trade program is a cost-effective way for companies to manage monitor removal, and NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display assumes the responsibility of ensuring monitors are disposed not only in accordance to EPA guidelines, but also in accordance to the local laws where the customer is based. Working with an NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display account representative, customers determine the estimated value of their currently deployed monitors. Customers then complete and submit a Total Trade request form available online at . A quote for the trade-in product and requested services will be provided within 72 hours, and is valid for 30 days. Upon customer approval, a pick-up schedule for the display units will be arranged. Once the displays arrive at the trade-in facility, the products are verified as "working" or "non-working." Working trade-in units are sold at the highest available prices in the used equipment industry, and NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display will issue payment to the customer within 30 days. The customer has complete flexibility in choosing whether to apply the refund to their upgrade monitor purchase, or allocate the funds elsewhere. This refund not only provides great cost savings to companies, it also helps lower the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of the new NEC-Mitsubishi monitor upgrades. In accordance with all EPA guidelines and local legislative requirements, NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display offers one of the lowest disposal and recycling costs in the industry for non-working units.

(http://www.necmitsubishi.com)

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Panasonic Introduces Combination DVD & Hard Disk Recorder

Panasonic has begun shipping its new DMR-HS2 DVD recorder, which features Time Slip recording to hard disk and DVD, to U.S. retailers with an MSRP of $999.95.  The new model is Panasonic's first DVD-RAM and DVD-R1 recorder coupled with a built-in hard drive, providing great flexibility and compatibility. The DMR-HS2 allows the consumer to enjoy such features as Time Slip, Chasing Playback and the ease of recording images from a digital video camera via a DV input, as well as a PC card slot for use with memory cards. The DMR-HS2 can record a maximum of 52 hours (in the EP mode) of video on its 40 GB hard disk drive, 12 hours on a 9.4GB double-sided DVD-RAM disc, and 6 hours on a DVD-R disc.   With the Panasonic DMR-HS2 DVD recorder, consumers can watch what they want, when they want.  Panasonic's Time Slip and Chasing Playback features allows users to watch a show in progress that's being recorded, right from the beginning, while the show continues to record to the end. The unit can also be programmed to automatically record their favorite television shows every day or every week onto the hard disk. In addition to recording new video content, the DMR HS2 provides a new medium for transferring VHS tape recordings to space-saving DVD-RAM or DVD-R1 disks or the internal hard drive. DVD-RAM offers high storage capacity on removable media, high-speed data transmission, exceptional picture and sound quality, fast, random access memory and rewritability up to 100,000 times. The versatile DMR-HS2 also allows users to record onto highly compatible DVD-R disks, allowing them to share video recordings with virtually anyone with a DVD player. In addition, a built-in standard PC card slot2 enables users to download and save digital images3 from an SD Memory Card, MultiMedia Card, Compact Flash, Smart Media and other flash memory cards. The DMR-HS2 features progressive scan, delivering optimum picture quality when viewing a DVD movie.

(http://www.panasonic.com)

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Adaptec Introduces New Family of Ultra320 SCSI RAID Controllers

Adaptec, Inc. has extended its RAID and SCSI product line with a new family of Ultra320 SCSI controllers that couple the industry's fastest data transfer rates with robust integrated RAID for data protection, Adaptec says. Adaptec's Ultra320 SCSI controller family features RAID striping, mirroring, and hot spare support to bolster data protection and maximize system performance and uptime. In addition, only Adaptec's Ultra320 SCSI controllers support four hard disk drives and two arrays per channel to provide the most integrated RAID storage capacity. Adaptec's Ultra320 SCSI family consists of the following controllers: the mid-range, two-channel 39320D-R and 39320-R; the 39320D, optimized for external SCSI connections; the 39320 for internal SCSI connections; the one-channel 29320-R and 29320LP-R, designed for entry-level servers and high-performance workstations; and the ASC-29320LP-R, a low-profile controller designed for rackmount servers. The Adaptec Ultra320 SCSI card family with HostRAID is now shipping.

(http://www.adaptec.com)

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Matsushita and Microsoft Introduce HighM.A.T. for Hastened Digital Media Access on CE Devices

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (Panasonic)and Microsoft Corporation have unveiled a new technology they have co-developed that enables a dramatically improved method of storing, arranging and playing back personal digital photo, music, and video collections on recordable discs such as CD-RW media. Called HighM.A.T., which stands for High-performance Media Access Technology, this new technology is designed to significantly improve interoperability for digital media content between PCs and popular electronic devices such as CD players, car stereos and living room DVD devices. CDs created using the HighM.A.T. technology will be fully compatible with existing devices that play back recordable disc media. Panasonic, Microsoft, and Fuji
Photo Film Co. Ltd. (Fujifilm) will adopt this new technology for use in their future products. The HighM.A.T. specification will also be available for easy licensing by other consumer electronics companies and software developers at . Inspired by growth in consumer use of digital still and video cameras and compressed digital music, HighM.A.T. was developed to create an easier and faster way to move digital media from the PC to consumer electronics devices. Today, when consumers want to create their own digital media collections (photos, audio and/or video) on CDs, there is no consistent way for CD and DVD players to read this data. Each interface for finding media is different, and the viewable information, such as playlists, music metadata and folders with photos or videos, varies depending on what each device supports. The contents of these discs are displayed very differently on televisions with a DVD player than the way they are experienced on car stereos. This lack of consistency confuses users when they try to find the music, photos, or videos they want. In addition, with large collections of digital music and photos, it can take several minutes for the DVD or CD player to "read" and find the music, photos or video that are available after the content has been burned on the compact disc or other physical format. HighM.A.T. solves these issues, its proponents say, by creating an optimized way for PCs to identify digital files on recordable disks and standard ways for consumer devices to read these discs. This new technology is designed to speed up startup times for data CDs and other physical formats and make navigation across a broad range of consumer electronics devices, including car stereos, DVD players, and CD players. CDs created using the HighM.A.T. technology will still be compatible with existing devices that play back recordable disc media, and HighM.A.T. is compliant with the standard ISO 9660 Joliet file system. Microsoft will begin adding HighM.A.T. disc creation support in its upcoming final release of Windows Media Player 9 Series and in a future version of Windows Movie Maker, the digital video editing and publishing feature of Windows XP. Panasonic will support HighM.A.T. in future versions of
its CD and DVD players in 2003. Microsoft and Panasonic are also announcing that Fujifilm is supporting HighM.A.T. in future versions of its products and that it is the first of many companies supporting the HighM.A.T. initiative. HighM.A.T. technology will be made available for easy licensing by both software developers and other consumer electronics device manufacturers.

(http://www.highmat.com)

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