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August 22, 2003

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Plextor Introduces External USB 2.0 Version of 52X PlexWriter Premium
Verbatim USB Drives Provide Fast Data Transfer Rate and Storage Capacities to 1GB
DMOD and Activated Content Announce Partnership to Offer Anti-Piracy Solution for Pre-Release Music
Univenture Announces the UniKeep CD 40
Media-Tech Showcase & Conference in Frankfurt, Germany Offers Two Days of Intensive Education and Networking
Planar Launches New Line of High-Performance Flat-Panel Monitors
DivX Certified KiSS DP-500 Networked DVD Player Now Available
DVideosystems to Distribute nNovia Product Lines

Plextor Introduces External USB 2.0 Version of 52X PlexWriter Premium

Plextor Corp., a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance CD-related equipment and software, announced the availability of an external PlexWriter Premium-U CD-R/RW drive with Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface.  Designed for end users who require maximum levels of performance, reliability, and functionality, the 3-in-1 drive features 52X CD-Write, 32X CD-Rewrite, and 52X-max CD-Read.

The PlexWriter Premium-U drive includes an enhanced version of PlexTools Professional software, a unique set of user-controllable recording tools.  GigaRec, which allows high-capacity data storage of up to 1 GB on a 700 MB disc, is now available at 8X CD-R write speeds (as well as 4X CD-R), enabling users to boost disc capacity up to 40% while recording discs in half the time.  GigaRec also offers settings that reduce the amount of jitter in the resultant recording.

PlexTools Professional when used with the Premium-U also includes VariRec, which allows user adjustment of laser power to produce the highest quality audio recording possible; SecuRec password protection; Q-Check disc quality reports; Silent Mode  load/unload, spin up/down, and write/read speeds; and stable PoweRec recording at maximum speed.

Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface and Plug & Play compatibility with Microsoft® Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP operating systems ensure that most users are recording discs within minutes of opening the Plextor box. The unit features an 8MB data buffer and burst data transfer rates of 480 Mb/sec for USB 2.0 and 12 Mb/sec for USB 1.1.  Average random access is less than 65 milliseconds.  Superior 52X digital audio extraction (DAE) eliminates pops, clicks, and hisses for accurate sound quality.  The Premium-U supports a wide variety of CD writing modes, including Mt. Rainier (CD-MRW), Track-at-Once, Disc-at-Once, Session-at-Once, Multisession, and variable/fixed packet writing.

Plextor's bundled software package offers ease-of-use and extensive functionality.  The PlexWriter Premium-U ships with Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 - VCD Edition, Roxio's number-one selling CD-recording software, providing users the ability to create music CDs, photo slide shows synchronized with music, data CDs, and backup copies of personal discs.  Included in this package:  Drag-to-Disc (the updated version of Roxio's packet-writing software) allows users to drag and drop files to CD-R and CD-RW media; Disc Creator Classic offers CD pre-mastering and the ability to create enhanced and mixed-mode CDs; Disc Copier enables one-button CD copying; AudioCentral let's you copy, sort, manage, edit, play and burn your favorite music and audio tracks.

Roxio PhotoSuite 5 SE allows consumers to capture, organize, edit and share digital photos.  It includes simple electronic albums and a combination of automated and advanced photo-editing tools.  Consumers can also print their photos, share them online or quickly E-mail them without leaving the program.

The Plextor PlexWriter Premium-U drive is scheduled for shipment to distributors and resellers in North and South America in late September 2003.  The Premium-U drive has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $169.00 USD.  All retail packages include unlimited toll-free technical support and one-year full warranty. 

(http://www.plextor.com)

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Verbatim USB Drives Provide Fast Data Transfer Rate and Storage Capacities to 1GB

Verbatim Corporation announced that it is shipping new Store 'n' Go USB 2.0 Drives that support up to 8MB/sec read and 5MB/sec write performance on USB 2.0 systems. With the ability to transfer 256MB of data in about 30 seconds and provide capacities of up to 1GB, the new Store 'n' Go drives are believed to be the fastest and one of the highest-capacity USB 2.0 drives on the market. About the size of a AA battery, the drives are flash memory-based removable storage devices that are instantly recognized when plugged in to the USB port of a desktop or notebook PC. Verbatim's Store 'n' Go USB Drives also provide password security features1 and are backed by Verbatim's Lifetime Warranty.

Store 'n' Go's fast USB 2.0 specification ensures high performance on today's  fastest computers with USB 2.0 ports, while retaining full compatibility to USB  1.1 ports.  In addition to being Plug & Play-compatible with Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP or higher, as well as Macintosh 8.6 OS and higher operating systems, Store 'n' Go can also be used with Linux 2.4.0 and higher systems. With support for all three operating systems, Verbatim Store 'n' Go USB Drives provide true cross-platform compatibility and the easiest way to transfer files between notebooks or desktops, even with different operating systems.

To meet the security needs of USB drive users, the Store 'n' Go drives include  password protection and public/secure partitioning features. These features are  designed to prevent both unauthorized access to files and accidental erasure  of important files. The Manager software that is included with Store 'n' Go USB Drives can also be used to partition the drive into a public and a secure partition, so that sensitive data on the secure partition cannot be accessed, even if the drive is lost or stolen.

The Store 'n' Go USB Drive is immediately available with 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB and 1GB capacities. Suggested list prices range from $29 for 32MB to $349 for 1GB.  The complete package includes a Carry Lanyard, USB Extension Cable, CD with Security Features/Windows 98 Driver and a Quick Start Guide.

(http://www.verbatim.com)

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DMOD and Activated Content Announce Partnership to Offer Anti-Piracy Solution for Pre-Release Music

DMOD, Inc., a leading provider of secure digital media workflow and distribution solutions, and Activated Content Corporation, provider of watermarking and other audio technology service offerings, announced a strategic relationship to more tightly secure the music production process from pre-release piracy. Under terms of the agreement, DMOD and Activated Content will jointly market and sell a bundled offering of the DMOD WorkSpace ASP hosted service and ActivatedAudio Watermarking Suite. The bundled offering is the first to incorporate encryption, digital rights management (DRM), and watermarking features in a comprehensive solution that makes it easier to protect and trace digital assets throughout the production process.

DMOD WorkSpace provides persistent asset protection by combining industry-leading encryption technology with media access controls, or B2B digital rights management features, that define an individual's rights to playback media and/or export media. ActivatedAudio Watermarking Suite provides watermarking production, protection and distribution management features for any audio-inclusive content, such as music, movies and games. Together, the two offerings provide extended piracy protection by enabling traceability, or forensic tracking, of digital media securely distributed by DMOD. Once content is exported with the content owner's permission from DMOD WorkSpace, it can be identified via its unique watermark.

The DMOD - Activated Content bundle is available now. For more
information, contact DMOD at 877-918-7711.

(http://www.dmod.com), (http://www.activatedcontent.com)

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Univenture Announces the UniKeep CD 40

Univenture, Inc.,  manufacturer of media packaging solutions, announced that it has launched the UniKeep Disc 40. The new 40 disc, bookshelf-sized view case binder was developed in response to strong customer demand for a greater capacity version of the UniKeep Disc 10.

For business-to-business applications, the UniKeep Disc 40 is easy to ship and presents a significantly more cost effective media storage and display solution that is secured inside a durable bookshelf-sized binder. For a compelling brand packaging solution, the binder overlay or insert can be printed in a wide variety of custom designs and colors. The consumer public can also easily purchase a variety of Disc 10, 20, 40 and 80 view case binders online at www.univenture.com.

Easily storing up to 40 discs, this UniKeep product snaps shut to securely protect the contents inside. Product features include 10, four-disc Safety-sleeve® pages and an optional graphic / index page and pocket. Like all UniKeep™ products, the Disc 40 is made from durable 100% polypropylene and is curbside recyclable.


An eight-disc page is also available for the full sized UniKeep, providing storage for up to 80 discs in the 1-1/2" case binder, a 100 disc binder solution is offered as well. All UniKeep disc binder storage products are compatible with Univenture's Safety-sleeve disc storage pages.

The on-the-shelf convenience and easy shipping of the UniKeep Disc 40 has many commercial solutions such as presenting and packaging multiple CD music sets, books on disc or for data archival purposes.

(http://www.univenture.com)

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Media-Tech Showcase & Conference in Frankfurt, Germany Offers Two Days of Intensive Education and Networking

The upcoming Media-Tech Showcase & Conference will address current and anticipated business and technology challenges. Exhibitors and attendees from all over the world are expected at the showcase and conference event in Messe Frankfurt from October 21-22, 2003. Both exhibitors and attendees will gain a greater insight into new state-of-the-art technology as well as gain vital information to better develop global business strategies.

In order to fully address the needs of its members and visitors the MEDIA-TECH
Association created a steering committee consisting of executives from several key players in the media industry. The steering committee developed the conference theme and invited six visionaries to share their expertise on the global business and technology challenges facing the industry:

• Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg, Fraunhofer AEMT "mp3, MPEG4, DivX and more: Technologies for Future Consumer Electronics"
• Dr. Herman Borg, Philips, "The Next Step: Blue Laser Recording"
• Prof. Dr. Hubert Brückl, University of Bielefeld, Dep. of Physics,
"Memory and logic with magnetic tunnel junctions"
• NN, Stock Market Analyst, Expert for European Small/Mid Caps,
"Economical Trends in Optical Disc Industry" -
• Gabriel Fehervari, Alfacam, "Start of HDTV in Europe"
• Dr. Hartmut Richter, Thomson, "Blue Laser Data Storage"

Targeted towards senior management from every sector of the media manufacturing industry, the Media-Tech Showcase & Conference offers both a full conference and training sessions that will provide a host of in-depth presentations. 12 speakers from Flexplay, Philips, Plasmon, Sonopress, Sentinel, Spectra Systems, Warner, and CMP will be speaking on a variety of topics including: "New Optical Disc Formats", "Licensing & CD/DVD Standardization", "Marketing in DVD", "DVD Packaging", "Challenges of DVD+RW Production"; "NewFormats DVD-R and UDO", "Mediacoat™,
Unlocking the Playside of Optical Disc", "Authoring", "Flexplay DVD"

Additionally, workshops and a product Showcase are offered for increasing business contacts, speaking with technical experts and learning about the latest technology trends. The Workshops include brief 30-minute product spotlights focusing on new product solutions. The exhibition is held on both days, offering many product demonstrations and networking opportunities.

(http://www.media-tech.net)

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Planar Launches New Line of High-Performance Flat-Panel Monitors

Planar Systems, Inc., a worldwide leader in flat-panel display systems, is launching a new line of flat-panel monitors designed for a variety of applications used in government, education and corporate environments.  The PQ line, consisting of 15-, 17- and 19-inch models, delivers crisp text ideal for a variety of office applications.  The monitors are Section 508 compliant, meeting federal accessibility guidelines for people with disabilities.

The PQ line is backed by Planar's industry-leading "Customer First" warranty, featuring free 2-day-air advance replacement for 3 years.  The monitors also feature thin-bezel designs and built-in power supplies for greater space savings.

The 15-inch PQ150 is ideal for education and training purposes.  Its folding desk stand enables users to push back on the top of the display's bezel, rotating the screen parallel to the ceiling and lowering it to the desk. This feature is especially useful in a classroom environment where instructors can ensure the undivided attention of students.  The 17-inch PQ170 offers a super-fast, 16-millisecond response time for bright and crisp video images in multiple-monitor or wall-mounted installations and includes the foldable desk stand as well.  The 19-inch PQ191 boasts a 700:1 contrast ratio and DVI compatibility for exceptional color performance and Planar's new 360-degree swivel base for collaborative viewing and customer service applications.  The 19-inch model also offers a two-port USB hub for easily connecting a wide variety of peripherals, such as digital cameras and keyboards.

Planar's PQ150 and PQ170 are available for immediate delivery and the PQ191 will be available on August 29, 2003.  Further details on each model and links to resellers can be found at www.planar.com.  All monitors come with standard VESA wall-mount compatibility.

PQ150:
15-inch diagonal screen
350:1 contrast ratio
250 Nit brightness
Foldable desk stand
$339 MSRP

PQ170:
17-inch diagonal screen
400:1 contrast ratio
250 Nit brightness
Foldable desk stand
$509 MSRP

PQ191:
19-inch diagonal screen
700:1 contrast ratio
300 Nit brightness
360-degree swivel base
2-port USB hub
$739 MSRP

(http://www.planar.com)

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DivX Certified KiSS DP-500 Networked DVD Player Now Available

The first officially DivX Certified DVD player, the KiSS DP-500, is now available for sale on www.divx.com. The DP-500, powered by the EM8550 DVD processor from Sigma Designs, is a network-connected DVD player from KiSS Technology that is capable of playing back DivX video, including versions 3.xx, 4.xx and 5.xx. DivX.com is the first retail channel in the United States to offer the DP-500 for sale at the price of U.S. $299.

The "DivX Certified" badge ensures consumers that a device will play back DivX video content (including DivX 3.11) at the highest possible level of visual quality. The KiSS DP-500 is the first network-capable DVD player to offer DivX playback, enabling users to download DivX content from the Internet and then play it directly on a television.

In addition to supporting DivX video technology, the DP-500 offers a number of cutting-edge features, including progressive scan, Ethernet 10/100, Internet radio streaming, PC-Link, support for DVD, SVCD, VCD, CD, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, CD-RW & DVD-RW/+RW playback, and a photo album feature that enables users to view digital photos on a television.

(http://www.divx.com)

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DVideosystems to Distribute nNovia Product Lines

nNovia Inc., a Silicon Valley OEM manufacturer of professional Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) and other complimentary DV products, announced today that it has signed a North American distribution agreement with DVideosystems.com, LLC, a supplier of the highest quality digital video equipment, software, and accessories to videographers and digital content creators.

Later this month, DVideosystems will partner with nNovia in Booth #203 of WEVA's Wedding & Event Video Expo in Las Vegas, Nev. The companies will  demonstrate nNovia's first three products: QuickCapture, a wearable or camera-mounted IEEE-1394 DV-to-disk-drive recorder; FireSwitch, a "glitch-free" asynchronous, IEEE-1394 DV 4x1 switcher; and SmartHub, a user-selectable 6-port IEEE-1394 configurable hub/router.

(http://www.nnovia.com)

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