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Iomega announces new 12x Dual Format DVD Writers

  • 12 August, 2004 15:32

<p>SYDNEY, August 12, 2004 – Iomega Corporation (NYSE: IOM), a global leader in data storage, today introduced the new Iomega® Super DVD Writer 12x Dual-Format EIDE/ATAPI Drive and the Iomega Super DVD Writer 12x Dual-Format USB 2.0 Drive, the latter being a double layer DVD drive. The Iomega Super DVD Writer 12x Dual-Format USB 2.0 Drive is the first in a new generation of external Iomega DVD recorders that can store up to 8.5GB* on a single DVD+R DL (double layer) disc.</p>
<p>“Iomega’s storage solutions are well-known for their ease-of-use and the bundled software, and these two latest Super DVD Writers are no different,” said Chris McPherson, managing director, Asia Pacific, Iomega Pacific. “Together with an outstanding collection of software, the new drives give users a convenient tool for managing their videos, data, music and photos.”</p>
<p>New 8.5GB Capacity with the USB 2.0 Drive</p>
<p>DVD+R DL discs have two recording layers rather than one, providing users with 8.5GB total capacity, or 80 percent more than the previous generation of 4.7GB DVD discs. This new capacity confers a number of important benefits:</p>
<p>Users can store DVD-quality home video at higher bit rates, improving picture resolution and quality.
Businesses can archive up to 12 CDs worth of data on a single DVD+R DL disc, reducing cost and complexity.
IT departments can build system images for their client PCs.
Filmmakers can master and test new DVD titles using inexpensive discs before pressing a batch of discs with traditional equipment.</p>
<p>Key Features</p>
<p>Both Iomega’s Super DVD Writer 12x Dual-Format Drives are quick and easy to set up, operate and share among multiple computers and operating systems, making it an excellent choice for virtually any writable disc format, including CDs, single-layer DVDs, and double-layer DVDs for the USB 2.0 drive.</p>
<p>Supported formats for the USB 2.0 drive include DVD+R and DVD+RW (12x4x12x write, rewrite, and DVD-ROM speeds), DVD-R and DVD-RW (8x4x12x), and CD-R and CD-RW discs (40x24x40x), and formats supported by the EIDE/ATAPI drive include DVD+R and DVD+RW (12x4x12x write, rewrite, and DVD-ROM speeds), DVD-R and DVD-RW (8x4x12x), and CD-R and CD-RW discs (48x24x48x). Ripping music CDs is also faster than ever, thanks to 40x digital audio extraction.</p>
<p>The new drives also feature buffer underrun protection for reliable burns and come with the Iomega DVD Solutions Wizard, which takes the guesswork out of recording tasks by helping users select the appropriate software and type of disc for different tasks.</p>
<p>The DVD+R DL Standard</p>
<p>DVD+R DL recording technology is a “write-once” recording technology that was developed by Philips and media manufacturer MKM. It has been adopted by the DVD+RW Alliance, whose members include Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Mitsubishi Chemical/Verbatim, Philips, Ricoh, Sony, Thomson, Yamaha and Microsoft.</p>
<p>The double-layer disc format consists of two recording layers of organic dye film. The top layer is semi-transparent, allowing the recording laser to focus on either the top layer or the bottom layer. When recording data, the laser heats microscopic regions on one of the recording layers, creating permanent dots in the organic dye film. The resulting data can be read in virtually any standard DVD player or DVD-ROM drive.</p>
<p>Software</p>
<p>Bundled software includes Iomega’s DVD Solutions Wizard, Iomega Automatic Backup, Iomega HotBurn® Pro, Sonic™ MyDVD® video-editing software, Sonic Cineplayer™ software for the highest quality video playback, MusicMatch® Jukebox music management software and Adobe® Photoshop Album™ Starter Edition. For Mac® OS users, CharisMac® Discribe™ and MusicMatch software are included.</p>
<p>Iomega’s DVD Solutions Wizard launches directly from the desktop and takes the guesswork out of writing DVDs by helping users select the appropriate software and type of disc for different tasks.</p>
<p>Iomega Automatic Backup software provides continuous real-time backup to any drive letter, the ability to save multiple revisions and keep multiple backup sets on different destination drives, the ability to exclude files by file type, to schedule backups, and to cache backups temporarily.</p>
<p>Iomega’s HotBurn Pro software complements Windows® XP by adding true drag-and-drop file recording, an integrated console interface, integrated DVD and CD copying and imaging, compilation creation, and a jewel case editor. Added features include a graphical audio layout editor; pop, click and hiss removal filters; and bootable CD creation.</p>
<p>Price, Availability, and Requirements</p>
<p>Iomega Super DVD Writer 12x Dual-Format EIDE/ATAPI Drive is now available, priced at AUD$269 RRP</p>
<p>Iomega Super DVD Writer 12x Dual-Format USB 2.0 Drive is now available, priced at AUD$499 RRP</p>
<p>The new drives are compatible with Microsoft® Windows® 98SE, 2000, Me, or XP; and Mac® OS 10.2.7 or newer with a Macintosh G4 or faster with built-in USB 2.0 connection (single-layer recordable support only with Mac OS – 4.7GB per disc).</p>
<p>In Australia, Iomega's distributors are Ingram Micro and Tech Pacific.</p>
<p>Product For Review</p>
<p>Please contact Jennifer Thurgate, Infinity Communications regarding reviewing the 12x Dual Format DVD Writer.</p>
<p>About Iomega
Iomega Corporation provides easy-to-use, high-value storage solutions to help people protect, secure, capture and share their valuable digital information. Iomega’s award-winning storage products include the new Iomega REVä 35GB Drive, popular Zip® 100MB, 250MB and 750MB Drives, high-performance Iomega HDD External Hard Drives in desktop and portable configurations, Iomega Mini USB Drives and Micro Miniä USB Drives, Iomega® internal and external CD-RW Drives, Iomega Super DVD Drives including the Iomega Super DVD QuikTouchä Video Burner, and the Iomega Floppy USB-Powered Drives. Iomega simplifies data protection and sharing at home and in the workplace with Iomega Automatic Backup software, Iomega Sync software, HotBurn® CD-recording software, and Active Disk™ technology. For networks, Iomega NAS servers offer capacities of 160GB to 1TB. The Company can be reached on the Web at http://www.iomega-asia.com.</p>
<p>* Please note that this is for your information only, and all enquiries should still be directed to the media contacts reflected at the top of the release - thank you.</p>
<p>NOTE: The statements contained in this release regarding development, production and distribution of the new Iomega Super DVD Writer 12x Dual-Format USB 2.0 and Iomega Super DVD Writer 12x Dual-Format EIDE/ATAPI Drives, anticipated product pricing, availability, and shipping dates, expected product performance and specifications, future applications for the new product and all other statements that are not purely historical, are forward‑looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All such forward‑looking statements are based upon information available to Iomega as of the date hereof, and Iomega disclaims any intention or obligation to update any such forward‑looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from current expectations. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, the successful completion of product development and testing, market acceptance of, and demand for, the Iomega product, any difficulties encountered in ramping up production or other manufacturing issues, including component availability and pricing, co-development, production, and distribution issues, product pricing and conformity to specifications, dependence upon third party suppliers, competition, intellectual property rights and other risks and uncertainties identified in the reports filed from time to time by Iomega with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including Iomega's Annual Report on Form 10‑K for the year ended December 31, 2003, and its most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.</p>
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<p>* 1 GB = 1 billion bytes.</p>
<p>Copyright© 2004 Iomega Corporation. All rights reserved. Iomega, REV, Zip, Micro Mini, QuikTouch, Hotburn, and Active Disk are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Iomega Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Certain other product names, brand names and company names may be trademarks or designations of their respective owners.</p>

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