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Smart and Friendly Announces Industry's Fastest CD-RW with 24x Playback

CD TurboWriter RW Balances High-Speed Performance with Versatility

CHATSWORTH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 15, 1999--Smart and Friendly, the industry's largest privately held manufacturer of CD-Recorder and CD-ReWritable products, announced Tuesday the new CD TurboWriter RW (TM) with 6x Write, 4x ReWrite and 24x Playback capability.

Leading the market as the industry's first CD-RW solution to record a full 650MB CD in less than 12 minutes, the CD TurboWriter RW is ideal for the growing high performance demands of individuals, corporate, and power users.

This next-generation CD-RW solution includes a broad range of popular software applications and utilities providing users with a low cost, industry standard solution for multiple applications.

Offering high-speed recording for pennies per megabyte, the CD TurboWriter RW is the ideal next-step solution for novices and professionals who want to create, record, edit, ReWrite, archive, manage and share not just data, but music, photos and video on a single, removable, 650MB disc.

The CD TurboWriter RW's 2MB buffer ensures smooth, uninterrupted file transfer and flawless playback. With nearly 800 million CD drives and audio players installed worldwide, Smart and Friendly's new CD TurboWriter RW is also an excellent solution for low-cost duplication and distribution of databases and training videos.

"The CD TurboWriter RW provides consumers with a choice," said Perry Solomon, president and chief executive officer of Smart and Friendly. "Users can buy a 6x4x24 from us and get more powerful software, more speed, more convenience and more performance for about the same price they would pay for a 4x4x24 from someone else."

Software applications include:

	    --   Adaptec Easy CD Creator Standard Edition: Enables users to
create music, audio, data, video or mixed-mode CDs. Easy CD
Creator runs on Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.0.

	    --   Adaptec Toast for MacIntosh: (available in external model
only) Users can create data, audio or multimedia CDs with
just a few mouse clicks. This application enables users to
compile favorite audio tracks from different sources as well
as store and distribute data files, graphics, images and
video quickly and easily.

	    --   PowerQuest Drive Image: Drive Image is the leading backup
and disaster recovery software package on the market today.
Drive Image enables the user to create bootable CD-R or
CD-RW discs for disaster recovery or for hard drive upgrade
that can be run on any CD-ROM drive. PowerQuest Drive Image
also gives users the flexibility to back up selected
partitions or an entire disc to CD-R or CD-RW media. For
discs larger than the capacity of one CD-R disc, back up
data can be spanned across multiple CD-R or CD-RW discs.

	    --   Sonic Foundry CD Architect: Writes studio-quality audio CDs,
samples audio from compact discs, records from DAT
cartridges or digitizes material through a
Windows-compatible sound card. Provides extensive support
for PQ editing -- including track times, adjusting gaps
between tracks from 0 to unlimited seconds, and printed cue
sheets.

	    --   Sonic Foundry Sound Forge XP: Composes professional-quality
digital audio files with more than 25 digital audio effects
and processes. Sound Forge also lets users incorporate audio
into web page design.

	    --   Diamond Cut Audio Restoration Tools 32: Cleans up clicks and
pops from phonograph record source audio; removes hiss from
cassette and reel to reel tape, and enhances CD audio
recordings. Audio enhancement capabilities produce excellent
audio masters for recording to CD.

	    --   MediaPath MediaAgent: The most comprehensive software-only
CD-ROM, network access and management solution. Efficiently
find, use and manage CD-ROM resources.

	    --   ECI Disc Inspector Pro: A complete utility package ensures
that your discs are written correctly. Disc Inspector Pro
includes data compare, lost session recovery, CD Table of
Contents display, and more.

	    --   Smart and Friendly CD Consultant: Simplifies the
installation process. This utility gives users the ability
to automatically install the software applications they
select from among those received with the CD TurboWriter RW.
For Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT 4.0.

For easy integration into Windows NT, Windows 95/98, and Macintosh-based environments, the CD TurboWriter RW External features a Plug-and-Play PCI SCSI 2 host adapter with external connectors for easy hook-up of as many as seven SCSI devices.

The internal version of the CD TurboWriter RW features an ultra fast ATAPI connection. Both versions will begin shipping in June and will have an estimated street price (ESP) of $349 for the internal solution and $449 for the external solution.

About Smart and Friendly: Smart and Friendly Inc. is recognized as the industry's largest privately held manufacturer of CD-Recordable, CD-ReWritable, CD-ROM, and optical storage technology. The company was recently named the country's Number One Supplier to Retail of CD-Recorders and CD-ReWritable products by Personal Technology Research (PTR), publishers of the HOT Market Monitor USA.

Smart and Friendly was also selected by NewMedia Magazine as one of the digital media industry's most influential suppliers, and placed on the NewMedia 500 List. Smart and Friendly President and Chief Executive Officer Perry Solomon was recently named to the board of directors, serving as chairman of the Marketing Development Committee, of the Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA).

Smart and Friendly products are available at leading retail outlets including American TV, Best Buy, CDW, CompUSA, ComputAbility, Damark, DataVision, Fred Meyer, Fry's Electronics, the good guys!, Insight Direct, J&R Computer World, Micro Center, MicroWarehouse, Nationwide Computers, Nebraska Furniture Mart, PC Connection, Staples and Wal*Mart and to resellers through D&H, Ingram Micro, Merisel, and Tech Data. Smart and Friendly products are available internationally through a network of in-country distributors and globally through CHS, Ingram Micro and Tech Data.

For product and sales information, contact Smart and Friendly at 20520 Nordhoff Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311; http://www.smartandfriendly.com.

Phone 800/959-7001 or 818/772-8001, fax 818/772-2888. Smart and Friendly also offers free technical support over a toll-free line.

Keywords: Adaptec, CD-R, CD-ROM, CD-RW, Hewlett Packard, H-P, NewMedia, OSTA, Personal Technology Research, Philips, Recordable, ReWritable, Smart and Friendly, Sonic Foundry, storage, Yamaha, Zip

Smart and Friendly is a registered trademark and CD TurboWriter RW is a trademark of Smart and Friendly Inc. Any other product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.


Contact:
     Smart and Friendly Inc. (company)
     Perry Solomon, 818/772-8001
      [email protected]
      www.smartandfriendly.com
 or
     Beyond Words Ltd. (editorial)
     Tracy Laidlaw, 602/569-0222
      [email protected]



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