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Fantom Drives to Distribute Panasonic DVD-RAM Drive
MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 31, 1999--Panasonic Industrial Company announced today that it has signed Fantom Drives Inc., a leading value-added distributor of mass storage solutions, to distribute its LF-D101 DVD-RAM drive.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif., Fantom Drives focuses on solving storage requirements with multimedia and mass storage solutions that combine advanced technology with superior customer service and support.

The Panasonic LF-D101 is an internal SCSI-II DVD-RAM drive that provides a removable, rewritable storage capacity of 2.6GB on a single-layered disc and 5.2GB on a double-layered disc. Surpassing the capacity and delicate nature of traditional magnetic storage media, the drives combine the durability of optical storage, the flexibility of ultra-high capacity removable storage and outstanding price/performance.

The LF-D101 is ideal for storing graphics, scanned photos, illustrations, and animated designs, as well as real-time videos, commercials, Web sites and large data files. With a storage cost of $.008 to $.009/MB, the rugged, removable media can also be used for backup and low-cost distribution of large files such as catalogs, service manuals, data bases or training films.

"We strongly believe that DVD will be the optical storage medium of choice for the information age," noted Rezza Zaimi, Fantom Drives General Manager. "We're seeing a dramatic increase in the demand for DVD-RAM drives as a new set of interactive and video-enabled applications begin to emerge. Individuals and organizations are using rewritable DVD for digital content development, backup, graphic design, illustration and effects programs as well as multimedia, prepress and printing solutions. With rewrite capabilities as well as its removability, resistance to rough handling and long data life, DVD-RAM is ideal for these demanding applications."

Zaimi also attributes the increasing demand for the Panasonic DVD-RAM drive to the fact that it combines high capacity and a low storage cost with broad support for CD and DVD technology. The LF-D101 drive can read from discs currently accepted by CD-ROM, CD Audio, CD-R, CD-RW and video CD drives, as well as DVD-ROM, DVD video, and DVD-R drives.

"Fantom Drives has years of experience in providing the service and support that are needed to succeed in today's complex computing arena," said Jeff Saake, Group General Manager, Panasonic Industrial Co., Computer Technology Group. "Their support and commitment to customer service are key differentiators." Saake added that Panasonic has already provided Fantom Drives' sales and support staffs with training so they can provide their customers with immediate assistance.

Saake noted that Fantom Drives are also helping the market realize the benefits of the convergence of personal computing and home entertainment with enhanced Fantom Drives DVD Home Theater kits. The kits include a DVD-RAM drive and a high-quality MPEG-2 decoder card. Compatible with any PCI-based Mac computer, the DVD-Video kit can play DVD movie titles in a window on the desktop, full screen (up to 1600x1200) or on an NTSC/PAL TV.

The DVD-Video kit also includes line-doubler technology used in high-end projection TV circuitry and full-frame, letterbox and "pan & scan" video modes as well as Dolby Digital AC-3 audio, multiple language/subtitle support and the ability to play both MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 titles.

Corporate Profiles

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Fantom Drives is a data storage company dedicated to extending the reach of computer technology. The company's current product line includes CD duplication, CD-ROM, CD-R/RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, hard drive, magneto-optical, RAID, removable storage, tape and USB-based storage solutions. For more information on the Panasonic DVD-RAM and Fantom Drives DVD-Video solution, call 310/474-1685, fax 310/441-9320, email [email protected] or visit www.fantomdrives.com.

The Panasonic DVD-RAM OEM drive is manufactured by Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (MEI) (NYSE/PCX:MC), one of the world's leading producers of CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drives and other digital electronic products. The drives are marketed by the company's principal North American subsidiary, Matsushita Electric Corp. of America.

For more information on the Panasonic DVD-RAM OEM drive and media, contact Panasonic Industrial Company, 1600 McCandless Drive, Milpitas, CA 95035; 408/945-5600, FAX 408/262-4214, E-mail [email protected]. Or, visit the company's Web site at www.panasonic.com/oemdvd-ram.

For Panasonic-brand DVD-RAM drives and media, contact Panasonic Document Imaging Company, Two Panasonic Way 7D-9, Secaucus, NJ 07030; 201/348-7282, E-mail [email protected].

In Canada, contact Panasonic Canada, Ambler Drive, Mississauga, Ontario L4W 2T3, Canada; 905/238-2254, FAX 905/238-2414, E-mail [email protected].

Fantom Drives Corporation is not a part or in any way legally affiliated with Panasonic Industrial Company. Panasonic Industrial Company assumes no responsibility for the performance of or customer satisfaction with Fantom Drives products. All company and/or product names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective manufacturers. Features, pricing, availability and specifications are subject to change without notice.


Contact:
     For Panasonic
     Andy Marken, 408/986-0100
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