VividLogic’s FireBus* HAVi software delivers compatibility between world’s first consumer IEEE 1394 hard drive-based DVR subsystem from Maxtor and networked digital home A/V devices
MILPITAS, Calif., April 23, 2001 - Maxtor Corporation (NASDAQ:MXTR), a leading supplier of information storage solutions, and VividLogic, Inc., a leading provider of digital entertainment software, today announced the compatibility of the Maxtor QuickView* IEEE 1394 DVR Subsystem with industry standard, home audio video interoperability (HAVi) based digital TVs and set-top boxes (STBs) using VividLogic FireBus software.
The Maxtor QuickView subsystem is the world’s first hard drive-powered, self-contained isochronous digital video recording (DVR) solution for consumers that integrate quickly and simply over a 1394-based home network. VividLogic’s FireBus HAVi software allows STBs to recognise and control consumer electronics (CE) products, such as the Maxtor DVR subsystem, over an IEEE 1394-based home network.
“Compatibility between Maxtor and VividLogic technologies marks a significant step toward the interoperability of all digital home entertainment appliances,” said Tex Schenkkan, Maxtor’s senior vice president, Consumer Electronics Business and business development. “The digital home is converging with new products such as digital TVs and digital video recorders that can all be controlled over a IEEE 1394 home network. Joining forces with VividLogic will further accelerate the time to market for interoperable devices and help make this all-digital home network a closer reality.”
“HAVi technology will allow CE manufacturers to seamlessly integrate Maxtor’s DVR functionality into their digital A/V devices,” said Shiva Patibanda, CEO VividLogic. “FireBus HAVi software allows IEEE 1394 devices to be networked and simply controlled by each other, eliminating the coffee table clutter of multiple remote controls.”
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics of America recently announced the fall introduction of several HDTVs with integrated digital receivers, IEEE 1394 high-speed serial bus circuitry and HAVi control software.
“Our recently announced HDTVs are designed to provide the necessary functionality, infrastructure and interoperability to host compliant HAVi devices like the Maxtor QuickView IEEE 1394 DVR Subsystem,” said Robert A. Perry, director of marketing, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics of America. “Products like Maxtor’s DVR subsystem connected to the A/V IEEE 1394 network will explode in popularity, providing the ability to have PVR functionality for a variety of sources. Consumers are expected to rapidly adopt IEEE 1394 technology for their entertainment devices, and hard-disk recording will be a key feature in most entertainment networks.”
The Maxtor QuickView IEEE 1394 subsystem features an embedded file system and stream manager that provides dual-stream play and record, trick play, live broadcast pause and live instant replay of digital video. Using Maxtor QuickView isochronous recording and play back technology, frame-accurate A/V streaming is managed within the drive itself, enabling simple, add-on DVR functionality.
Maxtor welcomes VividLogic to the Maxtor A/V Solutions Alliance, which allows a wide array of CE manufacturers to come to market rapidly with next-generation digital products.
Maxtor intends to utilise the Maxtor A/V Solutions Alliance to create additional relationships with industry-leading companies to address the growing demands of hard drive-based recording and storage applications within the CE market. The Alliance is designed to serve as a one-stop industry resource for DVR hardware, software, development, integration and testing services.
Maxtor and VividLogic will demonstrate an IEEE 1394 and HAVi-based home network at this year’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) tradeshow, which began today in Las Vegas. The Maxtor booth is located in the Sands Convention Center, booth S3537. The companies will use a Teralogic STB equipped with VividLogic FireBus Software and demonstrate the interoperability of the Maxtor DVR subsystem with the STB.
Maxtor Corporation (www.maxtor.com) is one of the world’s leading suppliers of information storage solutions. The company has an expansive line of storage products for desktop computers, network storage, high-performance Intel-based servers, and consumer electronics. Maxtor has a reputation of being a proven market leader built by providing consistent high-quality products, and service and support for its customers. Maxtor and its products can be found at www.maxtor.com or by calling toll-free (800) 2-MAXTOR. Maxtor is traded on the NASDAQ under the MXTR symbol. Maxtor will transfer its listing to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the MXO symbol effective on or close to April 30, 2001.
VividLogic Inc. is a leading provider of Digital Entertainment Infrastructure for Digital TVs and Set Top Boxes based on IEEE 1394 and HAVi software. The company's innovative FireBus stack powers the next generation of CE devices in the digital home. FireBus is a comprehensive, off-the-shelf solution designed specifically to build Digital Products such as Digital TVs, Set Top Boxes, Printers, DVDs, Digital Video Recorders, Residential Gateway, etc. The software comes complete with a highly portable HAVi (Full, Intermediate and Base Audio Video) software stack (including Java based org.havi.ui), On Screen Display using EIA 775, Copy Protection based on 5C, AVC Commands, IEC 61883 protocol, Portable IEEE 1394 device drivers that support different IEEE 1394 chip sets and Operating Systems. For additional information about VividLogic, visit http://www.vividlogic.com.
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This release contains forward-looking statements concerning Maxtor products. These statements are based on current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties which could materially affect the company's results, including, but not limited to, risks in Maxtor’s ability to successfully bring the products to market, market demand for and acceptance of the products, the company's ability to execute production ramps, changes in product and customer mix, pricing trends, and actions by competitors. These and other risk factors are contained in periodic reports filed by Maxtor Corporation with the Securities Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, Maxtor’s Form 10-K for fiscal 2000, recent Forms 10-Q and the registration statement on Form S-4 related to the combination with Quantum HDD. Maxtor is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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