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Leading digital technology specialist, Traxdata, has chosen Ideal Hardware, subsidiary of US based Bell Microproducts Inc., as the exclusive UK IT distributor for mStation, the first dedicated in-car digital jukebox.

With 10GB capacity and built-in 1 MB buffer RAM, mStation has the capability to store up to 3,000 music tracks (around 200 CDs) and operates from a unit no larger than a CD autochanger. Using a PC and the supplied custom version of Real Jukebox software, transferring the average CD to mStation takes less than eight minutes. mStation also allows the user to download authorised tracks from the Internet and, MP3 technology allows tracks to be stored in a highly compressed format whilst maintaining digital quality sound.

“Ideal has a proven track record of success with Traxdata products, our No. 1 status in the UK CD-R market is testimony to this, and makes Ideal the natural choice as the sole IT distributor of the mStation,” comments Robin Hamilton, director of marketing at Traxdata. He continues: “The launch of mStation fronts our 2001 drive into the digital storage market and with Ideal as our channel partner, we’re looking forward to further success.”

Gordon Milner, Ideal’s sales director, comments: “The addition of the mStation to our digital storage portfolio enhances our consumer product offering and compliments our range of DVD, CD-R and CD-RW removable storage offerings from a range of premier vendors. We are delighted to be given exclusive distribution rights of the mStation and our dedicated sales team is committed to the continuing success of Traxdata solutions.”

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For further information please contact:

Grace Beesley
Ideal Hardware
020 8286 5416
gbeesley@ideal.co.uk

Mellissa Dorrell
Ideal Hardware Press Office
020 7375 3633
mdorrell@metro-media.co.uk


Editor's Note:

About Traxdata

The Traxdata brand of digital technology products ranges from a comprehensive selection of both CD-R and DVD discs to the TraxAudio mStation, the ‘in-car’ digital jukebox. All Traxdata products facilitate life in an increasingly digital world. In this area, Traxdata is a proven international market leader and its products combine essential core technologies, innovation and excellent price performance. For more information, go to http://www.traxdata.com


About Ideal Hardware Limited

Ideal Hardware Limited, the wholly owned subsidiary of US based Bell Microproducts Inc., is a leading UK based value-added, storage-centric distributor focusing on the high end of the storage market. Ideal is also a leading distributor of Compaq servers, PCs and storage products and is one of only 12 Compaq distributors worldwide to be awarded the prestigious CIP accreditation for high-end products. Ideal has strategic relationships with approximately 80 suppliers of Enterprise storage, computer systems, software and media products. These strategic products are packaged with Ideal's value-added programmes and services to provide complete NAS, SAS and SAN solutions. For more information visit http://www.ideal.co.uk

Bell Microproducts Inc is an international value-added provider of a wide range of high technology products, solutions, and services to the industrial and commercial marketplace. The company's offering includes semiconductors, computer platforms, peripherals, and storage products of various types including desktop, high-end computer and storage subsystems, fibre channel connectivity products, RAID, NAS and SAN storage systems and back-up products. Bell Microproducts is an industry-recognized specialist in storage products and is one of the world's largest storage-centric value-added distributors.

The company's products are available at any level of integration from components, to subsystem assemblies, to fully integrated, tested and certified system solutions. The company adds value with a broad range of services including testing, software loading, kitting, mass storage system integration, and computer system integration. Trained and certified technical personnel complete each of these processes at Bell Microproducts' ISO 9002 facilities. Bell Microproducts markets and distributes more than 150 brand name product lines, as well as its own BellStor storage and Trademark(R) computer brands, to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), contract electronic manufacturing services (EMS) customers, value-added resellers (VARs) and system integrators in the Americas and Europe. More information can be found in SEC filings, or by visiting the Bell Microproducts Web site at http://www.bellmicro.com

Note: This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements, which reflect the Company's current views of future events and financial performance, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results or facts to differ materially from such statements for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to: the ability to successfully integrate the operations of recent acquisitions, industry conditions, changes in product supply, pricing, and customer demand, competition, other vagaries in the computer and electronic components markets, changes in relationships with key suppliers, foreign currency fluctuations and the other risks and information described from time to time in the company's reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (including the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Current Reports on Form 8-K regarding this and other transactions). Investors should take such risks into account when making investment decisions. Shareholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. The company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements.


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