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Kenwood Technologies Shatters CD-ROM Speed Limit With the Kenwood 72X TrueX™ CD-ROM Drive!

Kenwood's Third Generation CD-ROM uses Zen's TrueX™ Technology to Deliver the World's Highest Performance Transfer Rates

San Jose, CA, October 25, 1999-- Today Kenwood Technologies (USA), Inc. announces the Kenwood 72X TrueX™ CD-ROM drive, their third high performance drive based on Zen Research's TrueX™ technology. The Kenwood 72X TrueX CD-ROM drive delivers an unparalleled sustained transfer rate ranging from 6.75MB/sec. to 10.8MB/sec. across the entire disc. Like all TrueX CD-ROM drives, the 72X TrueX reads 7 tracks of data in parallel. It employs Partial Constant Angular Velocity (PCAV) for optimum performance. Unlike a 56X "Max" drive that rotates at over 11,000 RPMs with excessive noise and vibration, the 72X TrueX drive's revolutionary design virtually eliminates vibration and noise while rotating at only 5,100 to 2,700 RPMs

"With the Kenwood 72X TrueX CD-ROM drive, users can be assured that they are getting the highest transfer rate attainable in the market today for their CD based applications and data such as 3D games, data visualization, desktop publishing, software installation, and digital audio extraction," said A. J. Hart, Senior Vice President at Kenwood Technologies.

"Reading several tracks in parallel is an elegant way to improve the data rate without spinning the disc faster. With this technology Kenwood raises the bar for CD and DVD drive performance," said Wolfgang Schlichting, Research Manager of International Data Corporation.

Kenwood TrueX CD-ROM drives have won over 20 awards in less than one year and continue to set the industry performance standard. The Kenwood 72X TrueX CD-ROM drive builds on the success of the preceding 52X TrueX and 42X TrueX drives in the aftermarket channel.

Kenwood's 72X TrueX CD-ROM drive embodies Kenwood's competitive advantage of being faster, quieter, and more reliable than other drives. The 72X TrueX drive delivers a performance range of 45X to 72X across the entire disc, unlike an advertised 56X "Max" CD-ROM drive that performs at 24X on its innermost tracks and claims performance of 56X on its outermost tracks (if the disc is full). The Kenwood 72X TrueX CD-ROM drive offers a more reliable flow of data to the user with rotational speeds that are less than half that of a 56X "Max" drive, enabling precise readability of media with limited vibration. Zen's TrueX technology allows the Kenwood 72X TrueX to read multiple tracks concurrently, resulting in a faster, quieter, and more reliable CD-ROM drive.

Kenwood 72X TrueX CD-ROM drives are available today at a suggested retail price of $129.95.
Kenwood TrueX CD-ROM drives are available in bulk pack, white box, and retail box through Kenwood distributors including Merisel, Tech Data , D & H, CONSAN GATES/ARROW, and ICG. Kenwood products are also available from reseller partners including CompUSA, Fry's Electronics, Micro Center, CDW, and MicroWarehouse. In March of this year, Kenwood announced Compaq Computer as its first PC OEM to incorporate Kenwood's TrueX CD-ROM drives in their product offerings.

About Kenwood Technologies

Kenwood Corporation was established in 1946, and is a world-renowned manufacturer of consumer audio and communications equipment with annual revenues of more than 3 billion dollars. In 1997, Kenwood Corporation established Kenwood Technologies (USA), Inc., with headquarters in San Jose, California, as a new division to launch Kenwood into the computer and technology sector. Products include a line of award-winning high performance TrueX CD-ROM drives-- 42X TrueX, 52X TrueX, 52X TrueX SCSI, and 72X TrueX-- as well as the CL-501 and CL-701 multimedia speaker systems. Additional information about Kenwood Technologies is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.kenwoodtech.com.

Zen, TrueX and Multibeam are trademarks of Zen Research N.V. and its affiliates in the United States and other countries.

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