KENWOOD ANNOUNCES NEW
PARTNERS IN EUROPE
Kenwood Technologies New Major European Partners Keep
up with Demand for TrueX High Speed CD-ROM Drives
San Jose, CA,
February1, 2000-- Kenwood Technologies (USA), Inc.
announces today its new European partners for European
distribution of the new Kenwood 72X TrueX CD-ROM
drive (ATAPI), the company's third high performance drive
based on Zen Research's TrueXtechnology.
"Demand for high speed CD-ROM drives continue to excel in
Europe," said vice president of marketing Thomas Hatcher.
"In order to ensure that customers receive the best
support possible, Kenwood Technologies goes to great
lengths to establish strong partners that have
reputations of high quality and integrity."
Key partnerships have been established with Partners In
Europe based in Ireland and Open-E in Germany.
"Partners in Europe is delighted to be working with
Kenwood Technologies (USA). We see tremendous
opportunities for sales with these very hot and exciting
products in the European market. Kenwood is a name that
is well respected in Europe. Consumers will be happy to
be associated with high quality, superior products," said
Kieran Sheahan CEO of Partners in Europe.
Partners in Europe will be supporting all European
countries from their Irish headquarters, with the
exclusion of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Eastern
Europe, which will be handled by Open-E in Germany.
"Finally customers in Europe can benefit not only from
TrueX technology and Kenwood's award winning line of fast
CD-ROM drives, but also the local support that Open-E
provides," said Krzysztof Franek, managing director of
Open-E. "We believe that this alliance will provide a
distinct benefit for the European customer base."
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, with a
burst data transfer rate of 33MB/sec. The 72X TrueX
reads 7 tracks of data in parallel and 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
"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
graphics-intensive applications 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'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 claims
to perform at 24X on its innermost tracks and 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 and at a calmer pace, resulting in less
noise and vibration.
Kenwood TrueX CD-ROM drives have won over 20 awards in
less than one year and continues 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, and is a TrueX
CD-ROM option under several Compaq desktop
Kenwood 72X TrueX (ATAPI) CD-ROM drives will be available
in February at a recommended retail price of ¤130
before VAT. Kenwood TrueX CD-ROM drives are available in
bulk pack or retail box in Europe through Kenwood's
European Partners Open-e and Partners In Europe.
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.
Partners in Europe was founded in 1993 to provide
overseas manufacturers of high quality OEM & retail
computer products, with a Pan European Virtual Subsidiary
solution to sell and service their products resulting in
incremental sales and profits. Partners in Europe
maintain its ISO 9002 Certified European Headquarters in
Zen, TrueX and Multibeam are trademarks of Zen Research
N.V. and its affiliates in the United States and other
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