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KODAK PHOTO CD DISCS WILL COME IN SMALLER SIZE

 ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- As new, smaller-format CD-ROM drives begin appearing in laptop and notebook computers, Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) unveiled plans to offer a smaller version of its popular Photo CD disc.
 The 80 mm disc format will complement the original, 120 mm Photo CD discs that have become widely accepted by the computer industry during the past year. Kodak announced its intent to support the 80 mm format at the COMDEX Show in Las Vegas.
 Kodak designed the new Photo CD discs to be compatible with the 80 mm CD-ROM drives likely to be found in future notebooks, laptops, and personal digital assistants (PDAs). The discs also will play on nearly all existing Photo CD-compatible devices, including existing CD-ROM drives, Photo CD, and CD-I players. Kodak expects to make the 80 mm Photo CD format available late in 1994.
 "Hardware manufacturers have identified the 80 mm format as the best way to bring the benefits of CD-ROM digital storage to a range of transportable devices, from notebooks to PDAs," said Fred Geyer, general manager and vice president, Kodak CD Imaging.
 At COMDEX, Panasonic is demonstrating one of the first notebook computers to employ an 80 mm CD-ROM drive. Demonstrations of the new Panasonic notebook computer, which weighs less than 6 pounds, and features the prototype 80 mm Photo CD disc, are taking place throughout the week in Panasonic booth number L682 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
 The original, 120 mm Photo CD disc is the same size as today's album-length audio CDs. New, 80 mm Photo CD discs will be the size of audio RCD singles,S which contain a few audio tracks rather than an entire album.
 The 80 mm Photo CD discs have one-third the data-carrying capacity of their 120 mm cousins. That means the smaller disc will be able to hold images contained on one 35 mm roll of 36-exposure film.
 Like the larger Photo CD discs, 80 mm discs will be produced by photofinishers and service bureaus using any of three Kodak Photo CD Imaging Workstations (PIWs).
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 /CONTACT: Paul C. Allen, media relations, of Eastman Kodak Company, 716-724-5802/
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