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GEAR for Windows 95 and Windows NT ships, featuring 32-bit native support.

BALA CYNWYD, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 14, 1995--Elektroson is now shipping its new 32-bit CD-R software, GEAR 3.2 for Windows 95 and Windows NT.

All features of the existing 16-bit Windows product are included in the updated 32-bit versions of GEAR 3.2 for Windows 95 and Windows NT. By making use of the integrated Microsoft Mini-port IO driver, the 32-bit versions of GEAR 3.2 for Windows are easy to install on Windows 95 and NT operating systems.

GEAR for Windows NT, 95 and 3.1 comes in a single kit, allowing users to migrate from the 16-bit version of Windows to the higher- performance 32-bit operating system from Microsoft.

With a suggested retail price of $199 for the standard version and $499 for the Multimedia/Multiformat version (M/M), the 32-bit versions of GEAR 3.2 for Windows continues the transformation of CD-R from a high-end to a general business and small-office application.

``The new 32-bit versions of GEAR 3.2 will allow corporate users and multimedia developers to achieve the speed and performance requirements necessary to fully utilize the new 32-bit operating systems,'' said Jiren Parikh, general manager, Elektroson.

Because the 32-bit versions of GEAR 3.2 break out of ISO 9660 conventions, its optimized directory and file-structure handling let CD-R users, under Windows 95 and Windows NT, create 30-character directory and file names. GEAR also allows logical formatting up to ISO Level 3.

In addition to its well-known function set, Elektroson has added a ``verify after write'' option. This option confirms the writing process and compares the copied files with the originals.

Other features include a separate fixation option that corrects improperly written disks and an archive bit reset feature that automatically backs up files, in subsequent sessions, that have changed since the initial writing.

These improvements come on top of GEAR's already-noteworthy data integrity. Tested in InfoWorld magazine, GEAR 2.12 (paired with the Yamaha CDE 100) was ``the only package that performed our data integrity tasks flawlessly.''

CD-R's popularity has also increased because of the needs of multimedia producers to test CD-ROM titles by premastering before starting the expensive mastering process. GEAR is ideally suited for these purposes. The program has an extensive array of multimedia features. It supports Digital Audio, Video CD, CD-I and CD-ROM XA.

In addition, it includes formatting support for game titles. Customizable sector-level layout to optimize CD access times, advanced proprietary image mastering options, subcode support and DDP format mastering tape are also offered by GEAR. This new version also supports the conversion and editing of the header file from .WAV, AIFF and SDII audio file recording.

GEAR is compatible with most popular networks and input/output devices; it gives users the flexibility to make maximum use of existing configurations. GEAR also continues to support all recorders, including the new Olympus Deltis, Sony 920, Ricoh 1060 and Pioneer series CD recorders. It supports 1x, 2x, 4x and 6x writing from virtual and physical modes.

``GEAR supports the widest range of CD-R drives, DAT units and formats,'' according to InfoWorld.

Elektroson is recognized as the first company to introduce Universal Multi-Session Writing, Virtual Image Formatting, an integrated XA Interleaver and support for DDP Format Mastering tape.

GEAR is available throughout North and South America, Europe, Japan, Asia and the Middle East via regional distributors, VARs, OEMs and integrators. Elektroson has OEM and licensing contracts with major computer-industry vendors, including Pinnacle Micro, Olympus Imaging, Dynatek Automation Inc. and Tracer Technologies.

For more information, contact Elektroson, 10 Presidential Blvd., Suite 125, Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004; telephone 610/617-0850; fax 610/617-0856.

In Europe, contact Elektroson B.V., Schootsestraat 14, 5616 RD Eindhoven, Netherlands; telephone +31 40-515065; fax +31 40-514920.

CONTACT: The Terpin Group, Marina del Rey, Calif.

Rolland S. Going or Heather Gore

310/821-6100 (phone)

310/577-9646 (fax) (Internet)
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