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NEW MEDIA AND MICROSOFT TEAM UP TO OFFER SOUND TO PORTABLE COMPUTER USERS

&& IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- New Media Corp., a leading developer and manufacturer of PCMCIA solutions, today introduced the .WAVjammer, a PCMCIA 16-bit stereo sound card bundled with Microsoft's Windows Sound System software version 2.0 and New Media's plug-and-play device drivers.
 Providing a complete sound solution to the portable computer user, the .WAVjammer is the first product of its kind designed for presentation audio, voice navigation, and multimedia applications on laptop and subnotebook computers.
 "Until now, portable computer users did not have the ability to incorporate sound into their Windows applications," said Bob McBreen, manager of the Audio Products Unit at Microsoft. "We've worked closely with New Media to develop an add-on Windows Sound Systems solution for the portable environment."
 Explains Carl Perkins, New Media's chief executive officer and president, "Now audio such as voice annotation, .WAV and MIDI music files, and CD-quality stereo sound can be utilized by the portable user to achieve full audio-quality sound."
 The .WAVjammer incorporates the same audio functionality found on desktop machines into a pocket-size package. "Our charter is to provide PCMCIA solutions to the portable computing user, giving them the same capabilities users of desktop machines have today," said Perkins.
 The .WAVjammer can record and play back 16-bit stereo sound with sampling rates as high as 44.1KHz. The card also provides advanced 20-voice synthesis. The .WAVjammer utilizes Direct Memory Access (DMA) emulation and can buffer large blocks of data for multimedia applications which cannot tolerate a stop in the data stream. Its on- card buffering allows it to operate using less than two percent of the CPU, freeing the CPU for essential computing tasks.
 The card weighs in at a mere 7 ounces and is PCMCIA Type I. It interfaces with an ultra-thin 6-inch cable with 1/8-inch stereo jacks for headset, microphone, line-in, and line-out.
 The card is bundled with New Media's plug-and-play client device driver, which allows the .WAVjammer to be installed whether or not the card is physically in the system. The .WAVjammer can be "hot" inserted and removed at any time. Additionally, there is no need to exit the application or reboot the system to use the .WAVjammer.
 The .WAVjammer comes with Microsoft's recently released Microsoft Windows System version 2.0, enabling the integration of audio with any application for the Microsoft Windows operating system. The new software utilizes advanced audio-compression technology, greatly reducing stored audio file size.
 Suggested retail pricing for the New Media .WAVjammer bundled with Microsoft Windows Sound System version 2.0 is less than $399.
 The .WAVjammer follows in a growing line of PCMCIA firsts for the nearly two-year old New Media Corp. Previously, the company shipped the first U.S.-made IC DRAM cards, developed the first Type I Ethernet card, offered the first PCMCIA compatible modem card for palmtop computers and the first PCMCIA to SCSI adapter card, and created the first true PCMCIA plug-and-play device drivers.
 New Media Corp., headquartered in Irvine, is the leading designer and developer of PCMCIA cards for laptop, subnotebook, and palmtop computers.
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 /CONTACT: Saundy Morrison Hill, New Media Corp., 714-453-0100; or Beverly Lages of Lages & Associates/West Coast, 714-453-8080/


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