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WEARNES SHIPS $449 MPC-LEVEL 2, CD-ROM DRIVE WITH $199 WAVE TABLE SOUND CARD

 SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Wearnes Technology Corp. today announced an AT-Bus, CD-ROM subsystem that meets MPC Level 2 specifications.
 The Wearnes CDD-110 is one of the first of the new generation of low-cost, double-speed CD-ROM drives to support IDE-interface PCs. The internal drive features a 380-millisecond average access time, double- speed 307.2 KBytes/sec sustained, and 1.4 MBytes/sec burst transfer rates.
 Wearnes also announced a 16-bit, wave table sound card which uses the latest in digital signal processing (DSP) technology.
 The CDD-110 and Beethoven ADSP-16 audio card may be purchased separately or as a bundled multimedia solution. The CDD-110 is list- priced at $449 with interface card. The ADSP-16 is list-priced at $199 with built-in CD-ROM interface. The bundled price is $649. All products are available from Ingram Micro and Gates F/A.
 The CDD-110 is MPC Level 2-compliant. It is also Multi-session Kodak PhotoCD-compatible which allows photographic images recorded on compact disc to be displayed or imported into other applications. Other CD-ROM formats supported include Audio CD-DA, CD-XA, CD-Interactive and High Sierra (ISO 9660).
 The drive has a 64-KBytes cache buffer and is compatible with all PCs running Windows 3.1 or DOS 6.0. Also available is a CDC-006 interface card with Hi-Fi DAC (digital to analog converter) to deliver Hi-Fi sound quality.
 Another unique feature of the CDD-110 is "Audio Passthrough," which enables standard audio CDs to be played in the background with applications running in the foreground.
 Beethoven ADSP-16 'Wave Table' Sound Board
 The Beethoven ADSP-16 multimedia audio card, manufactured by Wearnes, delivers 16-bit, concert-quality sound. The ADSP-16 uses Wave Table synthesis -- the state-of-the-art technology for producing 24-voice simultaneous sound in stereo.
 The ADSP-16 supports digital audio recording and playback at 16-bit resolution with a sampling rate up to 48 KHz DAT stereo. It surpasses MPC Level 2 specifications for sound boards.
 Wave table synthesizer technology produces a wider range of complex sound waves. Wave table recognizes melodic and percussion sounds while most competing sound cards only emulate melodic sounds.
 The ADSP-16 supports SoundBlaster(TM) and Adlib(TM) boards on the music, record and playback channels.
 Volume is software-controlled with individual volume control for all audio sources. The Beethoven ADSP-16 also includes: onboard 8-watt stereo amplifier (4 watts per channel); a PC gameport for joy-sticks, and MIDI port for music and sound creation from MIDI keyboards and other instruments.
 The digital signal processor (DSP) is fully upgradeable to incorporate advanced features such as voice compression, voice recognition and real-time audio compression when downloaded with new DSP software algorithms.
 The Beethoven is bundled with 16 CD titles, including the Voyetra Bundle of audio productivity tools and HSC's Interactive SE (Special Edition).
 Wearnes Technology Corp. is located at 1015 E. Brokow Rd., San Jose, CA 95131, 408-456-8838.
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 /CONTACT: Chad Hill of Hill Communications, 510-945-7910, for Wearnes Technology/


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