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Tuesday, January 11, 2005
LaCie Kicks Off 2005 With New And Innovative Storage Solutions


LaCie (Nouveau Marche:5431) starts the new year by announcing innovative new products and partnerships aimed at helping professionals and everyday people easily manage their digital lives.

Premiering at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, new LaCie storage solutions range from a 2TB RAID subsystem for video pros to a unique direct-disc labeling technology on d2 DVD burners, or a real-time MPEG-1/2 encoder to a portable 40GB hard drive for direct playback of multimedia files on any standard TV, among others. Visit LaCie booth #1843 at Macworld Expo in San Francisco's Moscone Center from January 10-14 to catch a glimpse of new LaCie solutions.

"It's fun to see the faces light up at Macworld when people discover how far we have pushed the limits with bigger, faster, and more innovative products," says Scott Phillips, CEO of LaCie Limited USA. "LaCie will premiere several new digital storage tools in 2005 that will change the way people work and play with their computers. LaCie's affordable high-end solutions can adapt to fit any need, whether it's small to medium sized businesses, audio/video editors, graphics professionals, or home and entertainment use."

New LaCie solutions include:

LaCie Biggest F800: LaCie unveils a higher level of data protection with the new Biggest F800 RAID subsystem for professional use, offering secure storage for up to 2TB data. The 4-bay array supports RAID levels 0, 0+1, 5 and RAID 5+hot spare in a sturdy aluminum enclosure with FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 interfaces for use on PCs or Macs. Ideally suited for use with email, web servers and imaging systems, the Biggest F800 offers a new level of high-capacity performance at an affordable price. Available spring 2005.

LaCie blue eye pro: LaCie introduces a comprehensive calibration and profiling solution for the most demanding graphics professionals: the new LaCie blue eye pro automatic hardware calibration solution specially tuned to work with the LaCie 321 Monitor. Thanks to the monitor's unique DDC interface, blue eye pro software can adjust settings with a single click, automatically creating and activating an ICC profile that ensures consistent colors throughout the workflow. Available January 2005.

LaCie d2 DVD+/-RW Double Layer with LightScribe: LaCie and LightScribe are partnering to offer the first direct disc labeling drive for both Macs and PCs. Specially configured LaCie d2 DVD+/-RW Double Layer burners now offer the ability to burn precise, iridescent labels with desired text and graphics using the same laser that burns the data. This innovative LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling technology means people no longer have to use printers, permanent markers or adhesive labeling to develop and burn creative designs onto their CDs and DVDs. Available January 2005.

LaCie Ethernet Disk 1TB: LaCie boosts capacity of its Ethernet Disk to 1TB making it again the most affordable network storage solution of its size. Small and medium sized businesses will appreciate the easy to use shared hard drive. Up to 25 people can instantly store and backup data across a network simultaneously without taking bandwidth away from a central server. Administers have the ability to fully customize user access controls from any computer on the network through an user-friendly web administration tool, and files can be accessed via HTTP or FTP on Macs or PCs thanks to cross-platform support of Windows(R) XP Embedded. Available winter 2005.

LaCie Ethernet Disk mini: LaCie introduces an affordable network hard drive for use in homes or small offices: the LaCie Ethernet Disk mini with up to 500GB shared storage space. Designed for small office and home environments, the user-friendly LaCie Ethernet Disk mini is plug and play--no prior networking experience is required. Anyone plugged into the dual-purpose Ethernet Disk mini can instantly share files via the Ethernet connection without having to install drivers, or the drive can be attached via USB 2.0 to any individual computer for faster throughput and a private connection. Available winter 2005.

LaCie FastCoder: LaCie introduces a new tool for video editors and home users to aid in DVD creation: the LaCie FastCoder. This unique hardware encoder allows people to convert DV NTSC video files to MPEG-1 and/or MPEG-2 in real-time on Apple Macintosh G3, G4 and G5 systems with a native FireWire port. With the LaCie FastCoder, conventional software encoding times are reduced by two to 15 hours. Available February 2005.

LaCie silverscreen: LaCie premieres the LaCie silverscreen, a portable USB hard drive with the ability to plug directly into multi-standard television sets for instant playback of stored movies, music or photos. LaCie silverscreen is ideal for travelers wanting to enjoy digital entertainment or professionals wanting to show clients corporate videos on larger TV screens without the need for a computer. The ultra slim and quiet drive comes in 40GB or 80GB capacities. After uploading multimedia from any PC or Mac through the USB interface, LaCie silverscreen enables a real home theater experience with surround sound thanks to the optical digital output that supports compressed Dolby(R) Digital 5.1 and DTS pass through. A handy remote control is included for easy menu surfing and playback. Available January 2005.

Visit LaCie booth #1843 at Macworld to view more storage and color solutions for Small to Medium Sized Businesses, Audio/Video Editors, Graphics Professionals, and Home and Entertainment use. Additional information can be found online at www.lacie.com/company/news.


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