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BenQ Chooses Nero As The Digital Media Software
Solution For The DW1620pro–16X DVD±R

Karlsbad, Germany (October 28th, 2004) -- Ahead Software, leaders in digital media technology, announced today that its award-winning digital media recording software suite, Nero, is to be bundled with BenQ’s new 16X DVD rewritable drive. The DW1620pro internal DVD-Rewriter supports both 16X DVD±R and 4X DVD+R double layer media, which allows Nero to take full advantage of the drive’s diverse features with a variety of applications, from 8.5 GB DL video or data backup, to streaming video on the user’s LAN.

”BenQ is known throughout the industry for bringing quality products to the market” says Jim Corbett, Executive Director, Ahead Software AG. “It’s only fitting that Nero plays a part by providing a digital media software suite that will allow users to really get the most out of the BenQ DVD rewriter.”

Nero brings out the best in BenQ’s 16X DVD+/-R and 4X DL DVD+R rewriter with applications like Nero StartSmart, an improved comprehensive application launcher that houses and connects the user to every installed Nero application. NeroVision Express 2 offers a complete DVD±RW solution with advanced video editing, capturing, encoding, slideshows and DVD, SVCD, VCD authoring with mouse-over instructions that walk the user through every step, taking full advantage of BenQ’s DVD-R/RW and DL recording capability. With Nero Recode 2, users can re-size non-copy protected DVD movies from DVD 9 to DVD 5 format, or re-size video titles from multiple DVD-9 discs to DVD+R DL.

Nero BackItUp takes full advantage of the increased capacity of a DVD+R DL disc, allowing users to run scheduled backups, password-protect their data and choose from various backup modes such as full or incremental. Also included are Nero ShowTime; a powerful DVD and digital video playback application, InCD 4, packet writing application and the label creator Nero Cover Designer.

In addition, Nero 6 includes Nero Express 6, the fast and friendly CD/DVD mastering software for data, audio or video; Nero Toolkit, a complete set of drive testing applications; and the digital audio jukebox and playlist maker, Nero Media Player.

BenQ’s 16X DVD rewritable drive will be available on the market end of October 2004. For additional information on all Nero applications, please visit www.nero.com.

Über Ahead

Ahead Software provides the most reliable CD/DVD software applications available to serve digital media markets worldwide. Since its inception in 1995, Ahead’s leading application, Nero, has built a loyal customer base of more than 160 million users world-wide.

Ahead’s award-winning flagship product Nero 6 provides an all-in-one comprehensive digital media solution. Ahead’s product line also includes Nero Digital™ – audio/video technology, Nero PhotoShow Elite – the easy and complete photo experience, SIPPS™ – VoIP, and across – professional computer aided translation software. Ahead distributes its products globally through world’s leading drive manufacturers and PC makers, as well as leading worldwide retailers, online partners, and also directly to consumers at www.nero.com. Ahead Software AG is headquartered in Karlsbad, Germany, with its subsidiaries Ahead Software Inc. located in Glendale, California USA and Ahead Software K.K. located in Yokohama, Japan. 

About BenQ

BenQ is an industry leader in networking lifestyle devices with an expertise that encompasses display, storage, imaging, wireless and broadband areas.

BenQ has manufacturing plants in Malaysia, Mexico, China and Taiwan. The company has 14,933 employees worldwide, supporting a strong global sales marketing and service network spanning Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Americas. BenQ has research and development facilities in Taiwan (Hsinchu Lab), China (Suzhou Software Development Center) and California, USA (Wireless Technology Center), and has more than 2000 research and development employees in Suzhou, Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu and San Diego. BenQ has amassed 1296 global patents. 2003 revenues exceeded US$3.5 billion dollars. For more information about BenQ, please visit our website at BenQ.com.

Nero® is a registered trademark, InCD is a trademark of Ahead Software AG. Any other product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
© 2004 Ahead Software. All rights reserved.

Contacts:

BenQ
Jennifer Ho
+886-3-3598800 ext3364
[email protected]