YOKOHAMA, Japan (August 31st, 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 ASUS's much anticipated, multi-faceted 16X DVD recordable drive. The DRW-1604P internal DVD-Rewriter is the industry's first internal DVD rewriter to support both 16X DVD+/-R and 4X DVD+R double layer media, which makes it a perfect fit with Nero, the world's first software solution to fully support Double Layer data and video recording. Double Layer DVDs can record up to 4 hours of video or 8.5 GB of data on a single disc.
"Nero continuously leads the pack by supporting new technology first with a foundation built in stability, control and unrivalled compatibility," said Maggie Lee, Senior Director for ASUSTeK's ODD Business Division. "Ahead Software was an easy choice for us because they are well-known throughout the industry for designing high-quality, user-friendly and extremely reliable software that consistently performs above and beyond the call of duty."
Nero, the perfect companion to ASUS's 16X DVD+/-R and 4X DVD+R rewriter includes Nero StartSmart, a comprehensive application launcher that houses and connects the user to every installed Nero application. Nero Vision Express 2SE offers a complete DVD+/-RW solution with advanced video capturing, encoding, slideshows and DVD/MPEG-2, SVCD, VCD authoring with mouse-over instructions that walk the user through every step of the way, taking full advantage of ASUS's DVD-R/RW and DL recording capability. 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 Nero Media Player, an audio and playlist maker.
"ASUS has always been an industry leader in technology and this is a partnership that was in the cards, "says Charly Lippoth, President of Ahead Software K.K.. "Nero's complete package allows users to take full value of the DRW-1604P fast speeds, DL recording capability and the drive's overall versatility."
For additional information on all Nero applications, please visit www.nero.com.
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 140 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.
ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (TSE:2357), the perennial leader of the motherboard industry, is also a leading manufacturer of top-quality desktop barebones, notebooks, IA devices, servers, graphics cards, broadband modems, wireless products and optical drives. With world-class engineering and offices and subsidiaries located in all corners of the world, ASUSTeK provides innovative solutions to consumers, businesses and OEM customers. The company has been amongst BusinessWeek's "InfoTech 100" since 1998.
Ahead Software K.K.
Miyuki Miyata, +81-45-910-0240
Jason Shyu, +886-2-8787-7495
ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
Will Teng, 886-2890-3447 # 7683