8X Speed and Fusion DA Interface for Audio

For Immediate Release

DSR-Series CD-R Duplicator Now Has 8X Speed and Fusion DA Interface for Audio

Minneapolis, MN, Mar. 10, 1999 — Microboards Technology, Inc. announced a new 8X Tower CD-R duplicator for with eight 8X CD-Recorders and a Fusion DA link for audio for only $8995. Microboards Technology, Inc. (MTI), master distributor for the manufacturer, Hoei Sangyo, said the new duplicator will be available for shipping from MTI's U.S. headquarters early in the second quarter. MTI will demonstrate the unit in booth L11466 during the NAB Show, April 19-22, in Las Vegas.

The new DSR8880, will support eight 8X CD-Recorders in one unit and, when functioning in a master/slave mode, the DSR8880 can be configured with up an additional eight-drive 8X CD-Recorder slave units for a total of 16 8X recorders duplicating simultaneously. One of CD-R recorders functions as a 20X CD-ROM reader during the initial recording process. The slave units are priced at $4995 each.

The Fusion DA interface uses the Sony and Philips Digital Interconnect Format (SP-DIF) to facilitate conversion of DAT to CD-R. The Fusion DA receiver can automatically adapt to the rate and precision delivered to it. Fusion DA will also be sold separately at $995 MSRP to existing customers and other audio professionals.

According to Mitch Ackmann, executive president of MTI , "Recording studios and service bureaus have been demanding a heavy duty, [high-speed] CD-R replication system for audio since duplicators were first introduced, to the best of my knowledge."

"With its production-quality construction and value pricing the DSR8880 delivers an affordable solution to any recording-studio that needs multiple CD-Rs on demand," he added.

The versatile master/slave design makes expandability simple -- allowing each master to direct as many as 16 recorders simultaneously.

About Hoei Sangyo
Based in Japan, Hoei Sangyo Co., Ltd. is one of the worldís leading manufacturers of CD-R duplicators. Hoei Sangyo is also recognized in Japan as a major distributor of equipment and supplies for imaging and digital data processing.

About Microboards Technology
Originally founded in 1989 as the international division of a Japanese CD-engineering firm, Microboards Technology specializes in developing, integrating, selling and distributing CD and DVD-technologies to the public and private sector in Europe, the United States, Japan and the Pacific Rim. Microboards Technology serves the U.S. through its U.S. headquarters at:1721 Lake Drive West, P.O. Box 846, Chanhassen, MN 55317. Telephone: (612) 470-1848 or (800) 646-8881; website:http://www.microboards.com; fax: (612) 470-1805. E-mail: sales@microboards.com