Blu-Ray Tower from Microboards Announced at NAB

Las Vegas, NV – April 21, 2006 – At the NAB conference this week, Microboards®announced plans to deliver models of its Blu-Ray Duplicators using Pioneer® Blu-Ray recorders later this year. Microboards previewed a version of its critically acclaimed tower, the CopyWriter Duplicator, with Hoei-Sangyo based duplication technology. Microboards also announced the availability of Blu-Ray Media, single sided discs capable of recording at 2X speed on Blu-Ray recorders.

“Our goal is to provide our customers with the latest in recording technology, and looking ahead Pioneer has a strong Blu-Ray roadmap,” said John Westrum, Microboards’s CTO. “It’s been over ten years since we launched the original CD duplicator, and we think Pioneer’s technology will help us make the jump to Blu-Ray as we did with DVD years ago.”

“Microboards has a long history as a major player in the duplication industry, and we are pleased to be partnering with them as they embrace Blu-ray Disc, the next generation of optical media," said Andy Parsons, senior vice president of product development at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. "With their plan to incorporate our new Blu-ray Disc drive in upcoming duplication products, we believe Microboards is well positioned to accelerate adoption of the Blu-ray Disc format into the video production and game development markets they have served so well in the past."

“We plan to create future versions of our automated products that support Blu-Ray as well,” said Westrum. “We have a strong relationship with Pioneer and will work closely with them to continue our long tradition of making great solutions for content delivery.”

The Blu-Ray CopyWriter Tower will be available with 5 or 10 recorders in a single system through all Microboards Authorized Resellers. Its onboard high-capacity hard drive will support image storage, and the system will duplicate both Blu-Ray discs and DVD-Recordable discs. Systems come with a one-year warranty and unlimited phone support. Further information is available at

About Pioneer
Pioneer North America, Inc. is a part of Tokyo-based Pioneer Corporation, a world leader in digital entertainment products. The Company was founded in 1938 in Tokyo as a radio and speaker repair shop. Today, Pioneer is recognized as a leader in technology advancements in the consumer and industrial electronics industry.

About Microboards
Microboards ignited the industrial disc duplication revolution in the 1990s with the CopyWriter Tower and continued its tradition of leadership with the first DVD Duplicators and other award-winning products. Today, Microboards continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning automated publishers and industrial disc printers.

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