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July 20th, 1999

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FireWire 200 Disc (Boing! That's A Terabyte!) DVD Changer Announced
Escient, Inc. has announced a 200 disc DVD changer for Blue & White G3s that can read DVD movies, music CDs, CD-ROMs, and DVD-ROMs. That represents a maximum capacity of up to a Terabyte according to Escient. The device is dubbed the Escient C200 DVD changer. According to Escient:

Escient, Inc., a leader in the convergence field, will announce the introduction of its new dual drive 200-disc DVD changer for Macintosh G3 computers at MacWorld Expo '99 tomorrow (Booth #1901). Developed by Escient's Digital Storage Group, this unique FireWire&Mac250; supported Mac peripheral astoundingly provides more than one terabyte of digital storage space. The Escient C200 DVD changer gives users the ability to store, control, and manage a wide variety of productivity and entertainment media, including DVD movies, music CDs, CD-ROMs, and DVD-ROMs.

Scheduled to ship in November 1999, Escient's C200 Macintosh-compatible DVD changer was developed with the Small Office/Home Office/Graphics market in mind. It will carry a suggested retail price of $1,500.

Escient's Digital Storage Group worked closely with Apple Computer Inc. on the development of the changer to ensure maximum compatibility, flexibility, and ease of use. All operations, including reading the contents of a disc, are handled via the Mac's operating system. In order to locate and load a
disc, one simply drags the desired file onto the desktop.

Escient's C200 DVD changer offers technologically advanced storage, control, and management capabilities. It can also distribute media to numerous shared clients over a network. The browser provides each client with a combined list of all media in every changer. Up to 63 changers can be daisy-chained together in a tree configuration for media distribution to other workstations throughout a network.

The Escient C200 DVD changer is priced at US$1,500. As of this writing, Escient has not updated their web site with more information on this product, but Steven Styles, spokesperson for Escient told The Mac Observer that there should be product information up "soon."

The Mac Observer: Not many people will need to be able to have 200 DVDs at their fingertips, but for those who can afford it, this is a nifty product. And you have to like the ability to say you have a Terabyte of data handy. :-)

Escient, Inc.



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