Ray Freeman, OSTA Facilitator

Jan Johnson
MultiPath Communications


Industry Veteran to Lead Forum Addressing Issues Involving
CD and DVD Products and Technologies

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – June 18, 2001 – The Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) today announced the appointment of Dave Suden, chief technology officer of Rimage Corporation, as chairman of its CD/DVD Committee. In this role, Suden will be responsible for establishing a forum in which suppliers throughout the optical storage industry will address issues involving CD and DVD technologies.

"OSTA recognizes the need to keep pace with the many and frequent advances in CD and DVD technologies, and our CD/DVD Committee plays an active role in achieving that objective. With his expertise in this industry, Dave Suden is an excellent choice to chair this committee and lead OSTA in addressing CD and DVD product and technology issues," said Ray Freeman, OSTA facilitator.

"Chairing an OSTA Committee is an honor and a privilege," noted Suden. "I look forward to working with representatives of global optical storage suppliers in addressing important issues such as compatibility and interchangeability as new recordable CD and DVD solutions are developed for computers and consumer electronics devices."

"As an example of OSTA’s efforts to ensure interchangeability," Suden continued, "we have recently developed the MultiPlay compatibility specification to help ensure that CD-R and CD-RW discs recorded on personal computers can be played in consumer CD and DVD players. We have also developed and approved a new logical format to store and retrieve files more easily when recording MP3 and other compressed audio files on CD."

Suden has been involved with product development at Rimage Corporation, a leading provider of integrated CD-R and DVD-R publishing systems, since 1988. He is responsible for many innovations, including Rimage’s highly successful Imager and Perfect Image‘ diskette product lines. In recent years, most of Suden’s energy has been directed at positioning Rimage’s products into a leadership position for CD-R and DVD-R publishing and duplication. This has led to industry-enabling innovations, including the Rimage Perfect Image‘ Prism Printer; Perfect Image‘ Producer, an integrated, fully automated on-demand publishing system for information publishing on CD-R; and most recently the Everest‘ Photo-realistic color printer for CD-R and DVD-R surface printing.

About OSTA

The Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) was incorporated as an international trade association in 1992 to promote the use of recordable optical technologies and products. The organization’s membership includes optical product manufacturers and resellers from three continents, representing more than 85 percent of worldwide writable optical product shipments. They work to shape the future of the industry through regular meetings of CD/DVD, file interchange, market development, high performance and planning committees. Interested companies worldwide are invited to join the organization and participate in its programs by contacting an OSTA representative at +1 805/963-3853, by fax +1 805/962-1541 or by addressing its Web site at www.osta.org.

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