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Gainward Co., Ltd, the leading manufacturer of high performance 3D graphics and home entertainment accelerators, announces that it will introduce a new range of home entertainment products for the PC platform. Due to the tremendous success of Gainward’s multi-award winning graphics accelerators and from customer feedback on previous bundles including home entertainment accessories, Gainward will deliver advanced entertainment solutions to not only strengthen the product line-up but also to offer further added value to the end user.

The current trend towards PC driven home entertainment solutions is a growing market segment and Gainward, as always, intend to lead the way into the future of “easy to use” high-technology home entertainment. These products are designed to work alongside Gainward’s graphic accelerator products for the ultimate in compatibility and versatility. Now you can play the latest games, digitally record TV/video, edit and capture whilst enjoying 7.1 playback for audio.

The Gainward Hollywood@HomeTM product series will start shipping in May 2003 and will include advanced TV tuner cards, high quality 3D surround sound cards, powerful multimedia upgrades for the PCI slot and a versatile media center for a 5 ¼” drive bay.

The Gainward Hollywood@HomeTM AVR (Digital Audio/Video Recorder) is an advanced TV tuner card with integrated hardware MPEG-2 to function exactly like a digital video recorder with a built in TV tuner module. With on-board MPEG-2 in hardware the Gainward Hollywood@HomeTM AVR is able to compress any video stream either from the TV-tuner or any other internal/external video-source into a high quality DVD file in real-time. In combination with bundled Video-Editing-Software a user can create his own movies to be burned on a CD-ROM later on.

The Gainward Hollywood@HomeTM ConcertSoundTM is a high quality sound card products based on the new 7.1 standard with an excellent speaker solution. A comprehensive software bundle will maximize the functionality. A lower cost 5.1 sound card will also be available.

In addition, Gainward will introduce Gainward Hollywood@HomeTM MultiPortTM. This powerful multimedia upgrade for the PCI slot supports 3 FireWire ports (two external, one internal) plus 6 USB 2.0 ports (three external, three internal) to extend the connectivity and versatility of the home computer.

The Gainward Hollywood@HomeTM EntertainmentCenterTM is designed to perfectly fit into a 5 ¼” drive bay of a PC. When connected to an internal connection of a graphics card, such as a suitable product from the Gainward Ultra series, it provides front side connection for Video-in and Video-out.

Connected with an internal USB 2.0 port from Gainward Hollywood@HomeTM MultiPortTM, it also supports a 6-in-1 memory card reader (CompactFlash Card, SmartMedia Card, Secured Digital Card, MultiMedia Card, Memory Stick from SONY and MicroDrive from IBM/Hitachi), two USB 2.0 connectors, S/P DIF in/out for digital audio streams, and 5.1 channels USB audio.

Products from the Hollywood@HomeTM series will commence shipping from May 2003.