Yamaha, Oak Technology Extend Partnership with the Launch of Yamaha's New CRW-F1 CD-Recorder

8/5/2002 - Oak Technology's OTI-9797T optical storage controller is featured in Yamaha Corporation's latest release of high-performance optical CD-RW recorders, exemplifying the results of an ongoing strategic partnership between the two companies.

Yamaha's all new CRW-F1TM family of optical CD recorders continue to benefit from the synergy resulting from the partnership between Yamaha Corporation and Oak Technology. This partnership has allowed the new CRW-F1 to boast an incredible host of performance-oriented features, such as the industry's first 24X Rewrite speed with Mt. Rainier support, while Yamaha's own proprietary LSI delivers Yamaha-exclusive features such as the revolutionary DiscT@2TM laser labeling system and the Advanced Audio Master Quality Recording for studio-quality CD recording.

To provide broad consumer utility and compatibility, Yamaha's new line of CD recorders will be available in a variety of connectivity configurations including E-IDE (ATAPI) interface models in black (CRW-F1ZEN) or platinum white (CRW-F1ZE), as well as a USB 2.0 model (CRW-F1ZUX), a dual interface model with both FireWireTM and USB 2.0 connections (CRW-F1ZDX), and an Ultra SCSI external CD recorder (CRW-F1ZSX).

"Yamaha aggressively pushes the envelope for performance-optimized CD-RW solutions," said Clark Foy, vice president of marketing for Oak Technology's Optical Storage Group. "The recently unveiled CRW-F1 family of recorders presents extremely attractive performance features, consistent with Yamaha's cutting edge quality image, and its 'customer-first' business strategy. We are very pleased that our latest CD-RW controller technology has contributed to Yamaha's achievements of optical recording excellence."

Yamaha's new CD-RW recorders are continued evidence of a strong and productive strategic partnership between the two companies, through which Oak and Yamaha Corporation leverage each other's technical strengths to drive the development of advanced optical storage writing capabilities for both the consumer and PC markets.

"Oak's leading-edge controller technology has contributed to the research and development of our award-winning CRW-F1, arguably the world's most advanced and feature-rich CD recorder," said Takuya Tamaru, executive officer and general manager, Yamaha Corporation.

Oak's advanced OTI-9797T controller, designed for use in PC-based or consumer CD-R/RW applications, is capable of 48X CD-R and 24X CD-RW write speeds as well as 48X CD-ROM read speeds. To obtain best performance in the industry while allowing a high degree of programmability and flexibility in the implementation of CD-R and CD-RW write strategies, the OTI-9797 employs dynamic write strategy, plus partial and full CAV write and audio DAC/filter circuits. In addition, the controller features Oak's proprietary ExacLinkTM buffer under-run protection and is the first optical storage controller to support the Mt. Rainier standard in hardware, giving system designers much more flexibility while reducing their overall system costs.

About Yamaha
Founded in 1887, the Yamaha Corporation has long been known as one of the world's leading manufacturers of quality musical instruments. At the same time, the Company has grown through a broad spectrum of business activities, including electronic devices and equipment, professional audio equipment, and audio-visual equipment.

Yamaha Corporation offers Home Theater components and systems, featuring A/V Receivers, Amplifiers, DVD/CD, Speakers, Mini-Systems, Video Projection, as well as A/V and IT Convergence Products including CD-Rewriteable Recorders, CD-R/W Media, Computer Speakers and Headphones.

About Oak Technology (www.oaktech.com)
Oak Technology, Inc., a leading provider of solutions for the storage, management and distribution of digital content, is committed to driving the emerging world of connected Information Appliances. The company's fully integrated products and technologies target two key markets: optical storage (CD-RW and recordable DVD for PC and consumer) and digital imaging (advanced copiers, printers, faxes, scanners and MFPs). Founded in 1987, Oak is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has sales offices, design centers and research facilities around the world. The company trades on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange under the symbol OAKT.

Oak Technology is a registered trademark of Oak Technology, Inc. ExacLink and the Oak logo are common law trademarks of Oak Technology, Inc. Yamaha is a registered trademark, and CRW-F1is a trademarks of Yamaha Electronics Corporation. FireWire is a trademark of Apple Corporation. All others are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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