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PANASONIC FZ-21S PRESS RELEASE


For Immediate Release

NEW PANASONIC INTERACTIVE MEDIA PLAYER BRINGS A NEW LEVEL OF SOPHISTICATION TO THE PROFESSIONAL MULTIMEDIA MARKETPLACE

Secaucus, (NJ) June 1998 - Panasonic has unveiled a new TV-based interactive multimedia player which incorporates its proprietary M2 technology. Offering fast, high quality 3-D graphics, high resolution MPEG digital video and digital stereo, the Panasonic FZ-21S Interactive Media Player is today's solution for point-of-sale, point-of- information, sales presentations, manufacturing, design, education and much, much more.

The FZ-21S is lightweight and compact - about the size of a notebook PC. Its "plug and play" capability allows for easy hook up to a standard TV monitor or LCD projector. It features a 4X CD-ROM drive (for playback of M2-CD, as well as VideoCD 2.0) and a PCMCIA Type III slot for use with modem, ethernet, memory, hard drive or other compatible PC card devices. In addition, it can accommodate various control devices such as a touch-screen monitor, trackball, PC keyboard, or mouse via two PS/2 ports and one serial RS232C port.

The FZ-21S incorporates Panasonic's M2 technology, a 64-bit platform based on dual PowerPC602 processors and an advanced custom graphics chip set and OS, providing realistic polygon images and real time interactive control. Its selectable bit rate, hardware-based MPEG1 video decompression can provide picture quality that is virtually identical with the DVD format. It also offers the unique ability to integrate MPEG video and interactive 2-D or 3-D graphics, or use MPEG for object texture mapping.

The M2 System offers a vast array of applications, including:

"It's a quantum leap for the industry in both graphics speed and quality", declared Robert Whent, President of McGill Multimedia, Inc., a leading media company currently developing projects using the Panasonic Interactive Media System. "The FZ-21S easily beats expensive graphic workstations and outpaces other standalone interactive multimedia systems, including much-hyped DVD systems. With its advanced graphics, video and sound capabilities, M2's powerful 64-bit architecture will enable software developers to create titles that provide a whole new level of realism and engaging experiences not previously available on training and POS/POI systems."

Adds Thomas R. Sivley, CEO of RISE Int'l, Inc., an interactive media company, "M2 builds on the technology of the past and incorporates features that make it, possibly, the most unique platform for "Killer Applications" to come around in years." RISE, Int'l is incorporating a Panasonic Interactive Media Player into a training kiosk project in development for the Fire Museum in Memphis, TN. "M2 will be used to instruct and demonstrate how fire, through its combustible physics, consumes a wooden structure."

Clearly, the Panasonic M2 is an advanced system designed to perform a great deal of functions. This versatility is the result of combining a number of technologies into one amazing unit. Highlights of these advancements include:

In addition, developmental support for the M2 is available on a consultation basis.

For more information, contact:

Panasonic Home and Commercial Products Company
One Panasonic Way, Panazip 4A-2
Secaucus, New Jersey 07094
Phone: (201) 392-4493
fax: (201) 392-6005
email: massuccil@panasonic.com


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