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For Immediate Release


Secaucus, (NJ) November 16, 1998 - Panasonic has announced the availability of a second TV-based interactive multimedia player that incorporates its proprietary M2 technology. Adding DVD-ROM capability to an impressive list of features including fast, high quality 3-D graphics, high resolution MPEG digital video and digital audio, the Panasonic FZ-35S Interactive Media Player joins the FZ-21S as today's solutions for point-of-sale and point-of-information kiosk, sales presentations, manufacturing, design, education and much, much more.

The FZ-35S offers the same M2 Technology capabilities found in the currently available FZ-21S Interactive Media Player. In addition, the FZ-35S, has a DVD-ROM drive for increased content storage capability, as well as expanded input/output device connectivity, expanded SRAM, a built-in Infrared Receiver, LS-120 SuperDisk, Flash Memory, Modem, or LAN card.

Like the FZ-21S, the new FZ-35S Interactive Media Player's "plug and play" capability allows for easy hook up to a standard TV monitor or LCD projector. But unlike the FZ-21S, it can even be connected to a PC monitor. It features a 2X DVD-ROM drive (for playback of M2-CD, as well as M2-DVD) and an ISA card slot for use with optional modem or LAN card.

In addition, it can accommodate various control devices such as a touch-screen, trackball, mouse, barcode scanner, card reader, or PC keyboard via two PS/2 ports and two serial RS232C ports. A parallel port is also available to accommodate a printer.

Panasonic's M2 technology is 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 near DVD Video's MPEG2 image quality. 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 Interactive Media Players are 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:

Other products currently available from Panasonic are the SL-VP57 Professional Portable Video CD Player, DVD-T2000 Professional DVD Player, EAB819A and EAB508B Sound Focus Speakers, and the newly available CT20EASD Touch-screen Monitor-Receiver.

For more information, contact:

Panasonic Home and Commercial Products Company
Advanced Technology Department
One Panasonic Way, Panazip 4A-2
Secaucus, New Jersey 07094
Phone: (201) 392-4493
fax: (201) 392-6005

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