Microtech Announces New Global Distribution Agreement With Rorke Data

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Rorke to Demonstrate Enterprise Media Publication Solutions for the Video Broadcast Market at IBC 2006

Last Updated: September 7, 2006 4:49 pm GMT
(AMSTERDAM, Netherlands--BUSINESS WIRE--Sept. 7, 2006) Microtech Systems, a world leading developer of CD/DVD/BD media publication technology, today announced a new global distribution agreement with video broadcast industry leader Rorke Data, a subsidiary of San Jose-based Bell Microproducts, Inc. (NASDAQ:BELM). Together, Microtech and Rorke plan to provide RoHS compliant duplication solutions and integrated DVD authoring applications to the global video broadcast market.

The solution set enables the largest production volume of professional CDs, DVDs and BDs (Blu-ray Disc) with customized direct-to-disc printed labels, as well as workflow integration with market leading non-linear editing systems (NLE's) such as Avid, Apple & Adobe.

Providing key support and global distribution opportunities for Microtech media publication solutions, Rorke's Video/Broadcast Division is a tier one distribution partner providing a broad range of third-party products and solutions to the Post Production market place, including storage peripherals, network connectivity products, backup and archive and NLE-centric media publication solutions.

Microtech's Xpress Series media publication solutions are the new standard in performance and capacity offering the highest possible yield and performance from a single production system. The Xpress XL features an 800-disc capacity, with a corresponding fully-loaded digital production output of 20TB, is ideal for the enterprise video broadcast post production market. Xpress XP is a scalable solution featuring a 600-disc capacity and a choice of Inkjet or Thermal Printer. Other models, such as the XE and XD, are designed for various production, capacity and video post production requirements.

"We are very excited about this agreement with Microtech," stated Joe Rorke, Vice President of Marketing for Rorke Data. "Microtech's strong commitment to superior support and enterprise class production capability, with their Blu-ray Xpress Series, is very much in line with our solutions set to the broadcast market."

"Rorke's solid reputation in the industry provides us with a much broader range of opportunities in the video broadcast industries," stated Corwin Nichols, Founder and President of Microtech Systems. "Working with Rorke Data to introduce our combined solutions into this lucrative market should prove to be advantageous for both companies."

Key opportunities for Microtech and Rorke Data include additional partnerships with key post production and rich media solution providers such as Pulse Digital, with solutions designed to provide end-to-end application/ hardware platforms to the NLE reseller channel on a global basis.

IBC 2006
RAI Convention Center, Hall 8
Stand 158

About Microtech Systems
Microtech is a world leader in robotic CD/DVD/BD disc production systems; driving the growth and sustainability of in-house disc production. Microtech's automated publishing systems enable companies to produce on-demand CDs and DVDs with customized digital content, saving valuable human resources thus improving a business' bottom line. Microtech products meet the needs of small and large business around the world. For more information visit http://www.microtech.com

About Rorke Data
Rorke Data is an ISO 9001:2000 certified data storage-centric, end-to-end solutions provider with expertise in primary and tiered storage architecture, integrating RAID, NAS, SAN, DVD, tape and optical libraries. Rorke leverages certified expertise in Linux, Win and Mac platforms delivering high bandwidth storage and network solutions for fixed and content and rich media application environments. We back our products with comprehensive, global professional services. Founded in 1985, Rorke Data, is a subsidiary of Bell Microproducts, San Jose, CA, and is composed of four divisions: Healthcare & Diagnostic Imaging, Digital Video & Broadcast, Digital Prepress & Publishing, as well as a Technical & Professional Services division. More information about Rorke Data can be found at http://www.rorke.com

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