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September 29, 1998

Sony Announces New Line of VAIO Desktop Computers
Equipped with optical digital output for connection to MD deck


Tokyo, Japan- Sony Corporation today announced plans to launch a new line of desktop computers, called the "VAIO Compo"[PCV-M350] series. Equipped with a new optical digital output connector1, the new series of VAIO computers can be connected to Sony's PC-compliant MD decks2 for recording music from audio CDs and various sound formats including MIDI. The new VAIO Compo will be released on the Japanese market this October.

The VAIO [PCV-M350] series includes three desktop models that come complete with a main unit, wireless keyboard, and mouse, etc. Model [PCV-M350V7] comes complete with a 17-inch Trinitron display; model [PCV-M350V5] comes with a 15-inch Trinitron display; and model [PCV-M350L3] comes with a 13.3-inch TFT liquid crystal display.

Model Name Introduction
Price Initial Monthly
VAIO Desktop PC [PCV-M350V7]
AMD-K6®-2 350MHz Processor, 6.4GB HDD, 64MB
memory, 56.6kbps3 modem, optical digital output,
17-inch Trinitron display w/ IntelliLight function
Oct. 31, 1998
(in Japan)
Open 5,000 units
VAIO Desktop PC [PCV-M350V5]
AMD-K6®-2 350MHz Processor, 6.4GB HDD, 64MB memory, 56.6kbps modem, optical digital output, 15-inch Trinitron display w/ IntelliLight function
VAIO Desktop PC [PCV-M350L3]
AMD-K6®-2 350MHz Processor, 6.4GB HDD, 64MB memory, 56.6kbps modem, optical digital output,13.3-inch TFT display w/ IntelliLight function
1 The audio CD uses a sampling frequency of 44.1kHz, but sound generated from the internal sound chip is passed out through the digital audio output at 48kHz. MD recorders not equipped with a sampling rate converter cannot record the 48kHz output. Like CD players, this product outputs audio CD signals, based on the digital audio copy management system known as SCMS (Serial Copy Management System).
2 PC-compliant MD decks are sold separately. They include models [MDS-PC1/S39/JA22ES/JB920].
3 Capable of switching automatically between V.90 and K56Flex. 56kbps is the maximum theoretical rate for receiving data. The maximum rate for sending data is 33.6 kbps.

Main Features of VAIO [PCV-M350] Series Desktop Computers

Equipped with a digital optical output that can be connected to MD decks to record audio CDs and other digital sound formats onto MDs
Contains a high-quality sound generator chip featuring XG/GM compatible MIDI hardware acceleration
Includes Sony's original Control A1 terminal, which can be used for communication between appliances such as MD deck or 200 CD changer
Offers high-performance specs that allow for maximum enjoyment of 3D games
Incorporates an [ATI 3D RageTMPro Turbo AGP(2X)] AGP(2X) graphics accelerator
Uses a wireless keyboard with a built-in pointing device that gives the user greater freedom-of-use
Features noise-reduction design that allows for distraction-free operation in a quiet room
Comes in a compact body that requires very little space for set-up and installation
Includes a variety of Sony's original software, including [Digital Media Park Ver. 1.3] , [MD Editor (VAIO)] , [PictureGear Ver.2.5SE], and many others

Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its music, pictures and computer entertainment operations make Sony one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of over $51 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1998, and it employs 173,000 people worldwide.