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HP Introduces Its First CD-Writer/DVD Combo Drive and High-speed CD-Writer

Press release from the issuing company

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 13, 2001 Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HWP) today unveiled the company's first HP CD-Writer/DVD combination drive and a new high-performance HP CD-Writer drive. With these drives, Internet consumers are able to store and share music and images, and create their own custom CDs in less time. The HP CD-Writer DVD Combo 9900ci drive is an internal drive that can be used to read DVD discs, download and store MP3 files and digital images, create custom discs and play CDs. While supplies last, customers who purchase this drive will receive DVD player software that allows them to play DVD movies or multimedia games on a PC. The high-performance internal HP CD-Writer 9710i allows consumers to write 650 MB of data -- 74 minutes of audio to a CD -- in about five minutes. With this CD-writer drive, HP is offering one of the fastest write speeds in the industry today. "HP CD-Writers allow people to store, share or take with them information they have captured from the Internet," said John Spofford, vice president and general manager, HP Colorado Personal Storage Solutions. "These new drives add to HP's range of options for downloading music, images and other digital content quickly and easily."