C-it Digital Video PC Camera Takes Advantage of USB Support for in Windows 98

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 25, 1998 — Xirlink Inc. and Microsoft Corp. today announced that Xirlink will demonstrate its new digital video PC camera, C-it
™(model XVP525), at the Windows® 98 launch event today in San Francisco. C-it takes advantage of the native support in the Microsoft® Windows 98 operating system for the Universal Serial Bus (USB), to provide users with instant plug-and-play functionality. This eliminates the need to install peripheral cards inside the PC, reconfigure systems and software, or occupy multiple serial and parallel port connectors.

With Xirlink’s C-it digital video PC camera and Windows 98, users can easily transform their PCs into video media centers, using the more than 200 software products on the market today that utilize a camera.

“With the delivery of Windows 98 and USB, you will see an explosion of PC cameras entering the marketplace,”
said Patrick Lin, president and CEO of Xirlink.
“We are excited to be demonstrating today how C-it offers a faster way to easily capture images and video to enhance the PC experience.”

“We’re excited to have Xirlink at today’s launch event,”
said Rob Bennett, group product manager, Windows platform, at Microsoft Corp.
“The combination of Windows 98 and USB cameras such as C-it will help bring digital imaging into the mainstream.”

Microsoft Windows 98 builds on the breakthrough features of the Windows 95 operating system by improving performance, reliability and ease of use, as well as unlocking an exciting new range of PC hardware and entertainment capabilities. For more information on Windows 98, visit http://www.microsoft.com/windows98/ .

C-it XVP525 combines Xirlink’s award-winning USB camera with great applications at a low price of $98.98. The camera features Xirlink’s second-generation video compression engine chip, ViCE
, which allows the camera to achieve 30fps in cells in frame (CIF) resolution (352 x 288) and in 24-bit or true-color mode. The OpArt Video Mail application included with C-it takes communication functionality to the next level by letting users quickly send video messages to anyone with a Windows-compatible PC. Users also receive ArcSoft’s Photo Impression software, which gives them the ability to easily edit photos, and includes a complete image library and templates. For more information about C-it, visit Xirlink at http://www.xirlink.com/ .

Founded in 1993, Xirlink Inc. is a subsidiary of WBL Corp. Ltd., a $600 million company. Xirlink is dedicated to providing complete consumer multimedia solutions to its customers. Its vision is to be an impact player in the incredibly fast growing videoconferencing marketplace. Xirlink was one of the first companies to introduce a video CD player in 1995, and it continues to be one of the leading suppliers of video CD player modules in the world. Xirlink currently employs over 50 people at its San Jose headquarters in the heart of Silicon Valley.

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) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

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