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SMPTE to Offer CCNA Security Along With Full Slate of CCNA Routing and Switching Courses in 2014

Intensive Courses Offer Unique Opportunity to Learn How to Address Critical Networking Security Concerns

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Jan. 21, 2014 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced the addition of CCNA Security to the Society’s current roster of Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) virtual course offerings. The SMPTE Professional Development Academy offers this intensive 12-week virtual course along with the four CCNA Routing and Switching courses — Introduction to Networks (CCNA1), Routing and Switching Essentials (CCNA2), Scaling Networks (CCNA3), and Connecting Networks (CCNA4) — through the SMPTE Virtual Classroom.

“In addition to the CCNA Security course, SMPTE offers all four CCNA Routing and Switching courses to help meet the educational needs of industry professionals as their work becomes ever more network-focused,” said Robert Seidel, executive vice president at SMPTE and vice president of engineering and advanced technology at CBS Television Network. “Whatever their experience and background, engineers today must understand current concepts and practices such as cloud-based computing, the use of Internet Protocol (IP) and internetworking technologies, and infrastructure considerations in the modern media facility. To this end, SMPTE CCNA courses cover the fundamentals of network administration and internetworking concepts, as well as the security concepts that are now essential engineering knowledge.”

The CCNA Security course now being offered by SMPTE provides a next step for individuals who want to enhance their CCNA-level skill set and to help meet the growing demand for network professionals. The curriculum provides an introduction to the core security concepts and skills needed for the installation, troubleshooting, and monitoring of network devices to maintain the integrity, confidentiality, availability, and overall security of data and devices. CCNA1 and CCNA2 are prerequisites for this course.

Each CCNA Routing and Switching course introduced for 2014 has been extended from nine to 12 weeks to help participants better balance professional, personal, and now educational commitments. Covering more advanced, comprehensive, and practical information earlier in the CCNA program assures that course participants are able to effectively apply advanced concepts in the workplace sooner. This real-world practical perspective is supported through the extensive use of Cisco’s Packet Tracer network simulation program during all CCNA courses.

Individuals who completed the previous CCNA Exploration courses and register for subsequent CCNA courses through SMPTE will gain free access to the supplemental self-paced materials developed by Cisco to address any differences between the old and new programs. This allows course participants to better prepare for Cisco’s CCENT and CCNA Routing and Switching Certification Exams, if certification is a goal.

“SMPTE’s CCNA course offerings give broadcast engineers and other professionals in motion imaging engineering a highly valuable and unique educational opportunity: to join other media industry professionals in a course of study that provides comprehensive coverage of crucial networking concepts and principles,” added Seidel. “The positive feedback we’ve received about these courses has been tremendous, and I encourage all industry executives and engineers who are responsible for media production, postproduction, or media engineering functions to consider this program for their technical and engineering staff members and even for themselves.”

These SMPTE Virtual Classroom programs are blended-learning courses utilizing a “flipped classroom” education model. In other words, participants spend time on independent study and ask questions via the virtual classroom’s online discussion forum, and then participate in live weekly instructor coaching sessions where the instructor answers questions and assists with clarifying more complex topics and activities in real-time. This approach allows for maximum flexibility and more effective use of the participant’s time with the instructor. In contrast to a self-paced program, each course has a specific start date, specific stop date, and recommended learning goals to help participants plan their studies and stay on track. Successful completion of these intensive courses is determined by completing graded Packet Tracer internetworking activities, chapter assessments, and a final online examination.

Class sizes for the SMPTE CCNA courses are kept small to allow instructors to provide individual attention to participants. Early registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited. SMPTE members enjoy discounted pricing. When combined with other benefits of SMPTE membership, such as free monthly webcasts and discounts on key industry events, the savings on SMPTE CCNA courses can easily justify joining the Society.

Further information about SMPTE CCNA courses is online at www.smpte.org/education/courses. More information about SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students– who meet in Sections throughout the world, sustain the Society. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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Montreux Jazz Festival and Montreux Music & Convention Centre Rely on Riedel MediorNet

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Jan. 21, 2014 — Riedel Communications, the leading provider of real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that the Montreux Music & Convention Centre (2m2c) used a Riedel MediorNet video and data signal transport network solution during the 47th Montreux Jazz Festival, the second largest annual jazz festival in the world. The organizers used the Riedel system to distribute signals throughout the various concert halls of the festival, which attracts an audience of more than 200,000 people and covers six venues. Besides the renowned jazz festival, the 2m2c is host to a number of events in Montreux including the Montreux Comedy Festival and more than 85 others.

“Our demands have changed drastically over the years,” said Pierre-Yves Nussbaum, audiovisual and multimedia facilities manager at 2m2c, which is responsible for the overall production of the jazz festival. “In 1997, we started with only seven network connections. Since then, and with the help of our MediorNet infrastructure, the system has grown to a capacity of more than 1,200 links, plus a fair number of A/V channels.”

The city of Montreux now uses the fiber-based MediorNet infrastructure for combined distribution and transmission of A/V and IP signals over a completely decentralized network. This infrastructure also allows for transporting the video signals for internal DVB-T TV distribution.

“The flexibility of the systems helped us meet a lot of the Montreux Jazz Festival’s A/V demands. The decentralized control system made it possible to distribute the various sources to the video walls and projectors we were using, and also helped us administer our internal TV programs — all capabilities that we’d been waiting for,” Nussbaum said. “The École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has been assigned to administer and preserve the entire library of video material from the festival — more than 5,000 hours worth — so our goal is to expand the MediorNet infrastructure into the EPFL campus to enable direct access to this precious material. This move would be a crucial step toward a much-desired tapeless workflow.”

Further information about Riedel and its products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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Blonder Tongue Appoints Donald Young as New Business Development Manager

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — Jan. 21, 2014 — Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) today announced that it has appointed Donald Young as business development manager. In his new role, Young will be responsible for developing and implementing growth opportunities for the company’s next-generation digital video solutions and other product lines based upon customer and market feedback.

“We’re excited to welcome Donald Young to the Blonder Tongue management team. Donald is an accomplished systems engineer with extensive experience in cable/telecom video architecture, systems design, program management, and pre- and post-sales customer support,” said Emily Nikoo, executive vice president of Blonder Tongue. “Donald’s proven ability to increase customer satisfaction by driving internal processes and solutions, as well as influence key stakeholders within the industry, will be instrumental in expanding Blonder Tongue’s market reach and revenue streams.”

Prior to joining Blonder Tongue, Young worked for Cisco Systems as a technical advisor, supporting the company’s video processing platforms including encoding, transcoding, digital ad insertion, adaptive bit-rate streaming, and encapsulation. He has more than 19 years of experience and a Bachelor of Science in business management from Shorter University.

“Blonder Tongue offers an unmatched quality, reliability, and engineering expertise for a wide range of markets, including broadcast, education, enterprise, healthcare, hospitality, and government,” said Young. “I look forward to exploring growth areas in these markets as well as additional opportunities outside the context of Blonder Tongue’s current business structure.”

More information on Blonder Tongue and its products is available at www.blondertongue.com.

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About Blonder Tongue
Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) together with R. L. Drake Holdings, LLC — its wholly owned subsidiary — offer customers more than 130 years of combined engineering and manufacturing excellence with solid histories of delivering reliable, quality products. As a leader in the field of cable television communications, the Company provides system operators and integrators serving the cable, broadcast, satellite, IPTV, institutional, and professional video markets with comprehensive solutions for the provision of content contribution, distribution, and video delivery to homes and businesses. The Company designs, manufactures, sells, and supports an equipment portfolio of standard- and high-definition digital video solutions, as well as core analog video and high-speed data solutions for distribution over coax, fiber, and IP networks. Additional information on the Company and its products can be found at www.blondertongue.com and www.rldrake.com.

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The information set forth above includes “forward-looking” statements and accordingly, the cautionary statements contained in Blonder Tongue’s Annual Report and Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 (See Item 1: Business, Item 1A: Risk Factors, Item 3: Legal Proceedings and Item 7: Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations), and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission are incorporated herein by reference. The words “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “project”, “target”, “intend”, “plan”, “seek”, “estimate”, “endeavor”, “should”, “could”, “may”, and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In addition, any statements that refer to projections for our future financial performance, our anticipated growth trends in our business and other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management’s analysis only as of the date hereof. Blonder Tongue undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof. Blonder Tongue’s actual results may differ from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in Blonder Tongue’s “forward-looking” statements.

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Biamp Systems and InfoComm Partner to Train on AV Networking in Mexico

Spanish speaking systems integrators to receive significant discounts on quarterly sessions of InfoComm’s ‘Networking Technology’ class scheduled for 2014

MEXICO CITY — Jan. 20, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, and InfoComm International, a trade association representing the commercial audiovisual industry worldwide, today announced a partnership to provide networked AV systems training to industry professionals in Mexico. As host of four quarterly sessions of InfoComm’s “Networking Technology” course in Mexico City, Biamp(R) is extending a generous discount to its local systems integrators. The three-day sessions are scheduled for:

*Feb. 27-March 1
*May 29-31
*Aug. 18-20 (during TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Mexico 2014)
*Nov. 27-29

“Biamp is committed to supporting education and training programs that can help increase the number of trained AV professionals in Latin America,” said Ernesto Montañez, Area Manager, Central America, Biamp Systems. “InfoComm’s foundational ‘Networking Technology’ class is ideal for current integrators who carry Biamp products as well as those who have completed, or are currently completing, our certification program. Based on the results of a similar course held by InfoComm in December of last year, which was fully booked, we expect demand to be high for the 2014 series of courses.”

“The AV world has changed and if you’re not up to speed on IT networks, you are at risk of being left behind,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. “InfoComm thanks Biamp Systems for helping to develop the industry globally, and Latin America in particular.”

In “Networking Technology,” students will learn to understand and troubleshoot IT networks that support AV systems. Held at the Mexico City office of Biamp Systems’ Mexican distribution partner, Representaciones de Audio, each session will be limited to 10 attendees and will be presented in Spanish. As the program’s sponsor, Biamp is offering its channel partners and Mexican integrators a 50-percent discount on registration.

For details and registration, attendees may contact Rodrigo Casassus Coke at latinamerica@infocomm.org or visit InfoComm online at www.infocomm.org.

More information on Biamp System’s full line of audio solutions is available at www.biamp.com.

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About InfoComm International
InfoComm International(R) is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Additional information is available at www.infocomm.org.

About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona(TM) AEC technology, and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, OR, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, NY. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

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Biamp Systems Appoints Ranjith Peethambaran as South India Area Manager

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Jan. 16, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced that the company has named Ranjith NP as its South India Area Manager. Bringing more than nine years of functional experience in business development to Biamp(R), Ranjith will be responsible for the South India states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Pondicherry.

In his new role, Ranjith will oversee all sales and installations within the area; build and strengthen existing relationships with both integrators and end users; and contribute to strengthening Biamp’s presence, development, and growth within the region. Part of Biamp’s team of India Area Managers, Ranjith will be located in Bangalore and reports to Robin Ghose, Regional Manager — SAARC.

“Ranjith comes to Biamp with a wealth of experience across several operational areas,” said Ghose. “His background in sales and account and project management as well as his expertise in AV system integration will be key assets for our company going forward. We are very excited to welcome Ranjith to our team and look forward to his contributions as we continue our rapid growth within the Indian marketplace.”

“Biamp is an industry leader that has developed a reputation for designing forward-thinking audio products, while focusing on customer satisfaction and delivering quality audio solutions,” said Ranjith. “I am thrilled to join the company and look forward to expanding Biamp’s presence within the South India marketplace and beyond.”

Over the course of his career, Ranjith has held positions within some of India’s leading AV system integration and unified communications companies. He has been the recipient of several awards for outstanding performance in sales, and holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Bangalore University.

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About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona” AEC technology, and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, OR, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, NY. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

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Core Brands Kicks Off 2014 With Electronic House Products of the Year Award for Panamax SP-1000 SmartPlug

PETALUMA, Calif. — Jan. 16, 2014 — Core Brands(R) announced today that the Panamax(R) SP-1000 SmartPlug has been honored with a 2014 Electronic House Products of the Year Award. Based on the criteria of creativity, innovation, functionality, aesthetics and lifestyle benefits to the consumer, the SP-1000 was selected as the winner in the “Energy Monitoring Devices & Services” category.

“2013 was a big year for Core Brands, with distinctive solutions such as the SP-1000 SmartPlug making a tremendous impact in the A/V and energy management markets by bringing the BlueBOLT platform’s benefits down to the individual outlet level,” said John Benz, director of power and accessories, Core Brands. “We’re proud to have this achievement honored by a prestigious award program, and excited that 2014 has started off with such a bang.”

The SP-1000 SmartPlug is a low-cost solution enabling remote energy monitoring, load control and scheduled conservation in a compact device that plugs directly into any standard outlet. It brings the power of the cloud-based BlueBOLT(R) energy management and control platform to the individual outlet level for use with small appliances anywhere in the home. The unit offers a true indicator of energy consumption, allowing consumers to make informed decisions regarding their energy use. Utilizing an intuitive Web interface, users can see energy consumption in dollars, set monthly energy usage budgets and alerts as well as schedule conservation commands to turn off electronics at the outlet and completely eliminate wasted energy.

Electronic House magazine’s Products of the Year Awards recognize the best technologies, products and services for the connected home. Winners were chosen by a panel of distinguished industry leaders, along with the editors of Electronic House and CE Pro.

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About Panamax(R)
Panamax(R) has been an international leader in providing award-winning, innovative power management products for more than 35 years. Its power and energy management products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance, providing longevity to the components connected while protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. Panamax is available in all major electronic markets including home theater, professional audio and music, OEM and office equipment. Panamax/Furman’s cloud-based power and energy management platform, BlueBOLT(R), sets a new industry standard in ease of installation and use. The company is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network, distributors and in select retail outlets. More information is available at www.panamax.com.

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About BlueBOLT(R)
BlueBOLT(R) Remote Power, Energy and Network Management provides real-time, cloud-based control and monitoring of the energy used by electronic devices. Users can simply plug electronics into a BlueBOLT-enabled power management device to open up a new world of command and visibility of energy usage. From easy reboots of locked-up electronics to comprehensive energy tracking and scheduled conservation, BlueBOLT provides a unique combination of control and monitoring directly at the electronics’ power source. More information is available at www.mybluebolt.com.

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About Core Brands(R)
Headquartered in Petaluma, CA, Core Brands(R) is a division of the Nortek Technology Solutions Segment. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes the ATON(R), BlueBOLT(R), ELAN(R), Furman(R), Korus(TM), Niles(R), Panamax(R), Proficient(R), SpeakerCraft(R), Sunfire(R) and Xantech(R) brands. Core Brands has more than 190 years of combined experience in the residential, commercial and professional markets, and more than 4,300 direct customer accounts in multiple distribution channels in the United States and around the world. Visit www.corebrands.com for more information.

Core Brands is a subsidiary of Nortek Inc. (NASDAQ: NTK), a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

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Sonnet Now Shipping Echo Express III-D, III-R, and SE II Expansion Chassis With Thunderbolt 2 Technology

World’s First PCIe(R) Card Expansion Systems With Thunderbolt 2

IRVINE, Calif. — Jan. 16, 2014 — Sonnet Technologies today announced that its Echo(TM) Express III-D (desktop), Echo Express III-R (rackmount), and Echo Express SE II (desktop) Thunderbolt(TM)-to-PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) card expansion chassis are the first devices of their kind to ship with 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt 2 interfaces. These models, which began shipping this week, are the newest members of Sonnet’s award-winning Echo Express family of expansion products that enable any Mac(R) computer equipped with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports to interface with a wide variety of high-performance PCIe cards originally designed only for use in desktop computers.

The Echo Express III-D, Echo Express III-R, and Echo Express SE II incorporate ultra-fast Thunderbolt 2 technology, which delivers twice the throughput of 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt and provides sufficient bandwidth to support many of the highest performance and most demanding PCIe cards. The new expansion chassis support every kind of Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available — enabling the use of professional video capture, audio interface, 16Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, SAS and SATA HBA, and RAID controller cards with Thunderbolt-enabled iMac(R), Mac mini, Mac Pro(R), MacBook Air(R), and MacBook Pro(R) computers. Plus, the Sonnet systems’ dual Thunderbolt 2 ports support full-bandwidth connectivity with Thunderbolt 2-equipped host computers, full backward compatibility with 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt-equipped computers and devices, and daisy-chaining of other Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt devices.

Designed for users needing an optimum solution for connecting three PCIe cards to their computers, both the Echo Express III-D and Echo Express III-R provide one x16 and two x8 PCIe slots to support three full-length, full-height, single-width PCIe cards. Both chassis feature a built-in universal 300W power supply with a 75W auxiliary power connector to support PCIe cards with higher power requirements. In addition, the systems integrate two large ultra-quiet, temperature-controlled cooling fans to enable their use in noise-sensitive environments. The companion Echo Express III-R Mobile Rack Kit enables users to install one or two mobile rack-form-factor devices inside the Echo Express III-R chassis. Peripherals such as LTO tape drives, 2.5-inch SSD or HDD drives, 3.5-inch drives, Blu-ray(TM) burners, and memory card readers can be installed into the kit and connected to the PCIe cards installed in the chassis, saving rack space for other equipment.

The Echo Express SE II was designed for users needing a simple way to connect two adapter cards to their computers, and it supports all but long Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe cards. Weighing just 3.7 pounds and measuring only 6.5 inches wide by 11 inches long by 4.6 inches tall, the Echo Express SE II is compact and lightweight, and its rugged aluminum case provides excellent protection for the cards. The new chassis supports two half-length (up to 7.75 inches long), full-height PCIe 2.0 x8 cards and provides an additional space for a daughter card. Some specialty cards, such as RME’s HDSPe MADI FX card, Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink 4K Extreme, and the Lynx Studio Technology AES16e-50, include a daughter card that mates with and provides additional external connections to the main card. The Echo Express SE II provides the slot space and mounting support for an adjacent daughter card without sacrificing an entire PCIe slot.

“Sonnet has consistently led the way in delivering high-performance and reliable Thunderbolt-enabled products, beginning with the first-ever suite of Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion chassis, and now continuing with the only Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe solutions available,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “Our new Echo Express III-D, Echo Express III-R, and Echo Express SE II not only deliver amazingly fast 20 Gb/sec performance when connected to Thunderbolt 2-equipped computers such as the new Mac Pro, but also are our quietest models yet and are fully compatible with even the earliest Thunderbolt-enabled Macs.”

Until now, the Echo Express III-D, III-R, and SE II have been equipped with 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt technology. Customers who have purchased these Echo Express systems received an in-box coupon for a free upgrade to Thunderbolt 2. These customers will be able to claim their Thunderbolt 2 upgrade from Feb. 3 to March 31, and more information can be found at www.sonnettech.com/thunderbolt2upgrade.

The Echo Express III-D (part number ECHO-EXP3F-D) has a suggested retail price of $979. The Echo Express III-R (part number ECHO-EXP3F-R) has a suggested retail price of $1,199. The Echo Express III-R Mobile Rack Kit (part number ECHO-EXP3FR-MRM) has a suggested retail price of $199. The Echo Express SE II (part number ECHO-EXP-SE2) has a suggested retail price of $499.

More information on the Echo Express III-D is available at www.sonnettech.com/product/echoexpress3d.html.

More information on the Echo Express III-R and Echo Express III-R Mobile Rack Kit is available at www.sonnettech.com/product/echoexpress3r.html.

More information on the Echo Express SE II is available at www.sonnettech.com/product/echoexpressse2.html.

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About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of storage systems, Thunderbolt(TM) technology PCIe(R) expansion products, interface cards, and media readers for professional users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products enable the use of pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with mini, portable, and all-in-one computers. The company’s product line features a range of high-performance, cost-effective, and reliable portable, desktop, and rackmount RAID storage solutions. For more than 25 years, Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market numerous innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac(R), Windows(R), and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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Sonnet Technologies at the 2014 NAMM Show

After winning a best-of-show award in its first appearance at last year’s NAMM Show, Sonnet will be highly visible at this year’s show featuring the latest additions to its Echo(TM) Express family of Thunderbolt(TM) to-PCIe(R) expansion systems designed for audio professionals, now available with Thunderbolt 2 technology. Echo Express solutions facilitate mobile and on-location workflows by enabling the use of a wide variety of high-performance PCI Express(R) (PCIe) cards with any Mac(R) computer with a Thunderbolt port. The system supports PCIe cards from leading manufacturers such as Avid, RME, Lynx Studio Technology, Universal Audio, and many others. At the 2014 NAMM Show, Sonnet will highlight its new Echo Express III-D (desktop) and Echo Express III-R (rackmount) three-slot Thunderbolt 2 expansion chassis, and the Echo Express SE II, a compact two-slot Thunderbolt 2 expansion chassis. Also featured is Sonnet’s third generation xMac(TM) mini Server, which securely mounts a Mac mini computer inside a specially designed 1U rackmount enclosure and connects two PCIe 2.0 slots via a Thunderbolt port.

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The Sonnet Technologies Thunderbolt solutions will be on display in the following booths:
Focusrite Novation, Inc. – Booth # 6464 (Hall A)
Lynx Studio Technology, Inc. – Booth # 6614 (Hall A)
RME (Synthax Inc.) – Booths # 6911 (Hall A), 7000 (Arena)
Solid State Logic – Booth # 6900 (Hall A)
Universal Audio – Booths # 7007 (Arena), 7802 (Arena)
WAVES Inc. – Booth # 6824 (Hall A)

Company Overview:

About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of storage systems, Thunderbolt(TM) technology PCIe(R) expansion products, interface cards, and media readers for professional users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products enable the use of pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with mini, portable, and all-in-one computers. The company’s product line features a range of high-performance, cost-effective, and reliable portable, desktop, and rackmount RAID storage solutions. For more than 25 years Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market numerous innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac(R), Windows(R), and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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Atlona(R) Appoints James Lopez as Senior Director of Product Management

Lopez Brings Rich Background in Product Marketing and Business Unit Management, Most Recently at Logitech, to His New Position

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jan. 15, 2014 — Atlona(R), a leading AV distribution solutions provider, today announced the appointment of James Lopez as senior director of product management. Reporting to Michael Khain, Atlona’s co-founder and vice president of engineering and product development, Lopez will be responsible for managing the ongoing development of Atlona’s complete portfolio of distribution and connectivity solutions.

“We’re very fortunate that a product management professional of James’ caliber has chosen to join our team,” said Khain. “He brings a strong background and deep expertise in product management and marketing, operations, and hardware/software development to his new role — all of which will be great assets as Atlona continues on its strong growth path.”

Prior to joining Atlona, Lopez held various product marketing and management positions at Logitech, most recently serving as general manager of the company’s digital video surveillance business unit. In that role, he was responsible for the company’s market-leading Alert line of digital video surveillance IP cameras, software, apps, and services, which won an Edison Award for innovation and an American Business Award for New Product or Service of the Year — Consumer Products. Before working at Logitech, Lopez served in several product management positions at Electronics for Imaging, Inc. He holds a degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Photo Caption: James Lopez, Senior Director of Product Management for Atlona(R)

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About Atlona(R)
Atlona(R) is a leading provider of innovative, reliable AV and IT distribution and connectivity solutions. Since 2003, the company has been designing and engineering award-winning products for a diverse range of residential and commercial AV and IT markets, including education, business, government, entertainment, and healthcare.

Atlona’s products and services enable system designers, integrators, consultants, and installers to simplify installation, minimize maintenance, and maximize the versatility of premier automated control solutions. Atlona’s vision is simple: deliver customer-driven products designed and developed with the features, performance, and reliability that industry leaders demand; and deliver the best value in the industry.

More information about Atlona is available at www.atlona.com.

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International News Organization Adopts Bittree Demarcation Panels for Connectivity During Transition to New Data Center

GLENDALE, Calif. — Jan. 15, 2014 — Bittree today announced that The Systems Group LLC has just completed a major deployment of Bittree’s BNC, RJ45, and E3 feed-through panels in the New York operations center of a leading international news organization. Installed on two floors of the building, the panels give the customer the flexibility to move video and computing equipment between floors without having to run long cables, as the company consolidates its operations in a new main data center.

“The Bittree coaxial panels have proven to be the ideal solution for our customer, offering a fast and easy means of providing temporary connectivity for equipment as the company re-structures its data center and video resources,” said Matt Marino, integration supervisor at The Systems Group. “Like our other projects that require leading-edge patching equipment, we didn’t hesitate to recommend Bittree solutions for this company. Bittree’s large line of products guarantees that we’ll find what we need for our customers’ requirements without having to go to multiple vendors.”

The Bittree feed-through panels serve as demarcation points on two floors of the customer’s North American operations center, one housing a new data center and production studio and the other containing IT and production equipment that will eventually be migrated to the data center. Altogether, the panels provide connectivity for 96 video and 96 data feeds, carried on coax, twisted pair, and Cat6 cable via BNC, E3, and RJ45 connectors respectively. Rather than the extra-long cable runs that would be required to connect equipment directly, the customer simply plugs the equipment on one floor into the panel for that floor for instant connectivity with equipment elsewhere in the building.

Bittree’s coaxial BNC feed-through panels are built with the highest-quality BNC connectors, rated to 4 Ghz. These high-bandwidth connectors were a major selling point for the customer, which has used Bittree patching systems in its control rooms for more than 10 years. In addition, the feed-through panels are HD SDI-compatible and are available in 1-RU or 2-RU configurations of 1 x 16, 1 x 24, 1 x 32, 2 x 16, or 2 x 24.

More information about Bittree’s full range of video and audio patching systems is available at www.bittree.com.

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Photo Caption: Bittree 2-RU BNC feed-through panel

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About The Systems Group
The Systems Group, with offices in Hoboken, N.J., and Burbank, Calif., is an internationally recognized broadcast systems design and engineering firm. Its consulting and design teams have developed and deployed some of the most progressive systems to date, leveraging robust broadcast-LAN architecture, file-based workflows, centralized SNMP monitoring and control, IPTV distribution, multichannel origination, and 3G infrastructure across a wide range of news, sports, entertainment, and network operations.

About Bittree
Bittree is dedicated to offering state-of-the-art patching systems that streamline signal routing and troubleshooting in media and entertainment operations of all sizes. The company offers an innovative line of audio, video, and data patchbays for use in broadcasting, postproduction, and pro A/V operations. Designed and manufactured to rigid quality standards based on consistency and performance, Bittree’s patching solutions are renowned for their long-term functionality and dependability — especially for mission-critical operations. Based in California, Bittree serves high-profile media and entertainment customers around the world. More information is available at www.bittree.com.

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