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Cornice Demonstrates Perpendicular Recording Technology

January 3, 2006

LONGMONT, Colo. (Jan. 3, 2006) Cornice Inc. -- an innovator in consumer storage solutions -- today announced that it has demonstrated perpendicular recording technology (PMR), a new hard drive technology that will double today's capacities based on vertical recording. Cornice will apply PMR to its next-generation products and expects a majority of its drives to use this technology starting the second half of 2006.

"The increase in availability and distribution of digital content, coupled with the growing desire to store it, is driving the demand for higher-capacity storage in consumer electronics," said Martin Lynch, Cornice executive vice president and chief operating officer. "Cornice has demonstrated advanced perpendicular technology and will remain on the cutting-edge in terms of its storage products. In fact, Cornice's mechanics and electronics are already capable of supporting PMR, so we are ready for PMR integration in our next-generation products."

About Perpendicular Recording

Longitudinal recording aligns the data bits horizontally, parallel to the surface of the disk. In contrast, perpendicular recording aligns the bits vertically, perpendicular to the disk, which allows additional room on a disk to pack more data, enabling higher recording densities. Perpendicular recording enables improved ability of a bit to retain its magnetic charge, a property called coercivity. Since perpendicular recording is technically the closest alternative to longitudinal recording, it is enabling the industry to capitalize on current knowledge while delaying the superparamagnetic effect.

Meet Cornice At CES

Cornice will be showcasing the new Dragon Series storage at the International Consumer Electronics Show from January 5 - 8, 2006, at the Las Vegas Convention Center (South 4 Hall, booth 35579).

About Cornice

Cornice Inc. is the leading innovator in consumer storage solutions that enable a new generation of pocket-able consumer electronic devices for the world's foremost brand-name manufacturers. The one-inch Cornice storage solutions are durable, integrated personal storage that brings new levels of ruggedness and content capacity to these devices. Cornice storage is built into a wide variety of consumer products, including mobile phones, MP3 players, personal video recorders, GPS devices and portable storage products. Cornice customers consist of the world's leading consumer electronics manufacturers. Privately held, Cornice is headquartered in Longmont, Colorado, with integration centers in Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Visit Cornice at http://www.corniceco.com.


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