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To: BillyG who wrote (49031)4/16/2000 12:26:00 PM
From: John Rieman
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PS2 to have a hard drive and a modem, this Fall............

news.cnet.com

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To: Tim Michaels who wrote ()4/16/2000 2:22:00 PM
From: DiViT
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Holders Register C-CUBE MICROSYSTEM INC Stock

04/14/2000 Federal Filings Newswires

(Copyright (c) 2000, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.)


FFBN SOURCE: FORM144

ISSUER: C-CUBE MICROSYSTEM INC
SYMBOL: CUBE

FILER: LAMOND DAVID
TITLE: None
BROKER: MONTGOMERY SECURITIES
SHARES REGISTERED: 5000 DATE REGISTERED: 04/10/2000


FILER: WALCZYKOWSKI WALTER
TITLE: Officer
BROKER: PAINEWEBBER INC
SHARES REGISTERED: 30000 DATE REGISTERED: 04/10/2000

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To: Tim Michaels who wrote ()4/16/2000 5:51:00 PM
From: DiViT
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The Phantom Menace on a disk?

Not DVD disks, VCD disks...

coolvcd.com

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To: John Rieman who wrote (49042)4/16/2000 10:12:00 PM
From: BillyG
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Hmmm. Playstation 2 may not make it out of Japan because it could be used as a military weapon......
(Can you see China and Taiwan battling it out on PS2s?)
news.cnet.com

Japan slaps export controls on PlayStation 2

By Reuters
Special to CNET News.com
April 16, 2000, 1:30 p.m. PT

Japan has slapped export controls on Sony?s new PlayStation 2 video game console because the machine is so sophisticated it could be used for military purposes.

The popular gaming machine, which includes a digital video disc (DVD) player and will eventually offer Internet access, is Sony's most profitable product. The company said it had shipped 1.4 million in the month after the game's March 4 launch in Japan.

The console and its memory card have been designated as ``general-purpose products related to conventional weapons' because they contain components that could be used for military devices such as missile guidance systems, the Kyodo news agency quoted industry sources as saying.

PlayStation 2 is the first game console to face export controls under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Control Law, according to the Kyodo report.

The law requires the trade ministry's approval for the export of restricted products worth more than $472. Thus, the export of more than two consoles would be controlled because each is priced at about $350.

``We have mixed feelings because our efforts to produce a game console of the highest quality have resulted in legal restrictions,' the Asahi Shimbun newspaper quoted an official of Sony Computer Entertainment as saying.

``We could not compromise because of the fierce competition in the industry,' he said.

Officials of the trade ministry and Sony could not be reached for further comment.

With U.S. software giant Microsoft due to enter the lucrative video game market later next year with its own high-performance console, tentatively called the X-Box, export controls could hinder Sony's ability to compete, Kyodo quoted industry sources as saying.

The first version of the PlayStation generated approximately 40 percent of Sony's group-based operating profits.

Sony Computer Entertainment, a Sony subsidiary, has said it aims to ship four million PlayStation 2 consoles in Japan and three million each in Europe and the United States through next year. Overseas shipments are due to start later this year.

``These days there are so many items that have technology for civilians that can also be used for military purposes, and of course, PlayStation 2 is among these goods,' the Asahi Shimbun newspaper quoted military commentator Kensuke Ebata as saying.

Military analysts cited the example of a Tomahawk missile that needs to ``see' where it is going until it strikes its target and must process graphic material at high speed to keep to its target. PlayStation 2's graphic processing capability is fast enough to enable it to be used in a missile.

Japan's government has become increasingly wary of the possibility that products meant for civilian use could be diverted for weapons use.

Japanese radar and communications devices for civilian use were discovered in a North Korean submarine sunk by the South Korean military in December 1998, and two Japanese men were arrested in January on suspicion of illegally shipping parts for anti-tank rocket launchers to Iran.

The export restrictions are just the latest in a string of problems that have plagued Sony's most profitable product.

Sony Computer Entertainment said this month that users could illegally manipulate the machine to copy DVD movies to videotape. Last month it said it had found the game player could be used to watch digital video disk software sold overseas in breach of a worldwide agreement among DVD player makers.

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To: BillyG who wrote (49045)4/17/2000 2:09:00 PM
From: Manuel Vizcaya
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Divi win in China. I guess this is why they opened up all those offices in China awhile back.

biz.yahoo.com

Monday April 17, 1:24 pm Eastern Time

Company Press Release

DiviCom Wins Head-End Deployment for Buildup of Digital Television Distribution System in
China's Guangdong Province

Guangdong Broadcast and Network Center Selects Leading Digital Video Open Solutions Provider for Head-End's Flexibility,
Cost-Effectiveness

MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 17, 2000-- DiviCom©, the world's leading provider of open solutions for digital television, today announced that the Guangdong Broadcast and Network
Center in China has selected its digital head-end solution for the expansion of the television network's distribution system.

The Center in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province, is expanding its ability to deliver programming to major television stations in this region of 70 million people. The province is home to three of the
five special economic zones in southern China targeted for economic growth and accounts for about 40 percent of the country's foreign trade.

To help with the network expansion, DiviCom will provide 31 digital encoders to be used to transmit not only five channels of programming to 35 municipal television stations, but programming from 21 of
those stations back to the Center to complete a centralized distribution network. System integration of the project will be completed by August.

DiviCom will also provide decoders, multiplexers and other digital head-end equipment in a deployment that is part of trend by China to expand its national television infrastructure. To date, more than a third
of China's 31 provinces have installed distribution systems -- known as provincial SDH networks for digital video distribution -- like Guangdong's.

The deployment is the latest in a string of significant forays DiviCom has made into China since last year. DiviCom was selected to supply the head-end for the nation's first digital cable system (HFC). In
February, the open solutions provider deployed head-end technology for the country's first multi-channel, multi-point distribution system (MMDS). And in August 1999, DiviCom's head-end solution was
chosen for China's first direct-to-home (DTH) broadcast satellite service.

In the Guangdong deployment, DiviCom's open head-end solution brought flexibility and cost-effectiveness to the integration of the broadcast center's equipment with digital television infrastructure
components from several other suppliers. Its open solutions approach will play a key role as the expansion continues.

``We are proud to have been selected to contribute to such an important part of the country's economic growth,' said Tom Lookabaugh, President of DiviCom. ``The buildup of China's broadband
infrastructure will help fuel the growth of the country's broadcast and cable markets and pave the way for emerging digital television applications. We look forward to bringing our open solutions and
worldwide integration expertise to other provinces and continuing to help expand China's television distribution systems.'

About DiviCom

DiviCom, a division of C-Cube Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq:CUBE - news), provides open solutions for digital television including audio/video encoders, stream processors and network management systems,
as well as data broadcast solutions and integration and support services. Based on the MPEG-2, DVB, SCTE, and ATSC international standards, DiviCom products allow digital video to be broadcast over
various networks including satellite, wireless, fiber and cable.

As announced on October 27, 1999, C-Cube Microsystems has entered into a definitive agreement to combine DiviCom with Harmonic (Nasdaq:HLIT - news), and to spin off or sell its semiconductor
business prior to the closing of the transaction. The deal is expected to close in May 2000.

C-Cube is the leading provider of digital video silicon solutions for the communications, consumer electronics and computer markets. Both companies are based in Milpitas, Calif. C-Cube can be reached at
408/490-8000 or www.c-cube.com and DiviCom at 408/490-6700 or www.divi.com.

Note to Editors: DiviCom and MediaView are trademarks of DiviCom. C-Cube and the C-Cube logo are trademarks of C-Cube Microsystems Inc.

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To: Manuel Vizcaya who wrote (49046)4/17/2000 2:26:00 PM
From: BostonView
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Great news! This win bolsters the $19 support level <ggbarfgg>. BV

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To: FPalardy who wrote (49038)4/17/2000 2:28:00 PM
From: Christopher Jack
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Well, it looks like we may go through the 1st support. I'm long since '96 so it's not hurting me too bad yet. I'm kicking myself for not taking the money and running at 100 though. I have a question for all Cube owners. I know there is a Cube stockholder meeting on 4/24, but I have not received anything from Cube yet! Has anyone else received anything from Cube concerning the HLIT deal?

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To: John Rieman who wrote (49042)4/17/2000 4:10:00 PM
From: J Fieb
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John R., Apple reports tomorrow, but C-cube gets quite a bit of press in this piece. Hmmmmmm. Timo and others have been wanting this......time will tell.....Lots of Apple customers haven't been to happy with the video DVD problems...Would be nice if they'd adopt the DVx???


C-Cube DVD chip link-up likely
Apple's computer sales key in quarter




cbs.marketwatch.com

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A major chip-related announcement featuring Apple is expected from semiconductor maker C-Cube (CUBE: news, msgs). The Milpitas, Calif.-based maker of chips that compress digital video signals for broadcast and electronic makers is said to be gearing up to make an announcement in conjunction with its own first-quarter earnings results on April 24.

Analysts don't deny the possibility is strong that C-Cube will provide Apple with DVD chips for use in certain computer models, and, while neither company would comment on the speculation, Arun Veerappan at Robertson Stephens said the timeframe is "appropriate."

"It's reasonable that it comes out in this timeframe, because Apple would need to start to buy this product and put it into their machines ahead of the Christmas selling season, which is where a lot of the consumer interest in DVD will be," Veerappan said.

DVD chips would enhance Apple's Power Mac G4 video capabilities which can be loaded with the company's Final Cut Pro video-editing software.

Dan Scovel, a semiconductor analyst at Needham & Co., added that C-Cube has dropped hints over the last few months that it's been in talks of some form with Apple. Scovel said he wouldn't be surprised by such an agreement.

Last quarter, C-Cube entered an agreement to sell its digital video communications business, called, DiviCom, to Harmonic (HLIT: news, msgs). The deal is expected to close soon. C-Cube will then become a stand-alone semiconductor business.




Meanwhile, Veerappan has a $111 million revenue estimate for C-Cube, coupled with an earnings target of 34 cents a share, but added that there could be room for upside on the profit figure. Analysts surveyed by First Call predict the chipmaker will earn 36 cents a share in its first quarter.

C-Cube makes encoding chips for transmitting or recording, as well as decoding chips for receiving or playback digital video applications. Among its customers are Samsung, Hitachi (HIT: news, msgs), JVC and Acer. The chips are then used in DVD players, PCs, set-top cable boxes, as well as satellite broadcasting systems.

Apple is known for making splashy and flashy announcements during conferences and events. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company is expected to expand on its Mac OS X offering during its Worldwide Developers Conference 2000 in May.

"It's the natural venue for Steve (Jobs) to really get the developers on board for OS X," said Warburg's Wolf.

Additionally, the International Data Group-sponsored Macworld Expo will be held this summer. There, analysts expect the company to make a hardware announcement.

Janet Haney is an online reporter for CBS MarketWatch.


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To: J Fieb who wrote (49049)4/17/2000 4:31:00 PM
From: J Fieb
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Open Q. If CUBE and Apple have a deal will it be just for some Ziva's, which are not generally used in PCs so much any more or is it for the encoding possibility?? Any guesses or help on this one? Thanks in advance.

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To: J Fieb who wrote (49050)4/17/2000 5:04:00 PM
From: DiViT
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See my #reply-13396650

Me thinks it be Codec chips...

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