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May 12

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IRVINE, Calif. — May 12, 2009 — Sonnet Technologies today announced that Schenkel Productions, a provider of video production services for two decades, is using the award-winning Fusion™ F2 portable 2-drive RAID SATA storage system to support full HD editing anywhere, any time. Schenkel Productions offers videography, editing, live event production, and DVD authoring services to companies across the United States, and the Fusion F2 supports all of these services by providing high-performance and high-reliability storage, as well as a compact form factor and low power requirements, to enable rapid completion of SD and HD edits.

"Editing can't always be done in the luxury of a post-production suite," said John Schenkel, owner of Schenkel Productions and son of legendary sports broadcaster Chris Schenkel. "Constraints involving location, time, and budget often make on-location mobile editing a necessity, and the Fusion F2 has enabled us to edit anywhere — in a car, on a plane, or on-site — without losing the quality or look that every client demands. The Fusion F2 has made our work a lot easier, and clients are very impressed by what this small and highly portable system allows us to achieve. I just plug it in, and it works."

Schenkel provides mobile Apple Final Cut Pro® and Adobe Premiere® editing on the spot, using the Fusion F2 in a RAID 0 configuration along with a Tempo™ SATA ExpressCard/34 adapter and a MacBook Pro®. He maintains a collection of 20 1TB drives to maintain fast access to stored footage and edits for any project. In his HD work, Schenkel acquires footage with a Sony XDCAM 330 HD® and a Sony HVR-V1U HDV® camera. The Fusion F2 transfers data via two eSATA ports, providing significantly better speed than FireWire® and USB portable drive solutions. Because it draws power from a powered FireWire port, the system can be used even when power is unavailable or an outlet is too far away.

Whereas Schenkel's previous editing solution required that he travel with a hard-sided case, the Fusion F2 fits conveniently into a soft briefcase along with his laptop and mouse. To ensure system reliability in the face of mobile use, each of the Fusion F2's two drives are individually shock-isolated, protecting the drives during transport and virtually eliminating cross-coupled vibration — a potential source of soft-error-induced skipped frames in video capture and playback. Fusion F2 is also energy efficient and extremely cool and quiet. Side-by-side placement of its drives increases the metal case's cooling surface area, so no additional fan is required, thus enabling near-silent operation and reducing the F2's power requirements.

More information about the Fusion F2 is available at www.sonnettech.com/product/fusionf2.html. Details about Sonnet Technologies and the company's other products are available at www.sonnettech.com.

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About Schenkel Productions

Located in Northern Indiana, Schenkel Productions has been providing video programs to companies throughout the United States since 1989. Owner John Schenkel was fortunate to be exposed to television production at an early age by his father, legendary broadcaster Chris Schenkel. Whether producing a product "how-to" for a product or a corporate "image piece," Schenkel Productions strives to provide quality without excessive cost to the customer. Using state-of-the-art equipment, the company keeps up with the latest trends and provides a variety of programs, such as single-camera interview segments, multiple-camera live events, training and instructional videos, CD-ROM and DVD programs, and video streaming. More information is available at www.schenkelproductions.com.

About Sonnet Technologies

Sonnet Technologies Inc. of Irvine, Calif., is a leader in providing local storage systems for professional users of Macintosh®, Windows®, and UNIX® systems in the film, video, and broadcast industries. Since its founding in 1986, Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market innovative solutions that enhance the performance and connectivity of Macintosh and industry-standard computers. Today, the company is a world-leading computer hardware upgrade company with a product line featuring a range of high-performance, cost-effective, and reliable storage solutions, as well as a variety of performance-extending upgrade cards. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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