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  • Citizen Watch, Iomega to Develop Removal Drive Tech
  • March 31, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Citizen Watch Co., Ltd. said it signed an OEM contract with Iomega Corp. of the United States for manufacturing Iomega's compact removal disk drive called Clik!? and joint development of products based on that drive.
    Under the agreement, Citizen Watch will manufacture the Clik!? Drive, distribute it globally and supply it on an OEM basis to Japanese and overseas manufacturers. The announcement was made at the CeBIT trade show in Hannover, Germany.

    Citizen will start distributing the device in August. "Clik!? Drive" is used as an insert in a Type II PC card slot. Data is read and written on a 40MB removal disk called Clik!? Disk.

    According to Citizen Watch, the retail price and sales targets for the disk drive in Japan are not yet decided. In the United States, a disk costs less than US$9.95, and a drive costs less than US$200. Pricing will be similar in Japan.

    Matsushita Communication Industrial Co., Ltd. also is interested in an OEM licensing agreement for "Clik!?." According to Iomega Japan Corp., a similar contract will be made with Matsushita Communication Industrial.

    (Hi-Tech News Center)

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    Updated: Mon Mar 30 16:36:39 1998