Ricoh Corporation Launches Encrypt(TM) Ease CD-R Hybrid Security Disc


WEST CALDWELL, N.J., Dec. 8 -- Ricoh Corporation, the leading provider of digital office equipment, today introduced EncryptEase(TM), a secure intelligent recordable compact disc that utilizes built-in software to create a unique hybrid CD-R technology. EncryptEase is the first model to launch in Ricoh's new RR(TM) branded product line, which combines CD-R and CD-ROM technology in order to produce advanced hybrid products for the consumer and business communities.

In today's technology-centric world, it is imperative that mission critical information remains as secure as possible, which can be difficult when information is often shared and stored on easily accessible software and/or hardware. Ricoh's EncryptEase hybrid security CD-R features sophisticated solutions that include strong copy guards, password-protected access and scheduled expiration dates. Through the hybrid concept, the CD-R section automatically stores information, while the encoding/decoding, data compression, writing and copy-guard functions are pre-installed in the ROM section of the disc.

Ensuring protection from unauthorized parties, information burned onto EncryptEase can only be decrypted and retrieved with the assigned password, ensuring safe storage, management and offline-distribution of contents -- an ideal solution for storing sensitive data. Additionally, EncryptEase offers the same input and retrieval functions as a conventional CD-R, and as a value-add, it features a pre-recorded encryption application in the ROM.

Designed with the end-user in mind, EncryptEase is a multi-session CD-R that allows data to be added in up to 20 different sessions, and for ease-of-use, the software launches immediately upon inserting the disc into a PC.

EncryptEase is now available for a suggested retail price of $6.99 at www.ricoh-usa.com/ and will be available at other channels soon. US technical support is available at 1-800-22RICOH (227-4264).

About Ricoh Corporation
Ricoh Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., the 69-year-old leading supplier of office automation equipment and electronics, with fiscal year 2004 sales in excess of $17 billion, a 1.9 percent increase over the previous year.

Ricoh Corporation is a leading provider of document solutions. Ricoh's fully integrated hardware and software products help businesses share information efficiently and effectively by enabling customers to control the input, management and output of documents. Ricoh's line of document management devices include, color and black & white digital imaging systems, facsimile products, printers, scanners, digital duplicators and wide format engineering systems. Additionally, Ricoh offers a wide variety of document and printing solutions directly and through strategic alliances enhancing office productivity and document workflow. Ricoh's document management software enhances workgroup collaboration and offers secure storage, retrieval and sharing of critical information.

Ricoh Corporation directly or through its subsidiaries markets and distributes products in North, Central and South America. For fiscal year 2004, Ricoh Corporation sales exceeded $2.9 billion, an increase of 6.9 percent over the previous year.

Information about Ricoh's complete range of products and services can be accessed on the World Wide Web at www.ricoh-usa.com/.

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Ricoh EncryptEase

*Editor's note: If interested in reviewing or testing the product, please contact Jennifer Kuhl at 212-931-6111 or jkuhl@peppercom.com.

Standard Specifications
Capacity Approximately 600 MB
Max. Writing Speed 40x
Disc Diameter 120mm
Printing Speed 35 ppm
Max. Number of Writing Up to 20 times until capacity is reached
Minimum PC Requirements
PC Operating System Windows 98SE/Me/2000 Professional (SP4)
XP Home Edition/Professional (SP1a/SP2)
PC Processor Speed/PC Windows 98SE/ME: 150 MHz / 64 MB
System Memory Windows 2000: 133 MHz / 128 MB
Windows XP: 300 MHz / 128 MB
PC Hard Drive Space
Encryption (Write) 2 times data size of writing data
Decryption (Read) 800 MB

CONTACT: Russell Marchetta of Ricoh Corporation, +1-973-882-2075, russell.marchetta@ricoh-usa.com Web site: www.ricoh-usa.com/

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