"...Oak Technology today announced its latest Compact Disc - Recordable/ReWritable (CD-R/RW) controller, which records at 20 times the speed of the original single-speed CD specification, enabling drives based on it to record a full 650 Megabyte compact disc in less four minutes. The new 20X OTI-9796 controller features Oak's proprietary, patent pending ExacLink technology. Initial design wins for the new OTI-9796 controller include high performance CD-R/RW solutions from industry leaders, Yamaha, Mitsumi and LG Electronics.
Yamaha's new CRW2200 series CD-R/RW drives, the first in the industry to feature 20X write, 10X rewrite and 40X read speeds, are based on Oak's OTI-9796 controller and are being demonstrated March 22 to 28 at CeBIT 2001 in Hanover, Germany. The series of five drives includes Yamaha's Safeburn technology, which employs Oak's ExacLink buffer underrun protection integrated with Yamaha's own chips to achieve the highest accuracy and data continuity possible.
Mitsumi also selected Oak's OTI-9796 controller with ExacLink for its next generation 16X write, 8X rewrite and 40X read CD-R/RW drives, targeted for applications with major PC OEMs as well as for the retail market. "Oak's ExacLink technology, combined with the industry's highest level of integration in an optical storage controller, helps us meet market requirements for higher performance yet cost-effective solutions" said Tadao Kazuno, general manager, ODS Division, Mitsumi Electric Company, Ltd.
LG Electronics "GCE-8080N" model supports 8X writing, 8X rewriting, and 24X playback and measures a mere 12.7mm thick, making it an ideal solution for notebook computers. "The 8080N is the third generation of CD-RW drives we have designed using Oak Technology's controllers and the new ExacLink technology in the 9796 enables us to provide stable, high performance drives with improved data recording capability," said Mun Hwa Park, CEO and President of Hitachi LG Data Storage Co..."