"...LaCie announced today that it will demonstrate its new FireWire-equipped external DVD-R/CD-RW drive during ShowBiz Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center this week. Entertainment content developers who visit LaCie's Booth will see the convenience and savings that can be achieved by using a single drive to write and read 4.7GB DVD-R General discs as well as 650MB CD-R and CD-RW discs. LaCie will begin shipping the combo drive early in June.
Designed to store and deliver digital data, video, and audio, the LaCie DVD-R/CD-RW drive records to 4.7GB DVD-R General Use discs at 2x (2.6 MB/sec) speed and provides 6x (7.8 MB/sec) read performance for DVD-R, DVD-Video and DVD ROM discs. Smaller files can be stored on lower-cost 650MB CD-Rs at 8x speed or on CD-RW discs at 4x speed. CD playback is at 24x. DVD-R General discs are ideal for a wide range of applications because they can be played back on most DVD-ROM drives and DVD players. The high-capacity, write-once DVD General media also provides secure, removable storage for business, financial, and legal records, as well as healthcare and government records that cannot be altered or erased.
The LaCie DVD-R/CD-RW drive will be available in June through LaCie's accredited resellers and mail order partners with prices starting at $999. The external drives ship complete with a built-in FireWire interface, and an international power supply, as well as three 80-min. CD-R discs and one DVD-R disc. The LaCie Recording Utilities CD package is also included, which provides all of the editing and authoring software on a single CD-ROM for both PC and Macintosh environments: With the release of Linux 2.4, FireWire is supported in the Linux operating system. Other Linux users may download X-CD-Roast from the Internet. LaCie also offers 4.7GB DVD-R General media at $15..."