Sony Core Technology & Network Company Europe (CNCE) introduces a range of computer peripheral products to fuel the convergence of Audio/Video and Information Technology. Playing a key role in the migration of consumer AV applications to PCs will be Sony’s versatile DVD+ReWritable drives and recording media, personal and mobile computer peripherals such as the latest CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drives and its stylish range of PC webcams. On the more professional side Sony recently announced the StorStation range of network file servers and appliances. Optimised for the handling of AV streams, these products make an ideal solution for content creation or video production designers.
Sony’s new Personal and Mobile computer peripherals Sony’s got an impressive pedigree in optical technology. As co-inventor of the CD Sony introduced the world’s first CD player in 1982 and has been a driving force behind all subsequent CD and DVD standards.
With the CRX1750U and CRX85U Sony has announced its first CD-ReWritable products based on the new USB2.0 interface. The new CRX1750U drive with 24x/10x/40x speed enables users to record CDs in less than 4 minutes – an impressive figure for an external device. Furthermore, with a combination of 20x CD-R write, 8x CD-RW rewrite and 24x CD-ROM read speeds with 8x DVD-ROM playback, the CRX85U is the world’s fastest slimline CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive on the market. Both drives come with a comprehensive software package for easy CD content creation, editing and recording as well as data backup on Windows and Macintosh computers.
As a founding member of the DVD+RW Alliance, Sony recently launched its first DVD+RW drive kit, the DRU110A. The DVD+RW format clearly demonstrates its two-way compatibility between the AV and IT worlds by using the same Sony DPW120 disc for both data and video file recording. At 3.2 MB/s throughput the drives offer the fastest rewritable DVD speed available today, and the advanced rewritability features make it possible to randomly replace or add any individual 32KB block or a whole video or data file.
The DVD+RW format is compatible with many DVD video players in the market enabling consumers to personalise DVD discs from digital or analogue videos or photos and share them with their family and friends. Today Sony announced its first external DVD+RW drive DRX120L with i.LINK (Firewire / IEEE-1394) connectivity. The DRX120L connects to the same interface as many popular digital video cameras, making the new drive an integral part of any computer based video editing and DVD recording solution.
Last but not least Sony’s CMR series of webcam kits make the computer a base station for video enabled online chatting or basic video conferences, recording and sending video clips or photos and even designing websites. The matchbox sized, metallic finish notebook webcams, the CMR-PC2 and CMR-PC3 are the smallest and lightest webcams available on the market. While they clip unobtrusively to the top edge of a notebook screen the latest addition to the range – the CMR-PC4 – is designed with the desktop PC in mind. All models in the range come with a comprehensive software kit.