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Tuesday, June 25, 2002
Yamaha CRW-F1 Series: Introduction of external models


The YAMAHA Corporation, market leader in the development and production of high-quality CD-ReWritable drives, introduces the external models of the already announced CRW-F1 drive series. The internal IDE/ATAPI version will be joined at Mid August by three external versions, including the new “DX” model, with dual interface USB 2.0/1.1 + IEEE1394/FireWire. Furthermore the design of the models is completely new and innovative.

The versions are:

1) CRW-F1UX: USB 2.0/1.1 interface; incl. Ahead Nero 5.5, InCD, NeroMix
2) CRW-F1DX: Dual interface USB 2.0/1.1 + IEEE1394/FireWire; incl. Ahead Nero 5.5, InCD, NeroMix and Roxio Toast
3) CRW-F1SX: SCSI interface; incl. Ahead Nero 5.5, InCD, NeroMix and Roxio Toast

The highlights of the CRW-F1 series are Disc T@2 [disk tæ’tu:], the function for labelling the data side of CD-Rs which was first presented at the CeBIT 2002, and Advanced Audio Master Quality Recording for optimum sound quality of home-burned music CDs. CRW-F1 is the first drive to offer 24x CD-RW recording and 44x high-speed CD recording with maximum data quality using the new “Q-MAX” quality concept by YAMAHA.

The features at a glance:
- Disc T@2 [disk tæ’tu:]
- Advanced Audio Master quality recording
- 44x CD-R recording
- 24x CD-RW recording
- 44x reading speed
- 44x high-fidelity audio ripping
- Yamaha Q-MAX Quality concept
- CAV writing method
- CD-MRW (CD-Mount Rainier ReWrite)
- CD-RW Audio Track edit mode

- SafeBurn:
Buffer Underrun Protection
8 MB Buffer
Optimum Write Speed Control

- Incl. software: Nero, Nero Cover Designer with DiscT@2 function, NeroMIX, InCD, Nero Toolkit and Roxio’s Toast (with DX and SX models)

Disc T@2 [disk tæ’tu:]
– CDs simply can not be designed and labelled more indivually than this. Disc T@2 represents a new technology in the new CRW-F1 series permitting not only data to be written on the data side of the CD-R but also graphic images which are practically tatooed on. This process requires extremely precise laser control which is currently only available from Yamaha.

Experts at YAMAHA have now succeeded in developing both laser output and rotation control in such a way that the CD-RW recorder is capable of burning images onto the CD-R as well as content in the form of data. This enables the user to write a practical “memo” such as a date, index, logo or picture on the unused area of the disk.

Disc T@2 offers a variety of different possibilities:

- Contents: CDs can include information such as the album title, artist or date.
- Promotion: corporate logos can be burned onto the presentation CD.
- Security: security information can be imprinted which can not be changed.
- Creativity: no limits to the imagination – home-burned CDs become works of art!

The Nero software included in the scope of supply permits the Disc T@2 CD to be created as easily as a CD cover.

Advanced Audio Master quality recording

This feature offers the best sound quality for home-burned music CDs – which are almost comparable with Audio Master CDs! “The benchmark is the original” is the Audio Master concept. Thanks to this function, any disturbances in the audio-digital data flow, so-called jitter, are reduced considerably in order to achieve the best possible sound quality of audio tracks on CD-R disks. This results in a distinctly audible clarity in the high and medium sound range, full bass reproduction and convincing spatial presentation, thus permitting reproduction which is true to the original.

When the CRW-F1 series is in Audio Master mode, longer pits and lands compared to normal audio mode are written at speeds of up to 8x resulting in the following storage capacities of CD blanks: 650 MB – 63 mins., 700 MB – 68 mins. and 870 MB – 79 mins.

High quality & high speed thanks to YAMAHA “Q-MAX”

Q-MAX is the name of YAMAHA’s new Quality concept and this stands for CD-writing technology which offers the highest possible quality without a loss in speed and additional exclusive features. For this, Yamaha has developed its own new LSI chip set: Yamaha YDC-132-V is the heart of the new CRW-F1 drive generation and controls all of the excellent Yamaha features and specifications of the CRW-F1 series:

• High-quality full CAV writing method for CD-R/CD-RW/CD-ROM at high speed
• Yamaha’s original CAV writing strategy
• Full digital optical laser pick-up servo control
• DiscT@2
• Advanced Audio Master quality recording

CD-RW technology has displayed rash development in terms of writing speeds over the past few months.

CRW-F1 is fast: 44x CD-R, 24x CD-RW and 44x CD reading speed permit high-speed CD recording, not 48x as offered by drives from other manufacturers, but without any compromises in the quality of the data recorded. This is displayed in excellent jitter values for CD-Rs burned using the CRW-F1 as well as significantly fewer C1 errors. Yamaha puts quality before minimum improvements in speed by raising the X-factor for CD-R recording.

CD-MRW (CD Mt. Rainier ReWrite)

The CRW-F1 also includes the new industrial standard CD-MRW (CD Mount Rainier ReWrite) which will sooner or later replace the standard diskette drive altogether as the CD-MRW finally permits a CD-RW to be handled just like any other exchange medium.

The essential functions are:
- formating in the background
- CD ejection possible at all times
- logical 2K addressing when writing
- physical error management by the drive.

CD-RW Audio Track edit mode

The CD-RW is also gaining in popularity as a data carrier for audio data. YAMAHA has realised this feature exclusively included in the CRW-F1 to enable audio tracks recorded on CD-RWs to be edited without requiring the entire CD to be deleted. This permits individual audio tracks to be added to or deleted from the CD-RW – at up to 24x speed.

SafeBurn
YAMAHA has created a safety standard in the form of SafeBurn technology which represents a triple safety combination ensuring 100% safety and therefore the very best quality of your data when burning CD-R/RWs.

SafeBurn comprises:
- Buffer underrun protection
For avoiding spoiled CD blanks when the data flow to the recorder is interrupted. The laser notes the last position imprinted and continues from there as soon as the data supply recommences from the source drive.
- 8 MB buffer
Guarantees constant writing at high speed. The advantage of this generous buffer is the fact that the buffer underrun protection included in SafeBurn only acts in emergencies when the internal data flow to the recorder is interrupted.
- Optimum write speed control
This function permits the CRW-F1 series to automatically select the ideal speed for the CD blank inserted in the event of the medium being unsuitable for higher speeds.

Service

The exemplary Yamaha service offers a 48-hour advance exchange, a two-year warranty and a competent, toll-free hotline.

Scope of supply

The scope of supply includes burn software from Ahead: Nero 5.5, NeroMix, InCD 2.0, Nero Toolkit, Nero Cover Designer with DiscT@2 function as well as Roxio’s Toast (with DX and SX model). Furthermore 1 CD-R blank and 1 CD-RW blank, a manual and software instructions.


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