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 New Panasonic DVD drives shown at COMDEX offer speed while providing DVD-RAM/R/RW flexibility
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Message Text: New Panasonic MULTI Drives, which support DVD-RAM/R/RW formats, will be demonstrated during this year's COMDEX alongside other DVD- RAM products to highlight the continued growth of the format.

The new DVD drives extend the current Panasonic drive lineup and capabilities in three ways. The new high-speed DVD MULTI models - both OEM and branded - now provide users 3X DVD-RAM and 4X DVD-R write speeds. In addition, the new Panasonic lineup also features an OEM Slim and Super Slim drive, as well as two branded MULTI Drives - providing users with internal and external solutions for DVD recordability - even in the slimmest of notebooks and laptops. The OEM Slim and Super Slim measure less than one-half inch high and weigh less than 7.5 oz. The new drives include read/write support for all Recordable DVD formats approved by the DVD Forum and read/write support for CD-R/RW discs.

In addition, Panasonic is rounding out its new branded drive line with an external slim CD-R/RW burner with read support for DVD-RAM/R/RW, as well as DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, CD-R and CD-RW.

The new drives, which are available now include:

- LF-P567CU Portable MULTI DVD Recorder USB 1.1 or USB2.0
- LF-M621U Internal MULTI DVD recorder
- OEM UJ-812 OEM DVD MULTI Super Slim 9.5mm Tray Type
- OEM UJ-811 OEM DVD MULTI Slim 12.7mm Tray Type
- OEM UJ-815 OEM DVD MULTI Slim 12.7mm Slot Type
- OEM SW-9572 OEM DVD MULTI 4X Cartridge Type
- OEM SW-9582 OEM DVD MULTI 4X Tray Type

In addition to reading and writing DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, CD-R and CD-RW discs, the new MULTI Drives can also play DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio and CD-ROM discs.

When using Panasonic's new full size MULTI Drives -models OEM SW-9572 and SW-9582, and Panasonic branded drive LF-M621U - to write to a 4.7GB DVD-R disc, the drive achieves speeds of 4x, with DVD-ROM playback at 12X.

The slim and external DVD MULTI Drives deliver on size, convenience, and speed - offering twice the speed of its Panasonic predecessors. The drives offer a 2X DVD-RAM/R write speed and 8X DVD-ROM read. In addition, all of the drives ensure error-free recording with buffer under-run technology. In addition, the branded MULTI Drives are bundled with software for ever consumers need including DVD-MovieAlbumSE 3.0, MyDVD(TM) 4, WinDVD(TM) 4, B's Recorder Gold5 basic, FileSafe and B's CliP5.

Price, Availability:

The Panasonic branded DVD MULTI Drives and CD-R/RW Burner, Models LF- P567CU, LF-M621U and KXL-CB30AU are available now and retail for $349.00, $299.00 and $225./00* respectively. The OEM line of drives is also available now and manufacturers interested in the new drives should contact Panasonic Industrial Company.
 
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