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Appeared on: Tuesday, January 02, 2001
Addonics announces USB interface for combo drive

"...Addonics Technologies today announced an ultra-slim DVD/CD-ROM device that weighs less than one pound, and is barely larger than a compact disc. Mobile computer users can play DVD movies, DVD material or CD-ROM data at high-speed with Addonics' new ultra-slim Pocket DVD8x24 combo drive. Barely larger than a compact disc, the Addonics Pocket DVD8x24 provides DVD/MPEG II as well as CD/CD-RW audio and video playback on all USB interface mobile computers and desktop PCs.

The Pocket DVD8x24 turns any notebook PC into a portable DVD/CD-ROM player to deliver high quality audio and video with low CPU utilization. Users can play full-screen DVD movies with the drive's MPEG2 decoding software. The drive is also compatible with the leading multimedia compact disc formats, including CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-I, CD-DA, CD-Bridge, CD-Extra, and Video CD. It will read all CD-R and CD-RW recorded media and is Photo CD multi-session compliant.

The Addonics Pocket DVD8x24 drive features a front-panel loading tray that requires no caddies or cartridges. It has a list price of $349, and includes Windows 98, 2000, Me (Millennium Edition) MPEG II decoding software. The drive ultra-slim enclosure measures 6.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches, and weighs only 14 ounces. The drive can be powered from the keyboard port of the notebook computer for true portability or from the included 110/240V AC/DC power adapter..."



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