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Appeared on: Thursday, May 17, 2001
Yamaha US announces CRW2200 series

"...Yamaha US announces the introduction of the industry's fastest internal and external ReWritable CD recorders. The all-new, multi-platform LightSpeed(2) CRW2200 Series models are capable of recording on CD-R discs at an industry-first top speed of 20X, writing a full CD in under four minutes; rewriting CD-RW discs at a top speed of 10X; and reading CDs at a sustained maximum rate of 40X. In addition, the CRW2200 Series allows users to rip audio CDs at a maximum speed of 40X-up to 66 percent faster than conventional CD-RW recorders currently in the marketplace-allowing digital audio extraction of a 74-minute audio disc in less than three minutes.

To achieve the industry's fastest CD-R write speed, Yamaha developed the CRW2200 Series to take advantage of Partial Constant Angular Velocity (P-CAV) technology, a combination of CAV and standard Constant Linear Velocity (CLV) technology, for optimum performance. The CAV recording method keeps the disc rotation speed constant while adjusting the data transfer rate depending upon which portion of the disc is being recorded.

In addition to utilizing conventional CLV recording at 2X, 4X, 8X, and 10X in rewriting mode, the CRW2200 also supports the 4X-10X CAV mode. Yamaha CRW2200 CD-RW recorders will also be the first CD recorders to use the Yamaha SafeBurn System with its exclusive Triple Protection Architecture. The SafeBurn System provides the new recorders with an advanced buffer underrun control system, an 8MB buffer and Yamaha's Optimum Write Speed Control which, by checking a disc's capability and the recording conditions, allows LightSpeed(2) recorders to select the optimum writing speed to further improve reliability.

The new CD Mastering software included in CRW2200 Series includes Ahead Software's award-winning Nero, along with the new InCD for packet writing, NeroMIX for audio ripping, Nero Wave Editor for audio file editing. Also included in CRW2200 External format models are Ahead Software's NeroMAX for CD Mastering using Macintosh computers. All U.S. retail pack LightSpeed(2) recorders also feature Adobe's PhotoDeluxe (for IBM) and PhotoShop LE (for Mac) digital imaging products.

Yamaha's new LightSpeed(2) family will feature five models: the internal CRW2200EZ using E-IDE (ATAPI) interface, shipping in May 2001; the internal CRW2200SZ using Ultra SCSI (SCSI-3) interface; the external CRW2200SXZ using Ultra SCSI interface and the external CRW2200FXZ using IEEE 1394 FireWire technology, available in June 2001. The external CRW2200 USB 2.0 model will be available in late July 2001..."



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