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Appeared on: Tuesday, March 26, 2002
TEAC USA announces CD-W540E

TEAC announces the immediate availability of its new 40x12x48 CD-RW drive, an internal desktop PC peripheral used for the writing and rewriting of data and audio files onto CD-Recordable and CD-Rewritable media. Performing at the fastest speeds available today, the TEAC 40x12x48 kit includes a full-featured software suite enabling users to create data and audio CDs, enhance digital photos and organize, rip and burn MP3 music.

The TEAC 40x12x48 CD-RW drive writes data at 40X (CD-R), rewrites at 12X (CD-RW) and can playback at 48X (CD-ROM) speeds, constituting the fastest industry speeds available for storing data and/or audio, including large presentations or graphics such as photos and home videos. The new drive delivers a maximum digital extraction rate of 40X and provides a smooth, even flow of data. In addition, its 72ms average access time is the industry's fastest for CD-RW drives, which provides faster database searches.

Along with its large 8MB data buffer, the TEAC drive has technology in place to prevent buffer underrun errors insuring high-quality recordings with no failed discs. This disc-saving feature suppresses the recording process until the buffer is empty so users can record safely, even while multitasking.

The TEAC 40x12x48 is one of the first drives to support EasyWrite functionality, based on Mount Rainier specifications, making drag and drop recording fast and easy. The 40x12x48 also includes TEAC's own innovations, such as Fine Focus Control and Intelligent Speed Control. Because the focal point of the laser used on any higher speed CD-RW drive moves slightly between the write and read modes, TEAC has equipped the 40X with Fine Focus Control to minimize this gap automatically. This technology results in a more precise recording, and a higher-quality disc that provides an improved level of interchangeability when read. TEAC's Intelligent Speed Control checks the condition of the blank disc and then applies the optimum recording speed automatically, insuring the highest quality recordings.

"We've combined the industry's fastest speeds with TEAC's standard high-quality to create the 40x12x48," states Les Luzar, division manager, TEAC America's Data Storage Products Division. "We're proud to offer TEAC customers the industry's fastest read, write and rewrite speeds, along with our own CD-RW innovations, all in one drive."

The internal 40x12x48 CD-RW kit includes everything needed for easy installation, including one blank TEAC CD-R and CD-RW disc, and interface and audio cables. In addition, the 40x12x48 comes bundled with Roxio's latest version, Easy CD Creator 5.2, allowing users to select from four specific applications: Music CD Project for creating custom audio CDs, Data CD Project for recording data discs, DirectCD for drag and drop recording and CD Copier for copying from one CD to another. TEAC also includes two additional applications for creating custom CDs: Musicmatch Jukebox for ripping and burning MP3 music and PhotoImpression 3.0 for digital photo image editing.

The 40x12x48 CD-RW is available as a complete kit for Windows XP, 98SE, Me, NT 4.0 Workstation and Windows 2000 Professional at an MSRP of $179.99. As with all of TEAC's Data Storage Products, the 40x12x48 CD-RW (model #CD-W540E) can be found at participating retailers throughout the country and is available to resellers and VARs through the company's network of authorized distributors. In addition, consumers can find TEAC data storage products, including the TEAC 40x12x48 CD-RW drive, at www.shopteac.com.


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