Here you can read all the latest CD/DVD news directly
from the Cebit 2001 show!
- Press Releases
presents CyClone 241040
Presents "Multi-Level Recording"
Technologies to Show Industry`s First System-on-a-Chip Solution for Multibeam
DVD/CD-ROM Drives At CeBIT
CRW2200 with SafeBurn to be demonstrated at CeBit 2001
Cebit 2001 news
ships DVD-R/RAM combo drive
Acer in Cebit
in the Cebit 2001 presented the CRW1610A. The new drive supports 16x writing,
10x re-writing, 40x reading and "Seamless Link" anti-coaster technology.
The drive has only 2MB of buffer and 100ms random access time. The drive will
not come soon (around May) and no information was given about the price.
Another interesting was that Acer would add "SeamLess
Link" in their CRW1832A CDR-W drive (with a firmware update). If you don't
know much about "SeamLess Link" the solution seems based upon special
firmware instructions and not at an extra IC chipset. The patent is from Acer/Philips
and as we were told there are not plans of giving the technology to other manufacturers.
also had another slim-line DVD-Rom reader "SDV-8032EP". The drive
supports 8x DVD-ROM and 32x CD reading, is based upon PCMCIA interface and has
a weight of 480gr.
Acer presented 20x and 24x certified media that
can be used with the coming high-speed recorders, at both 74&80min capacity
and in Gold/Green dye. The media will be some late (Q3 2001):
Afreey in Cebit
in Cebit 2001 presented their latest DVD-ROM "9025E" which supports
25x DVD-ROM/100x CD-ROM reading and uses "Raptor" chipset from Infineon:
is Infineon Technology's first single-chip, high-performance DVD-ROM controller.
It uses Zen Research's MultiBeam "TrueX" single-beam DVD, and CD drives.
Raptor sets an industry speed record of 25x DVD, and 100x CD read rates, when
deployed with a MultiBeam optical pickup (from Sanyo). The MultiBeam technology
allows DVD and CD drives to achieve peak performance across the entire face
of the disk, and not just when reading from the outer disk edge. Disk spindle
rates are correspondingly lower than on single-beam drives, reducing vibration,
noise, power consumption and heat dissipation.."
- MultiBeam 25x/100x CD single chip solution
- Integrated ATAPI interface (supports all data transfer modes up to UltraDMA
- DVD/CD decoder including CSS, ECC
- Support of system configurations of: DVD-ROM, DVD-combo (with external CD-RW
- Disc-read support of: Dual-layer DVD, DVD-R/ROM/RW, CD, CD-R/RW/ROM/Enhanced
- DVD Audio support
of you must have heard "TrueX" technology. With this technology Kenwood
made the first 72x CD-ROM, which had many problems especially with dark CDR
media (Verbatim). We asked Infineon about this hot issue and here is the answer
we got: "...The pickup is manufactured from Sanyo. This time we believe
that we will archive full compatibility with all CDR media.."
you understand this time Zen Research passed the knowledge of the TrueX technology
at Sanyo and Infineon and both companies now working to make the first real
25x DVD-ROM. Since Sanyo is manufacturing the pickup we hope that all problems
that Kenwood 72x CD-Rom had to over passed. But what are the interesting news
about the new Afreey drive? We are recording maniacs...Yes you are right. There
are very exciting news about the Afreey drive.
,which produces the IC chipsets, said that their design is very open and could
easily with an addition of chipset to adopt CD/DVD recording features.
We asked " Which DVD recording features you mean exactly? (DVD-R, DVD-RW,
DVD+RW)". Infineon reply was that for them it's all the same :). That means
guys that Sanyo will enter in the DVD recording area using Infineon design and
Zen Research technologies knowledge. When that happens DVD recording will have
become as cheap as CD recording is now days.
But when the drive comes? Is it working? Infineon said that they didn't have
an actual drive to demonstrate. They are preparing to show the new technology
in June 2001 at Japan (the DVD-ROM drive). Last Infineon said that they have
licensed at least 9 other companies (didn't mentioned names) to make similar
AOpen in Cebit
in Cebit 2001 show presented their latest CRW1632A CDR-W drive. It supports
16x writing, 10x re-writing, 40x CD reading (32x DAE), "JustLink"
anti-coaster technology and "OPC" technology to improve recording
readability. The drive comes with ATAPI interface and supports UDMA 33. We didn't
found any information about the shipping date and the possible cost.
Asus in Cebit
Asus in the Cebit 2001 show presented a full line
of new CDR-W drives for the first time.
This was the most interesting model from Asus.
The drive supports 20x writing speed, 10x re-writing, 40x reading and 8x
DVD-ROM reading!!! Also you will find 2mb of buffer, "JustLink"
anti-coaster technology, 120ms access time and UDMA 33. The drive is obvious
based upon Ricoh mechanism. However Ricoh hasn't announced similar 20x combo
product in the Cebit 2001 show!
This is another interesting CDR-W drive from Asus.
It supports 16x writing, 10x re-writing and 40x reading. It has also 2mb of
buffer and "SuperLink" anti-coaster technology. Who makes this drive?
Interesting question...The drive doesn't seem based upon Ricoh or Sanyo mechanisms.
Maybe it's Philips solution?
is the latest DVD-ROM from Asus. The drive supports 16x DVD and 50x CD reading.
This is the first time we see 16x DVD-ROM with such increased CD reading speed.
The drive has 512KB of buffer among with 85ms random access time. Last it includes
Asus "DDSSII" system:
"...Asus has developed a unique suspension
design - coined "DDSS II" for Double Dynamic Suspension System - for
it's DVD-ROM. To reduce the vibration caused by the spindle motor, Asus build
a damper between the core mechanisms and traverse as the first suspension and
as isolator between the traverse and loader mechanism as the second suspension.
Both damper and isolater have precisely been calculated and designed using special
rubber materials with different levels of elasticity.."
BrainWave in the Cebit 2001 show presented their
24x CDR-W drive "CRD-BP5/1500P". The drive are based upon Sanyo 24x
and will come in market around May/June 2001:
Compro in Cebit
Compro in the Cebit 2001 show presented their portable
MP3/CDR-W drive with the code name "PDS-MJ". The drive supports 4x
writing, 4x re-writing, 20x reading and Mp3 playback. The interfaces are USB/PCMCIA,
FireWire. The package comes with Lithium-Ion rechargeable batteries. The retail
price of the drive would be around 449$ and it start shipping from April 2001:
Compro also has a full line of CD/DVD-Rom readers among with CDR-W drives.
Their faster recorder comes with 12x writing, 8x re-writing and 32x reading.
It seems based upon Philips 12x recorder and it includes "Thermo Balance
8. Cyber Drive
in Cebit 2001
in Cebit 2001 presented a new line of CDR-W drives. The fastest model "CW038D"
supports 16x writing, 8x re-writing and 40x reading. The drive also supports
"ExactLink", which possible is the same as the OAK's "ExacLink"
anti-coaster technology. Last is has only 2MB of Buffer as we heard supports
CDR-W drive model is the "CW028D". The drive supports 12x writing,
8x re-writing and 40x reading. Again it supports "ExactLink" anti-coaster
technology and 2mb of Buffer.
Also CyberDrive had a full series of CD-ROMs, 48x & 52x, DVD-ROMS, 12x/40x
Disc4You had a very interesting stand in Cebit
2001. They presented their latest 120minutes media among with the already known
99min CDs. Also they had various shaped CDs among with CD Duplicators/CD Printers.
The 120min CDs are currently supported from 4 manufacturers.
Which one? Nice question. We don't know yet. For sure it's not Mitsumi or Plextor.
The big problem with 120minute CDs is that in order to get the extra space from
99 to 120min the spindle has become much closer and thinner than with normal
CDs. In order the recorder write them it has to change the laser beam length..
The idea behind the 120min CDs is nice since they offer the exact same capacity
with Sony's DDCD technology but of course are out of any CD standard... The
compatibility is good according to Disc4You - at least for the stand alone CD
Freecom had an impressive booth in Cebit 2001 among
with new interesting models...
Freecom Traveller II CDR-W/DVD combo
The new drive supports 8x writing, 4x re-writing,
24x reading (CD) and 8x reading (DVD). Freecom follows the Multi Connect System
so you can easily connect to USB, FireWire/ i. LINK, CardBus, PCMCIA and Parallel
Port (and soon USB-2) and comes in 2 colours (dark blue and grey). The attached
CDR software comes from Roxio (Ez CD Creator for PC, Toast for MAX) and for
DVD playback the famous "PowerDVD". The new, pluggable power module
provides up to 6 hours of power for all second generation Traveller drives when
used on the go. The integrated power management system regulates the power supply
and recharging processes. The external mains adaptor, the PCMCIA or CardBus
connection cables also supply power to the unit.
- Freecom Portable II CDR-W
presented in Cebit their new line of portable recorders. The specification of
the drive differs from the interface, which is used. For example with USB connection
you have a 4/4/24 CDR-W, with PCMCIA you can have an 8/4/32 and with FireWire/USB
2.0 a 12/10/32 enabled with BURN-Proof anti-coaster technology. The Portable
series includes CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD and CD-RW/DVD combination drive. Power is
supplied via the mains adaptor, which is delivered as standard. All drives in
the series include the appropriate connecting cables - all CD-RW drives come
with the Roxio EASY CD Creator and Direct CD for PC recording software and Roxio
Toast software for Macintosh in the USB and FireWire package as standard. Mixman
music software from Steinberg has been included for all recorders.
- Freecom Beatman
Another portable MP3 player?..Not exactly:
introduces the Freecom Beatman Mini CD/MP3 player, the first of its kind. It
is small size, hardly bigger than the Mini CD medium itself, and it is low weight
make it the perfect music device to carry with you. The Freecom Beatman meets
all standards you can expect from a portable CD/MP3 player. The high-quality
technology and the 40-seconds anti-shock mechanism ensure continuous trouble
free playing. You won't miss a beat!
Create your own mini CD-R
1. Download music files from the internet or convert your CDs into compressed
2. Burn up to 210 minutes of music on one Mini CD-R- with your CD writer.
3. Play your music on your beatman and exchange your songs with friends..."
idea behind the new Mp3 player is very nice. The 8cm media costs around 1.5-1.8$
which is much lower than what flash memory cards cost. Also the BeatMan player
price is around 135$ and we must admit that it looks wonderful!
The 8cm Freecom sample media comes from Ritek and
can be written in all CDR-W drives (did have you had noticed the smaller inner
circle in your CDR-W drive tray?). The maximum overburn time is around 21.15min
and 8cm RW media will be also out (not sure if the Freecom BeatMan will support
ATIP: 97m 31s 07f
Disc Manufacturer: Ritek Co.
Assumed Dye type: Phthalocyanine (Type 7)
Media type: CD-Recordable
Recording Speeds: min. unknown - max. unknown
nominal Capacity: 186.47MB (21m 15s 00f / LBA: 95475)
Fuji Film in Cebit 2001 show presented mostly new media for DVD-R and DVD-RW
in Cebit 2001
Gigastorage in Cebit 2001 presented a full series
of CD/DVD media. The most interesting are the colourful 8cm CD-R/RW media which
can be used with the new generation of MP3 CD players:
The 8cm media can hold up to 200mb. There will
new MP3 players, which will support such media from Gigastorage. Actually the
player will come from third parties but the design comes from Gigastorage. The
interesting is that possible the player will support 8cm CDR-W media!
Gigastorage also had various dyes for DVD-R placed
in their booth:
HiSpace had a full product line of CD media in
12cm and business cards:
If you notice carefully the above picture of the
Black CD you will see that the surface looks like vinyl disc! Hi-Space also
presented HS-RW (4x-10x) 80min media and 80min (black top) CDR media:
HP in Cebit
HP presented in the Cebit 2001 show the latest
9710i and 9900ci models:
- HP 9710i (16/10/40) CDR-W drive
This is the fastest HP CDR-W drive. It supports
16x writing, 10x re-writing and 40x reading. The drive has the code "C9268A".
It has 8MB of buffer (no anti-coaster technology included) and comes with EzCD
Creator 4.02/DiretCD 3.01 software and with one HP CD-R media:
HP 9900ci (12/10/32/8) combo CDR-W drive:
This is the first ever HP combo (CDR-W/DVD) drive. It supports 12x writing,
10x re-writing, 32x reading and 8x DVD-ROM reading. The drive's code is "C9629A"
and has only(?) 2MB of buffer and comes with EzCD Creator 4.02/DirectCD 3.01
and PowerDVD as the attached software.
15. Infineon: System-on-a-Chip CD/DVD Solution
to Show Industry`s First System-on-a-Chip Solution for Multibeam DVD/CD-ROM
Drives At CeBIT
Infineon Technologies announced the first complete,
single chip, system-on-chip solution for advanced, TrueX® Multibeam®,
DVD drives at the CeBIT Conference in Hannover, Germany, March 22-28. The 0.18
micron CMOS single-chip DVD-ROM controller will be in shown in the Afreey, Inc.
booth in hall 9 stand D12. Afreey, an optical drive manufacturer, is one of
the first customers of Infineon and its development partners, Sanyo and Zen
Research. Infineon will formally introduce the chip later this year.
The single chip includes analog front end, digital read channels,
error correction code, servo, host interface and high performance DSP/microcontroller.
This chip is focused on high-performance in a small form-factor with low power
dissipation and offers dual-layer data read functionality in DVD. Infineon's
future products to provide super high integration solutions for the optical
storage industry will support write-once and fully re-writable functionality
in both CD and DVD formats.
The high performance of the drive solution is based on state-of-the-art,
Multibeam optical storage technology, which is delivered through a collaboration
between three companies: Infineon Technologies, Sanyo and Zen Research. When
compared to currently available single beam drives, this multiple-beam optical
storage system boasts greater than 200% higher than average throughput. DVD-ROM
performance and sustained data rates of 25X DVD (over 34 MBytes/sec) and 100X
CD (over 15 MBytes/sec) are expected.
``With combined shipments of DVD-ROM and Combo drives expected
to approach 250 million units by 2004 with CAGRs in excess of 70 percent and
155 percent respectively, solutions that increase performance of these drives
have the potential to garner serious consideration by most of the major drive
manufacturers,'' said Mary Craig, principal analyst at Gartner Dataquest. ``OEMs
should be especially attracted to technologies that can enable substantial power
savings in portable applications.''
Each company contributed state-of-the-art components and intellectual
property to create this breakthrough optical storage system. Sanyo Electric
delivered the complete Zen Multibeam(TM) optical pick-up assembly. ``We believe
that the DVD Multibeam system is the next step in the development of a new generation
of high performance pick-ups from Sanyo,'' said Ryoichi Kawasaki, Sanyo, general
manager, Pickup Engineering. ``Infineon, Sanyo and Zen are working closely together
to break through the barriers of conventional optical drive design.''
Zen Research, the pioneer in multiple beam technologies and architectures,
delivered the key intellectual property required to control and process the
multiple beams and the resulting data. Zen silicon designs are centered on a
series of parallel processors that implement Zen's unique parallel approach
to optical signal processing. A Zen enabled processor design accepts input from
a Zen Multibeam optical system to simultaneously process and serialize data
read from several tracks of standard CD or DVD media. ``DVD is a major convergence
medium and provides an impressive capacity increase over CD,'' said Emil Jachmann,
president and CEO of Zen Research. ``But DVD brought no advance in performance;
the optical drive remains one of the slowest parts of a PC. Infineon's announcement
changes that forever.''
Infineon executed the integration of all required drive control
and data processing functions into the chip. This super-high-integration solution,
boasting 42 million transistors, performs the Multiple beam data processing,
advanced error detection and correction, servo motor control and host interface
The chip integrates seven individual read channel processors to
perform the Multibeam signal processing. Also featuring the 100 MHz, 32-bit
TriCore(TM) Unified Processor core architecture, this chip performs all bus
and memory management functions and controls the ATAPI interface to the host.
192kB of configurable memory supports storage of the read data and operating
code and provides on-chip cache. Additionally, the chip supports up to 2MB of
external flash and 8MB of external SDRAM for serial data management.
Afreey, Inc., a leading CD and DVD drive manufacturer, is the
first company to combine all these elements into the world's highest performance
optical storage system. The company's state-of-the-art engineering and manufacturing
capabilities are critical in meeting the strict performance requirements for
such a design.
The multiple beam approach to illuminating and detecting multiple
tracks uses a diffracted laser beam in conjunction with a multiple beam detector
array. Light from a conventional laser diode is sent through a diffraction grating
that splits the beam into seven discrete beams, spaced evenly to illuminate
seven tracks. The seven beams pass through a beam splitting mirror to the objective
lens and onto the surface of the disc. Focus and tracking are accomplished with
the central beam. Three beams on either side of the center are readable by a
detector array as long as the center is on track and in focus.
The reflected beams return via the same path and are directed
to the multiple beam detector array by the beam splitter mirror. The detector
contains seven discrete detectors spaced to align with seven reflected tracks.
Conventional detectors are also provided for focus and tracking.
This design uses a conventional approach for tracking and seeks.
Performance is far greater than that of conventional drives while supporting
lower, more disc tolerant rotational speeds. This technology is fully compatible
with CD and DVD disks designed to be read in single beam storage systems, resulting
in higher data read performance.
DVD drives have now reached data transfer rates as high as 16X
data, and many in the industry predict that this will be the maximum for single-beam
systems, citing rotational instability at high speed as the primary reason for
this limit. This first implementation of Multibeam for DVD-ROM is expected to
provide 25X data transfer rates.
Thus, performance-sensitive applications such as video games can
directly benefit from this level of performance. However, the beauty of the
Multibeam solution is that `present industry standard' levels of performance
can be achieved at substantially lower power dissipation, due to power savings
in the highly integrated electronics and the lower rotation speed of the disk.
Portable products can now deliver 16X DVD-ROM performance at substantially lower
power dissipation than any existing solution. The obvious result of increased
battery-life is a key benefit for these portable systems.
A beneficial by-product of the reduced rotational speed is a drive that has
less vibration and inherently quieter operation. These are key benefits to a
variety of consumer and computing product concepts now finding their way to
market. One clear application of this reduced-vibration drive is in LCD and
Plasma Thin Panel computers where all electronics and peripherals are integrated
onto the back of the display. The reduced vibration is paramount to ensuring
a stable display and positive user experience when accessing the drive.
Maxell in Cebit
Maxell in the Cebit 2001 show presented a full
new series for the DVD recording area among with new high anti-scratch coating
You will notice in the above picture the "DVD-RW
version 1.1". What is this about? There is a new version of the DVD-RW
format (1.1) in order to cover some weaknesses of the first version. The main
difference is the adoption of the CSS protection. The DVD-RW v1.1 media includes
CSS information in order to make the media playable in most DVD players. As
you know most DVD players will refuse to play media that doesn't include CSS
protection. The new version (1.1) hope to solve this problem.
in the Cebit 2001 show presented the CR-4808TE CDR-W drive. It supports 16x
writing, 8x re-writing and 40x reading. No other information was available about
the drive's price of shipping date...
18. Panasonic ships DVD-R/RAM combo drive
DVD-R/RAM combo drive
Panasonic presents a further break-through in the
DVD technology to the CeBIT with the new LF-D311: It is the first multi-function
drive, which controls both a describing and a reading of several times recordable
DVD RAMs and from uniquely recordable DVD R-S. The media created thereby fulfill
all request of the DVD forum and offer so the 100 percent compatibility not
only with DVD ROM drives, but also with DVD video Playern and - to recorders.
Thus the LF-D311 strikes a crucial bridge between the computer world and the
world of the entertainment electronics. Like that the drive for DVD and SINCE
IDIOMS is universally applicable: at home as high performance video recorders
and memories for the PC, in the office for economical storing and archiving
as well as in studios for professional developing and testing of master DVDs.
15 years experience with optical memory procedures
and 3 years with DVD RAM drives into the newest development of Panasonic flowed.
Switching between a laser with a wavelength of 650 nanometers (Nm) and one with
780 Nm guarantees highest possible compatibility with the LF-D311: The new DVD
RAM/R drive can read and describe both 4,7-Giga-Bytes(GB)-DVD-Rs and 4,7-GB-(9,4-GB-)DVD-RAMs.
Even the older 2,6-GB-(5,2-GB-)DVD-RAMs can be processed. The DVD technology
has crucial advantages opposite from CD: It offers a higher data security, the
capacity is zirka seven times more largely and the rate around a multiple more
highly. Only on a DVD a feature in perfect digital quality can be stored.
Additionally and does not only describe the LF-D311
reads DVD RAMs and DVD R-S, but is also read compatible to the formats DVD-ROM,
DVD video, DVD-R, audio CD, video CD, CD ROM and CD-R/RW. As CD-Drive it operates
at 24x rate.
With 4,7-GB-DVD-Rs the new DVD RAM/R drive achieves
a raterate rate of up to 11,08 megabits per second (Mbps). That corresponds
zirka the 9x rate from CD-ROMs (1 x). max. to 22.16 Mbps is it with 4,7-GB-DVD-RAMs,
with which they exceed the CD zirka around the 8x. The average access times
amount to 75 milliseconds (ms) for DVD RAMs and 65 milliseconds for DVD R-S,
DVD ROMs and CD.
The DVD-R technology is in the best way for it suitably, important
information permanently, surely, to store fast and space-saving for example
the data of banks, insurance, attorney offices, hospitals, offices and all dataintensive
companies. Nevertheless the information is easily accessible. Finally the most
DVD video Player and DVD ROM drives can DVD-Rs read and for the further handling
for example on computer fixed disks copy.
DVD RAMs can be again-described up to 100,000 times. They are
therefore particularly suitable data carriering for backup copies, to which
one would like to fall back regularly. Compared with tapes they offer the advantage
of the fast access. Owing to the various application type of the DVD RAM/R drive
also its target group is very far varied: Is useful for all private customers
and businessmen, who look an extensive and future-reliable DVD solution up both
for the video area and for professional storing and archiving of data.
The DVD RAM/R drive LF-D311 is available starting from September
2001 in the trade. Excluding OEM customers can the new DVD RAM drive over the
Panasonic Industrial Europe GmbH refer.
Technical data of the Panasonic
4,7GB of DVD RAM/R drive LF-D311
4.7/9.4 GB DVD-RAM (rewritable)
2.6/5.2 GB DVD-RAM (rewritable)
4.7 GB DVD-R general use (write once)
22.16 Mbps (max.) 4.7 GB DVD-RAM
11.08 Mbps (max.) 2.6 GB DVD-RAM
11.08 Mbps (max.) 4.7 GB DVD-R (general)
- CD-DA, CD-CRom/xa, photo CD, video CD, D-CExtra CD-R, CD-RW: max. 24x
- DVD-ROM, DVD-R: max. 6 x; DVD-RAM: 4.7 GB 2 x, 2.6 GB 1 x
Average access time
- DVD-RAM: 75 ms
- DVD ROM/R, CD ROM: 65 ms
Raterate rate (IF interface)
- Ultra DMA Mode2: max. 33.3 MB/s
- PIO Mode4: max. 16.6 MB/s
Raterate rate writing and reading
- DVD-RAM (4.7 GB): 2 ,770 KB/s (2x)
- DVD-RAM (2.6 GB): 1,385 KB/s (1x)
- DVD-R (4.7 GB): 1,385 KB/s (1x)
Raterate rate reading
- DVD-ROM: 8,310 KB/s (6 x)
- CD-CRom/cd-r 3,600 KB/s (24 x)
- CD-RW: 1,800 KB/s (12 x)
Current supply: 12 V / 5 V, ± 5 %
Dimensions (B x H x T): 146 x 41.3 x 196 mm
Weight :1.1 kg
Date of delivery: September 2001
Pioneer had a very impressive booth in the Cebit
2001 show. The main product that was showed was the new Pioneer DVR-103 DVD-R/CDR-W
drive. This is the first consumer DVD-R drive since the price has dropped down
to 1000$. If you expect to grab this drive, you will have to wait again since
the demand is very high and the volume of the drives low. For now only MAC users
can enjoy DVD-R recording at a low price. The rest of us will have to wait...
Plextor's Cebit 2001 booth wasn't as much interesting
you might think since nothing new was there. Or not? Actually Plextor introduced
a new portable 8x recorder (8x re-writing and 24x reading) with BURN-Proof technology,
without any model code. The drive was prototype and was turning around in a
second interesting model was the internal slim line solution for portable CDs.
The drive supports 8x writing, 8x re-writing, 24x reading and BURN-Proof. Plextor
will not ship a drive with their name upon it since the drive is sold OEM
to other manufacturers... Of course the firmware is developing from Plextor
so the lucky users who would buy a portable PC with this CDR-W drive inside
would not be disappointed :)
Future plans --------------------
Yes i know what you are thinking. When Plextor
1) The next SCSI CD-Rom/DVD-Rom drive...As it seems never! We
had posted that the next SCSI DVD-ROM from Plextor would come in summer but..
Newer information seems to want that unlucky to happen. Possibly the plans about
SCSI DVD-ROM are abandoned since already cheap SCSI DVD-ROM solutions, from
various manufacturers, are out. A Plextor SCSI DVD-ROM would cost a fortune,
for the retail user, compared to the existing solutions. So there
2) The PX-W1610S.As it seems never! I know that most of you waited
to buy this drive...Don't. Plextor will NOT release a 16x SCSI CDR-W drive.
Those were shocking news for us too :(.
3) A faster than 16x writing recorder. The competition (Ricoh,
Yamaha, Sanyo) has already announced/showed faster, than 16x, writing solutions
but Plextor hasn't... If you also remember previous Plextor drives never had
been announced before the official press release. So even a Plextor 24x/10x/40x
recorder with "DVD-options" comes out in June 2001 you will find it
from the official press release. :)
Viewer: Hey did you say "DVD options"? What this mean?
CDRINFO: No further comments. Wait till summer 2001 to find out
4) A faster than 12x writing SCSI recorder. Wait till the next
generation of Plextor recorders hits the market. Possibly (?) SCSI interface
will be supported.
5) A Multi-Level (ML) recorder. Yes we know that Plextor's name
was in the official press release for the new format but...Nothing has been
announced or mentioned from Plextor in Cebit. Very weird silence we must note.
6) A recorder capable of making working backups for SD2 protected
CDs in all CD-ROM/DVD-ROMs...The problem is in the Sanyo chipsets, which Plextor
and many other manufacturers uses. So there isn't much that Plextor engineers
can do about until a newer Sanyo chipset fix it... Desperate users look for
a Philips based solution.
1) What will happen finally with Plextor PX-40TS?
Will it stop selling this summer?
Yes. As we "first" posted, the decision
is final. The drive will stop selling this summer in Europe and in bigger timeframe
in USA (and Japan).
The real question is: "If I decide to buy the drive NOW will
Plextor honour the 2 years guarantee?". Plextor's answer was clear: "Even
we decide to stop selling a product we will continue supporting it. This mean
service (repair or exchange with a new one), firmware updates etc."
2) Why Plextor USA said that there will be a
PX-W1610S? Maybe they know better than you...
The answer is quite simple and can be assumed in
few words "..engineers knows better than sales person(s)..".
3) Why Plextor seems to drop the SCSI interface?
I want my Plex SCSI recorder now!
Yes we also would like more companies to keep shipping
SCSI CDR-W drives. However keep in mind that the development of a certain product
takes several months and lot of investment. Since most users are not buying
SCSI solutions why one company should continue a long tradition in SCSI models?
We think that it's up to users showing companies if they want SCSI models
by buying them! Bigger sales for the SCSI recorders will give companies something
to think about changing in their roadmap.
in Cebit 2001
Europe/Veritas had a small booth in the Cebit 2001 show. Prassi Europe actually
didn't have any major new product to demonstrate and only had changed their
logo in all Prassi PrimoCD/Plus/Pro builds, in order to comply with the recent
merge from Veritas software. As we were told Prassi will not stop developing
Prassi PrimoCD series. Instead they said that now they have the human resources
and the money to continue developing the Prassi PrimoCD series software. Only
time will tell if Prassi become the next major competitor in the race for the
best CDR software..
Europe in the Cebit 2001 show presented a new model with the codename "Signature
Pro". The new CD printer uses inkjet technology and supports up to 2400dpi
printing resolution among with various other improvements:
- 3x-4x times faster printing than previous models
- Now supports 2 different cartridges for twice-available colour.
Ricoh in Cebit
Ricoh's Cebit 2001 booth was very interesting since
it introduced 6 new products to the European audience!
1) DVD+RW/CDR-W combo:
at Cebit 2001 show, had working DVD+RW prototype models. The drive was attached
to a PC and with the help of a digital camera and the proper software you could
write video/data in a DVD+RW disc. Actually first you do the Mpeg2 compression
on the fly (software solution by third party) and then with Sonic DVDiT
do the authoring (menus with videos or pictures) and of course burn the DVD+RW
media. Ricoh demonstrated the compatibility of the DVD+RW format at a portable
stand-alone Pioneer DVD player and in PC (with Ricoh's MP9120A combo drive).
system recognized the DVD+RW media as a normal DVD disc and with the help of
any DVD player you can playback the DVD+RW media. The DVD+RW drive has 2 lens
in order to be able to write/re-write both CD and DVD+RW media.
the left picture you can see clearly the 2 lens. The left (dark) is used for
the DVD+RW format and the white one (right) for the CD format.
actual writing speed of DVD+RW is 2.5x. That means a full 4.7GB DVD+RW disc
would need around an hour to be fully written. The DVD+RW media would be able
to re-write more than 1000 times. We didn't tell the exact number.
Also you should expect higher DVD+RW media capacity
up to 15GB to come in 2002. There are some thoughts supporting DVD-RW
writing (like Sony). The drive also supports 12x writing, 10x re-writing, 32x
reading and 8x DVD-ROM reading (and of course "JustLink" - Ricoh's
anti-coaster technology). The drive's code name (maybe MP9320A?) wasn't available
since the drives of the show were prototypes. Last you should expect the drive
around October/November 2001 hitting the market.
2) Ricoh MP7200DP
is Ricoh's answer to the competition from Yamaha and Sanyo. The drive supports
20x writing (partial CAV), 10x re-writing and 40x reading. Both Yamaha 2200E
and Ricoh MP7200E have the exact same writing/re-writing specs but the Ricoh
drive has "only" 2MB of Buffer.
This drive also uses partial CAV writing which
is very well covered in the press release: "...Even if 20x writing is specified,
writing is performed at 16x speed at the area 5 to 10minutes from the inner
circumference of the disc):
said that the MP7200DP will come much faster in the market than the Yamaha,Sanyo
based recorders (end of April). We will have to wait and see if that would become
true. Last the drive's price wasn't announced.
3) Ricoh MP8080MPU
enters also the portable recorder arena with a very good looking recorder called
"MP8080MPU" CDR-W. The drive supports 8x writing, 4x re-writing and
24x reading and has silver-look appearance. The drive has 2 interface connections:
USB and PCMCIA card. With USB interface you can have only 4x writing and with
PCMCIA 8x writing.
We assume that the drive will not have "JustLink" technology
since nothing was mentioned in the product specifications. This drive is a direct
competitor of Plextor's portable solutions.
4) Ricoh 24x certified CDR media
demand for high-speed writing certified media is very high due to coming of
20x and 24x CDR-W drives. Ricoh has already the answer for the higher writing
speeds up to 24x with certified media in both 74 and 80min capacities.
5) Ricoh MP7163ADP
The drive supports 16x writing, 10 re-writing and only 32x writing
speed. No other information was posted in Ricoh's booth but we assume that the
drive will have 2 MB of buffer among with "JustLink" anti-coaster
technology. If you still wondering why this drive is also published ,since there
is a faster drive of Ricoh the answer is "price". The MP7163DP would
be much cheaper than the faster MP7200DP. The drive also will be used as OEM
for other manufacturers (like in case of ASUS)!
6) Ricoh RW8080A
This is the latest internal slim CDR-W drive from Ricoh. The drive
has only 7mm height and supports 8x writing, 4x re-writing and 24x reading.
The drive is manufactured only for OEM use in notebooks (5V single power)! No
information was given if the drive supports "JustLink" or not.
Ritek in Cebit
in the Cebit 2001 show presented many interesting shaped CDs among with a new
type of media called "Semi-CD" and "Semi-DVD". If you click
in the left picture you will see more clearly the "Semi-CD" media.
As we understand the media is full sized (12cm) but the recordable part is up
to 8cm (around to 200mb). The rest part from 8cm >> 12cm is see through
Ritek also presented mini DVD media and DVD-Video
5, DVD-Video-9 and DVD-Video-10 media.
in Cebit 2001
Precision in the Cebit 2001 show presented a new CD-printer model with the codename
"4000" series. We didn't found much information about the new model
and the only sheet page was in German language :(
SKC in Cebit
SKC presented 20x and 24x CDR certified media for
general use. Also presented a "Violet CD-R", its surface has violet
colour, 4-10x HS-RW media, printable CDR media and a series of business cards
available also in printable format. Last there was 8cm CD-R and of course DVD-R
Sony in Cebit
in the Cebit 2001 show presented mainly the latest CRX-200E DDCD CDR-W drive,
which supports up to 1.3GB DDCD media. Sony had a CRX-200E connected to a PC
and with Prassi PrimoCD demonstrated the DDCD features. The retail packages
as we were told will come with WinOnCD as the main recording software and with
Prassi PrimoCD (only for France).
Of course Sony have already produced DDCD CD-R/RW media for using with the
new DDCD recorder. The drive is expected to ship in Europe in early May.
28. TDK (1)
TDK in Cebit
2001 - Page 1
TDK had a big booth in Cebit 2001 presenting mostly
the new line of media among with the whole series of CD recorders among with
the new "ML" multi-level recording.
This is the fastest TDK CDR-W drive and supports
24x writing (Zone-CLV), 10x re-writing and 40x reading. The drive supports "BURN-Proof
2" and based upon Sanyo CRD-BP1500P. You should expect it at May/June 2001
at a price of 360Euro. Attached CDR Software would be Nero 5.5 OEM and TDK's
Digital MixMaster (the demo version we watched was very impressive).
drive seemed like a normal CyClone drive with a different green "colour"
logo, in the front, and a colour label with the "TDK-AI-CDRW-ML-X"
code name upon it. The idea behind MultiLevel recording seems very nice since
it can multiple by X 3 times the capacity of the current CD/DVD media without
special modifications (at least according to TDK). TDK is a special presentation
showed that the "ML" recording is possible with a very big prototype
machine to various other manufactures...
it works exactly? If we understood correctly, the "ML" technology
allows 3 shades of light in the same area, in which with the normal CD/DVD recording
you will have only one. That means in the same space you can fit more data (
X 3 times) recorded in the
same time! So a 12x CDR-W drive will become a 36x "ML CDR-W" drive
and write up to 2GB in 6minutes (at 36x writing speed). The same principal goes
on for 16x CDR-W drive - 48x (=3*16x) ML CDR-W drives and so on...
TDK said that this technology could be applied
in the DVD area. For example the 4.7GB DVD-R media can jump up to 14.1GB (=4.7*3)
if the "ML" recording adopted from manufacturers. TDK said that this
would be possible without changing the pickups or the laser. You will have to
add another extra IC chipset for the math calculations. That means the price
of the "ML" recorder would be slight higher than the normal CDR-W
drive (10-20%). However engineers from other companies said that you will have
to change laser and pickup for adopting "ML" recoding...
What about the media? The TDK showed both "CD-R2GB"
and "CD-RW2GB" media. According to the TDK "...ML discs maintain
the cost-per-megabyte efficiencies of conventional CD-R and CD-RW discs and
ML drives retain backward compatibility with conventional CD-R/RW recording,
enabling users to keep CD's universal compatibility when so desired...":
- TDK CyClone 161040 external:
TDK will ship a new external 16x writer based upon
the successful TDK 161040 model for the users who wish a reliable full size
portable solution. The drive supports 16x writing, 10x re-writing and 40x reading.
The drive will support FireWire and USB 2.0 interface and will ship around Q2
- TDK CyClone 8824:
is the first TDK external slim CDR-W drive. The drive supports 8x writing, 8x
re-writing and 24x reading. The "BURN-Proof 2" is used to avoid buffer
underrun errors and the connecting interfaces would be FireWire and USB 2.0.
It expected to arrive in the market around Q3 of 2001.
The drive seems to be based upon Plextor's portable
solution (not 100% sure about this).
TDK CyClone 121024:
This is another external half height TDK recorder.
The drive supports 12x writing, 10x re-writing, 24x reading and has "BURN-Proof
2" to avoid buffer underruns. The design of the drive seems very impressive
with the usual blue and grey colours which TDK drives use.
This is the entry-level recorder for the amateur
user since it will have a very attractive price among with interesting features:
12x writing, 10x re-writing, 32x reading and "JustLink" anti-coaster
technology. The interface still remains ATAPI and seems based upon Ricoh
MP7125A, which already we have tested.
29. TDK (2)
TDK in Cebit
2001 - Page 2
TDK presented in Cebit 2001 a new series of DVD-R,
colourful CDR media and mini 3" CDs (used for portable Mp3 CD players).
Note that TDK haven't still presented 24x compatible media since it is still
developing. However TDK's 24x media would be available when the CyClone 24x
writer would be out in May/June 2001.
TDK is not supporting the DVD+RW format. Why? The answer seems
to be that the DVD+RW format hasn't come from the DVD-Forum and that it is closed
(companies must pay for getting the licences in order to support it). However
if the DVD+RW format becomes the next major DVD Re-Writing standard TDK will
30. New super high capacity CD technology
New super high
capacity CD technology offers dramatic advantages for video recording, portable
audio and data backup applications
Ability of multilevel technology to Triple Capacity and Write
Speed of CD-RW drives offers PC and CE manufacturers cost-effective new storage
options for Desktop, Convergence and Portable Products
CeBIT 22nd March 2001 - With its ability to store 2 GB of data
on a 120mm disc or 650 MB on a tiny 80mm ML disc, MultiLevel Recording is a
key enabling technology for PC and CE manufacturers seeking low-cost, high-density
storage in a broad range of desktop and portable products. That's the message
that TDK and Calimetrics are bringing to CeBIT, as the two companies demonstrate
the benefits of ML technology, which transforms familiar CD-RW drives into super
high capacity/super fast drives with the addition of a single ML IC. TDK and
Calimetrics are the founding members of an industry-wide alliance of companies
supporting ML technology.
The high capacity and low cost of ML media and drives give the
consumer electronics industry an important new storage alternative for future
video, audio and digital imaging applications. As an option for A/V recording
systems, such as archiving content from a personal video recorder's hard drive
or for recording Internet-delivered program material, a 2 Gbyte 120mm ML disc
is an extremely attractive personal-use storage solution. With it's transfer
rate of 5.4 Mbyte per second ML is as well an ideal tool for archiving desktop
and server data on a 120 mm 2Gbyte ML disc with an reliable and easy to use
CD-RW writer instead of a complicated tape streamer.
ML technology 80mm discs outperform the capacity of a standard
64 MB Flash memory card by 10 times and allows 650 Mbyte of music, photographs
or data to be stored on a tiny 80mm disc. ML could be used in a megapixel camera
with an built-in 80 mm ML disc drive, that records around 660 high-quality images
on a 650 Mbyte ML disc. Or an MP3/CD player, which could deliver about four
hours of music on a 60 mm ML disc (approx. 200 Mbyte). A typical handheld video
recorder could put approximately 3 hours of high-quality MPEG-4 video on the
650 Mbyte of a 80 mm ML CD-R.
The dramatic gains in capacity and speed offered by the new ML format makes
it the ideal bridge to the future optical disc formats. ML drives will be very
competitively priced at just a little more than CD-R/RW drives because the technology
is IC-based. Hardware manufacturers can add ML capability to their CD-R/RW drives
without altering existing optics, mechanics or manufacturing infrastructure.
From a media perspective, ML discs maintain the cost-per-megabyte efficiencies
of conventional CD-R and CD-RW discs and ML drives retain backward compatibility
with conventional CD-R/RW recording, enabling users to keep CD's universal compatibility
when so desired.
TDK and Calimetrics, Inc., the prime developer of MultiLevel Recording technology,
have formed the ML technology alliance to apply Calimetrics' MultiLevel Recordingä
(ML) technology to create a new high-speed/high-capacity recordable and rewritable
optical disc format based on the familiar and inexpensive CD-R/RW platform.
In addition to TDK and Calimetrics, members of the ML alliance
include: Sanyo Semiconductor, a leading manufacturer of controller chipsets
used by many CD-RW drive manufacturers; Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, a leading
maker of CD-RW media, sold under the Verbatim and Mitsubishi brands; and Plextor,
a leading manufacturer of high-performance CD-R/RW drives. TDK has established
a dialogue with leading CD-R/RW drive manufacturers such as Yamaha Corporation
and the Optical device division of Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd about joining the
ML is not envisaged as a replacement for recordable DVD drives.
The ML format is a bridge to the era of recordable DVD. For the next several
years, however, there will be a tremendous demand in the market for a format
that extends and enhances CD storage, speed and value. MultiLevel Recording
technology can be transferred to the DVD platform, where it will offer similar
gains in recording capacity and write speed.
TDK intends to introduce internal and external ML drives and media to the
market later this year. The drives will be available with various connectivity
solutions such as ATAPI on the internal drive and IEEE1394 (FireWire) and USB2.0
on the external devices. The new write-once disc will offer the highest transfer
rate at the lowest cost per Mbyte of any random-access removable storage media.
31. High-speed CyClone 24/10/40 from TDK
The world's fastest CD
writer: the high-speed CyClone 24/10/40 from TDK
CeBIT, 22nd March 2001 - With its new high-speed "CyClone
24/10/40", TDK once more underlines its position as one of Europe's leading
manufacturers of premium-class CD technology. This version of the CyClone is
the fastest internal IDE CD?R/RW writer worldwide. And it features top-rank
performance data. The CyClone's maximum reading speed for CD media is 40X and
for CD-R media 24X and CD-RW media up to 10X.
This new version of the TDK CyClone CD-R/RW, just like it's predecessor,
the CyClone 16/10/40, outperforms its competitors by the sheer strength of its
technical detail. It is one of the first drives to incorporate the latest BURN-Proof
generation: BURN-Proof 2.
BURN-Proof 2 includes not only the now familiar BURN-Proof features
but also "shockproof operation" and a system for preventing the "link
blocks" previously caused by interruptions to writing when using BURN-Proof.
BURN-Proof 2 avoids the "buffer underrun error" caused by an "empty"
data buffer. It does so by means of a controller which, throughout the write
process, continuously monitors the status of the data buffer. If the available
data drops below 10 percent of the total buffer capacity, the controller initiates
a controlled interrupt to the writing process and sets a write marker. New data
is then loaded to the cache and the laser is repositioned. The drive synchronizes
the data already written with the new data in the buffer and repositions the
laser "behind" the sector most recently written.
BURN-Proof 2 also avoids the usual scenario in which CD writing
completely locks up your PC. It ensures instead that, throughout the write process,
your PC remains fully operational and available for other applications. Even
relatively low-power computers, with TDK CyClone, can thus make high-speed recordings
to a CD-R.
The CyClone is supplied together with "Nero", a software
package excellently tuned to support BURN-Proof technology. Nero enables the
user to process an MS-WORD document or to copy files while copying a CD at 24x
speed at the same time. Further, the software bundle that comes with CyClone
includes Digital MixMaster and the InCD packet writing program from TDK. Accessories
included are the User Manual, the necessary cabling and installation fixtures,
one CD-R Reflex Ultra, and one high-speed CD-RW.
TDK provides a one-year warranty on its CD-R/RW burner and offers
access to a free telephone support service. The drive will be available from
specialist shops and dealers from June 2001 onward at a price of about 700 German
Marks / 360 euros.
TEAC in Cebit
in the Cebit 2001 show presented mainly the latest CD-W516E CDR-W, which supports
16x writing , 10x re-writing and 40x reading.
TEAC CD-W516E CDR-W drive:
Performance: 16x writing, 10x re-writing, 40x reading
Access Time: 85ms
Transfer Rate: max: 2.4MB/S write / max: 1.5MB/S rewrite
Buffer Size: 2MB
Compatibility: CD-DA, CD-I, Video-CD, CD-ROM-XA, CD-PLUS, Enhanced-CD, Photo-CD,
Recording mode: Disk-at-Once, Track-at-Once, Multisession, Incremental, Packet
TEAC CD-210PU slim-line portable CD-ROM drive:
This is new model from TEAC for portable users. The interface
is PCMCIA and supports up to 10x reading.
Transfer Rate: max: 1.5MB/S
Power Consumption: < 500mA
Shock: operating: 5G (max), Non-operating: 100G (max)
TEAC presented in the Cebit 2001 show a new autoloader/CD
printer, which looks exactly with the Primera Composer/Signature III we already
The machine actually is an OEM version of both Primera's Composer/Signature
TEAC demonstrated in their booth 2 duplication towers:
- CD-R Dupli 4:
This is a full duplication tower, which supports 4 12x CDR-W drives
and one 32x SCSI CD-ROM.
|4 CD-Writers: CD-W512S
Performance: 32x read / 12x write / 10x re-write
CD-R speed: 650MB appr. 8min
Access time: 150ms (average)
Tranfer Rate: 3.6mb/s (max) read / 1.2mb/s write / 1.2mb/s re-write
Buffer Size: 4MB
CD-ROM: 32x SCSI
Performance: 32x read
Access time: 165ms (average)
Tranfer Rate: max. 4.8mb/s
Disc Loading: Motorized Tray
Safety Standard: CE
- CS Single 12
This is a small duplication unit since it supports only one 12x
CDR-W and one 32x SCSI CD-ROM.
| CD-Writer: CD-W512S
Performance: 32x read / 12x write / 10x re-write
CD-R speed: 650MB appr. 8min
Access time: 150ms (average)
Tranfer Rate: 3.6mb/s (max) read / 1.2mb/s write / 1.2mb/s re-write
Buffer Size: 4MB
CD-ROM: 32x SCSI
Performance: 32x read
Access time: 165ms (average)
Tranfer Rate: max. 4.8mb/s
Disc Loading: Motorized Tray
Safety Standard: CE
in the Cebit 2001 show presented many new media for all CD and DVD writing/re-writing
platforms and a new CDR-W drive (12/10/32). As it seems Verbatim plans to enter
the CD recording area with big plans since already after Cebit a 16/10/40 CDR-W
drive was also announced.
- CD Platform
- HS-RW 80min media
- 24x certified CDR media
- 1.3GB DDCD CD-R/RW media.
- Colourful CDs CDs (probably in package of 10)
- DVD Platform
Verbatim supports all DVD platforms (DVD-R, DVD-RAM,
Waitec in Cebit
Waitec in the Cebit 2001 show presented 2 interesting
new models. The already known "MEGALUS" and a DVD+RW drive (prototype).
- Waitec MEGALUS 241040 CDR-W drive:
is the fastest Waitec CDR-W from Waitec and will come in June of 2001:
Interface: SCSI-3 (8-bit narrow bus) and Eide/ATAPI
Transfer Rate: 20 Mbytes/s
Mean random seek time: 130ms
Reading speed: 40x CAV
Writing speed: CD-R media 1x, 2x, 4x, 8x, 12x, 16x CLV, 16x-24x Z-CLV
Re-writing speed: 2x, 4x, 8x, 10x, 12x CLV, 4x-10x Z-CLV
Application Disc: CD-ROM mode 1, CD-ROM XA mode 2 form 1, mode 2 form 2, CD-DA,
Photo CD single session and multi-session, CD-I, CD-G, CD-TEXT
Disc diameter: 12 cm , 8 cm
Storage capacity: 12 cm : 656 MB (mode 1), 748 MB (mode 2) / 8 cm : 185 MB
Loader : Tray loader
compatibility : Windows 95/98/ME/NT 4.0/2000 - MAC 8.5
Quality/Reliability: 30,000 POH
BURN-Proof 2 Technology
Certified as Multi-read
Upgradeable firmware (flash memory)
2 MB Buffer
- Waitec DVD+RW drive:
No much information was given about the Waitec
DVD+RW drive but you should expect it after this summer.
Yamaha in Cebit
it was expected Yamaha presented in the Cebit 2001 show their newest CRW2200
series. There was at least 5 CRW2200 drives (either in glass chambers or installed
in PCs) and there were people from Ahead, which presented both Nero 5.5 and
NeroMAX (for MAC) since Yamaha CRW2200 series come with Nero 5.5! The drive
will come in May of 2001 first at internal ATAPI (and SCSI) and in external
SCSI/Firewire/USB 2.0 versions.
As you may have noticed from the press release
of Yamaha CRW2200 the drive supports 20x writing partial - 16x writing in start
and increasing up to 20x around 15mins. Why Yamaha chosen again this solution?
Well the explanation is simple according to Yamaha "....Most current CD-Roms/DVD-Roms
in starts reading at maximum 16x-17x. Since they are using CAV technology the
reading speed increases as long the time passes. Also the vibrations for a drive
rotating at 20x are very high and will cause shorter life of the recorder mechanisms.
That is why Yamaha uses Partial CAV as their writing technology..." What
the competition does? Follows the same practise. No other manufacturer offering
a "CLV" writing solution above 16x. :)
Another interesting feature is the "Optimal
Write Speed" feature. The Yamaha CRW2200 keeps looking the quality of the
CD every sec. Let's say that we set the writing speed at 20x. The quality of
the media is not very good after a certain point. The Yamaha CRW2200 can detect
the problem and lower the recording speed to 16x, 12x or 8x as long the quality
of the produced CD is in what the specifications order. If the drive decides
that the quality of the media is in normal levels it will speed up the writing
speed to from 12x to 20x! Also the included 8MB of buffer according to Yamaha
reduces the need of "SafeBurn" technology which makes the final CD
more reliable. Last the drive supports real 10x CLV re-writing and 4x-10x (full
CAV), which according to Yamaha is faster in packet writing.
Here you can see the first real life picture about
the CRW 2200 specifications:
The picture is in German language but you will
understand the important features: 20x writing (3000kb/s) , Firmware 0.88beta
(since the drive is still evolving), supports overburn, DAO , Simulation, CD-Text
and 8MB of buffer. For the new drive 2 more options are available in Nero 5.5:
"Buffer Underrun Protection" and "Optimal Write Speed".
We told that the drive would support DAO-RAW reading/writing - no information
if the drive supports SD2 backups yet....
first option feature (Buffer Underrun Protection) is there to avoid buffer underruns.
The technology comes from OAK Technology (1chip) and Yamaha (2 chips) and with
the included 8MB of Buffer will supposed to produce perfect CDs. Yamaha said
that their technology (SafeBURN) produces 0 gap length! (not yet 100% confirmed).
What about the media? Where is above 16x certified media? For the testing proposes
Yamaha used both Verbatim 16x and 24x certified media:
Yamaha has many plans for the future. For sure there would be faster recorders
(above 20x) to reach the competition from Sanyo and Plextor (24x) based in the
same partial CAV writing principal.
There are also some plans for MultiLever recorder
from Yamaha as the TDK's press release states: "...TDK has established
a dialogue with leading CD-R/RW drive manufacturers such as Yamaha Corporation
and the Optical device division of Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd about joining the
36. Yamaha Combines Speed and Stability in New CD-R/RW drives
Speed and Stability in New CD-R/RW drives
New CRW2200 series
offers world's first 20X write, 10X rewrite, and 40X read speeds - CRW2200 with
SafeBurn to be demonstrated at CeBit 2001--
March 19, 2001 - Yamaha Corporation, an established leader in digital audio,
today unveiled the world's fastest series of CD-R/RW drives, the CRW2200, that
promises greater recording stability, efficiency and ease of use.
The CRW2200, equipped with SafeBurn for enhanced buffer
underrun protection, will make its debut at the opening of the high-technology
tradeshow CeBIT 2001, being held in Hannover, Germany, from March 22 to March
Yamaha is presenting five models in the CRW2200 series and the
first, the CRW2200E (internal ATAPI), will become available worldwide from the
second quarter of 2001.
20X writing, 10X rewriting, 40X reading and audio ripping
develop the CRW2200 series of drives Yamaha built upon the success of the CRW2100
series launched last October, and significantly increased maximum recording
speed to 20X while retaining many of the forerunner's excellent features. Among
these is the incorporation of Partial CAV (Constant Angular Velocity) recording
to ensure high-quality recording even at high speeds.
The result is a series of superbly engineered drives that can
shorten the writing time by up to 14% compared with CRW2100 series.
"With our CRW2200 series we have not compromised quality
for speed," says Masami Takeuchi, General Manager of Yamaha's IT Sales
& Marketing Division. "By adopting Partial CAV we can promise a constant
and controlled rotation speed during data writes to the inner tracks on the
disc. This reduces vibration that corrupts quality," he explains.
addition to employing conventional CLV at 2X, 4X, 8X, and 10X in rewriting mode,
the CRW2200 also supports the 4X-10X CAV mode. This permits high-speed random
writing/reading of data and realizes floppy disk-like ease of operation using
CRW2200 series drives also feature a CD-ROM read speed of up to
40X with CAV, expediting the reading of digital audio discs at up to 40X and
the extraction of a 74-minute audio CD in about three minutes.
SafeBurn features ensure stability and ease of use
CRW2200 series drives are equipped with SafeBurn features
so that all users - whether professional or novice - can have greater confidence
in the final recorded result. SafeBurn incorporates Buffer Underrun Protection,
generous 8MB buffer memory and Optimum Write Speed Control to make for an easier
and more stable and efficient CD-recording experience.
Buffer Underrun Protection packaged in SafeBurn frees users from the inconveniences
associated with buffer underrun errors by completely eliminating them. With
SafeBurn, if data transfer is delayed and memory in the buffer drops to
a critical level, recording is suspended until the buffer has regained sufficient
memory, after which the recording restarts virtually seamlessly from the point
at which it was suspended. Buffer Underrun Protection in the new CRW2200 series
drives employs Oak Technology's buffer underrun protection method in the DSP
and is integrated with Yamaha's own chips to achieve the highest accuracy of
highest level of data continuity possible .
Although Buffer Underrun Protection prevents buffer underrun errors,
the frequent activation of the system would normally extend the time required
for the completion of disc writing. The CRW2200 is equipped with an 8MB buffer
memory--two to four times larger than that of its competitors--to ensure stable
and efficient recording, and to minimize the incidence of suspension of recording
by buffer underrun.
Optimum Write Speed Control function that automatically adjusts writing speed
to the optimum level for each kind of disc, removes user concerns about recording
speeds and the CD-R disc's compatibility. Simply by setting the writing speed
at 20X, the CRW2200 checks the characteristics and conditions of the inserted
disc and automatically selects the maximum optimum writing speed for the disc
to ensure data reliability when the disc is read back by CD-ROM drives or CD
players. Here again, Partial CAV permits greater flexibility in speed selection
in the 12X-20X speed range, considerably enhancing recording efficiency.
High quality writing
High quality as well as high speed writing is ensured with the
CRW2200 by the incorporation of Yamaha's proprietary Pure Phase Laser System
that stabilizes laser power and eliminates unwanted reflections and glare produced
when recording a CD, resulting in more accurate recording.
CRW2200 series drives also incorporate features that ensure reliable
recording onto a wide range of media, such as Running Optimum Power Calibration
(ROPC) to ensure that optimum laser output power is adjusted for each disc.
Wide variety of models
The CRW2200 series features five models to meet users' needs:
CRW2200E (internal ATAPI), CRW2200S (internal SCSI-3), CRW2200SX (external SCSI-3),
CRW2100IX (external IEEE1394), and CRW2200UX (external USB2.0). The CRW2200E
will become available worldwide during the second quarter of 2001 and the release
of other models will follow.