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Appeared on: Thursday, March 14, 2002
Cebit 2002 Show

1. CeBIT Outside

Cebit 2002 OutSide

Outside the CeBIT fair...

After passing the entrance...

Hall 21 hosted most of the CD/DVD manufacturers

2. CloneCD v4.0 - Page 1

Cebit 2002 - CloneCD v4.x

The CD Copy Authority strikes again! - Page 1

Most of you have heard of a supposed new version of CloneCD called v4.0x. Yesterday we finally meet the famous CloneCD author (Olli ;-) and the whole CloneCD team. After a short introduction, a nice gift was waited us....A preview of CloneCD v4.x! In short we will try to explain what's new and what has been improved.

Info, Info, Info.....

First of all you will notice the new CloneCD logo (a happy and proud sheep). The basic interface looks like the previous v3.x and there are several cosmetic changes:

We selected the third button (copy disc) and you can see the available drives with a different icon for reader/writer:

If you press the right click upon the CD-ROM you can see the following options. Lets select "Settings":

At the reader settings you can select if you wish or not to enable SubChannel data reading from Data/Audio Tracks (on by default) and the CD-Text status:

At the Fast Skip Error tab we find the already known settings (Read Retries, Error correction mode):

After pressing next (or double click upon the drive) we can see the following screen. Here is one major update of the ClonCD v4.x series. CloneCD now includes 4 basic templates with the best reading settings for each CD type (AudioCD, DataCD, GameCD). Of course you can add your own templates:

Lets see which options are suggested for the AudioCDs:

Nothing here is ticked:

The reading speed is automatically set at 8x. The "Audio Extraction Quality" option is one of new features of v4.x version. This option works the same way as the famous EAC (Exact Audio Copy) does:

According to the setting, the software checks the extracted sectors for accuracy:

3. CloneCD v4.0 - Page 2

Cebit 2002 - CloneCD v4.x

The CD Copy Authority strikes again! - Page 2

On the last tab "Error Handling", we can find another new feature of CloneCD. There is additional setting "Automatic" that contols the Fast Skip Error mode. CloneCD got smarter and now decides when the drive does has reading problems ,with bad sectors of protected CDs for example, enables the fast skip error to increase the drive's reading speed. When the drive passes the bad sectors, the "Fast Skip Error" is turned off to get the maximum reading quality. Now that is what i can call "Smart"! The "Intelligent Bad Sector Scanner" is always turned on with the default values of 100:

After we press ok, we press next and another graphic is displayed:

Nothing here has changed:

New Animation!

At the writing screen we can select our recorder and several "writing" templates, which guide user for the specific CD:

At the recorder settings, we can select the writing mode and the Buffer Underrun option:

At the profile settings , we can select the writing speed, Amplify Weak Sector:

Finally recording started, and we can see a new animation (0,1 bytes moving from one CD to other):

Another last improvement is at the log screen. You can now stop the scrolling (just double click upon it) and move up/down while the reading/writing process is going on:


Even the version we saw was an early 4.x build, our general impression was positive. The interface has stayed the same and now almost all the "weird" settings have been replaced with templates for both reading/writing processes. Thats good for the inexperienced users. There are several other improvements, like the Audio Extraction mode and the very good/smart "Fast Skip Error" engine. Of course, here in CeBIT we didn't had the chance to make real life testing, but shortly we will ;-)


Cebit 2002 - ASUS

ASUS in CeBIT 2002 presented new ATAPI CD-RW drives of 40x and 48x recording speeds. The CRW4012A has average recording speed of 30.36X with firmware v0.6 as the following Nero CD Speed picture shows.

The ASUS CRW4012A has 2MB of buffer, supports Overburn and includes FlextraLink/FlextraSpeed recording technologies:

Here is how the drive looks like:

And last here are the specifications:

ASUS also presented another 48x recorder with the codename CRW-4812A. It suppots 48x writing, 12x re-writing and 48x reading. All the rest features are the same as with CRW4012A:

Below is the most interesting drive from ASUS. An external DVD/CD-RW combo drive with two interfaces USB 2.0/FireWire, capable of 16x writing, 8x re-writing, 24x reading (CD) and 8x reading (DVD). At the following picture we see the right side of the drive:

Front of the drive

There is the possibility this drive to include MP3 playback capabilities but ASUS people wasn't so sure about it...

Last, ASUS presented an external 40x USB2.0/FireWire, based upon the internal CRW-4012A:


Cebit 2002 - TEAC

TEAC at CeBIT 2002, presented a new series of slim-line CD-RW drives, mainly for notebooks with recording speeds up to 24x! Lets see the high-lights of the CD related products:

A) CD-W524E

Even the drive is five months old, there is a new retail package with an "interesting" new logo upon it :-)

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b) CD-W540E

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For the first time, we saw the European retail box of the CD-W540E drive. This model supports 40x writing, 12x re-writing and 48x re-writing, 8MB of Buffer, access time of 77ms and official Mount Rainier approval. The price of the drive is not yet determined and should be out in stores at early April:

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In addition, TEAC presented 4 OEM products mainly for notebook use. There were presented, 16x/10x/24x and 24x/10x/24x and a 8x/24x DVD/CD player.

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Cebit 2002 - Yamaha

Yamaha at CeBIT 2002, presented for the first time, the "printing/drawing" technology. As Yamaha says, it has developed an innovative laser scanning technology for CD-R/RWs. Since developing both laser output and rotation control in such a way that the CD-RW recorder is capable of burning images onto the CD-R as well as content in the form of data. This enables users to write a practical “memo“ such as a date, index, logo or picture on the unused area of the disk.

Yamaha for the presentation had three template demos, written by special DOS software. When a drive ships with that technology , Nero could be used to control the size, empty space of the CD that is going to be printed with. So far Yamaha has only succeeded 16 levels of grey and hopefully this will be increased (up to 64?) at the final product:

Below you can find the world's first CDRInfo "printed" test disc, with the logo, the URL and the CeBIT who upon it. Isn't that impressive? (Click to get high-resolution picture)

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Below is another example of CDRInfo "printed" CDs. As you may seen, there are already burned data and at the empty space we can "print" logos, text etc...For testing Yamaha randomly chosen www.cdrinfo.com ;-)

Below is another Yamaha product kind different. The below picture explain more or less the product information. Isn't not decided yet if this product will hit the market or not, but Yamaha does see a potential market opening to this category in which big competitors like Primera Technologies does exist.

Below is the actual machine. From the glass window, you could see the robotic arm moving up and down, inserting and storing backup CDs from the software commands.

In addition products like Yamaha CRW3200E, Yamaha CRW70 and the IDE to SCSI converter was also present:

Lastly, Yamaha gave several AudioMASTER shows with the "Hear The Difference" slogan. Does it sound familiar?

7. LG

Cebit 2002 - LG

LG at CeBIT 2002 presented a big amount of new drives, focused mostly upon the DVD format. There will be a lot of new combo (DVD/CD-RW) drives, 32x and 40x CD-RW drives, of course Super DVD combo recorders (DVD-R/RW/RAM/CD-RW), Blue Laser Recorder and CD/DVD media.

DVD/CD-RW Combo drives

DVD-ROM Drives

DVD Super Combo Recorder

The GMA-4020B is actually an OEM version of Panasonic LF-D521...

CD-RW Drives

Blue Laser Video Recorder

The Blue Laser Video Recorder supposed to hit the market somewhere inside 2003 or maybe even 2004.


8. Pegasys

Cebit 2002 - TMPGEnc

Interview with TMPGEnc Enc Author

During the CeBIT 2002 show, we had the chance to meet the author of TMPGEnc, Mr. Hiroyuki Hori and have an interview with him about the past, present and future of the TMPGEnc project.

Since Hori-san cannot speak any English, Mr. Ryuhei Yoshii, Vice president of International affairs of Pegasys Inc., helped us with the translation.

Q: Welcome Hori-san to the CeBIT 2002 show.

A: Thank you

Q: Is this the first time you visit the CeBIT show?

A: Yes, it is. Actually I am very excited about it.

Q: How old are you?

A: I am 21 years old.

Q: Where is your home base?

A: I live near Tokyo.

Q: How did the whole story started?

A: When I was 17th I was interested in data compression technologies mainly for data use like ZIP and ACE . Shortly, I started occupying myself with binary compression and quickly moved into the still picture compression, like JPEG. I was so excited that I planed to create my own encoding format. But the MPEG standard was already established so I thought that this might be the way I should work. I moved to the motion picture standard.

Q: What is your mathematical background?

A: When I started didn't know much about any Mathematical theories. In the age of 16 I dropped High-School because my main interests were out of what the High-School could offer. At this point I almost didn't know anything about Mathematics. I started reading Mathematical books about data compression, specification about MPEG format and through personal beta testing I developed my first encoding tool. After one year of research I released the first beta version of "TSUNAMI" encoder.

Q: However, software programming skills are also essential to develop such a project.

A: I started learning N88 (programming language from NEC for MS-DOS) but shortly I had to move to a Windows programming language. At that time, the alternatives were Visual Basic and Delphi. I chose Delphi. All the versions were released in Delphi.

Q: Is Delphi the current language you use?

A: I am still using Delphi v4.0 for the programming. I have also tried the newer builds but I decided to stick with v4.0. There are some thoughts of porting the whole project to C++ but nothing has been decided yet.

Q: How was your first program called?

A: I wanted to have a name familiar to the English people, so I called it "Tsunami Mpeg Encoder". But the file name of the software was called TMPGenc.exe so users started calling my software as TMPGEnc. I liked the idea so I renamed it to TMPGEnc.

Q: Your first program was only in Japanese language, wasn't it?
Yes it was. Versions Beta1 till Beta 11 were only in Japanese, and after Beta 11 a user created an unofficial English language patch.

Q: What was your reaction?

A: I didn't care much since my English level was/is low. As you know most Japanese don't know very good English since it's very hard for us to learn it. So a third person helped me with the English versions. After version Beta 12c, both English/Japanese languages released. Beta 12j was the last beta version and then we moved to v2.x

Q: What happened next?

Well, I had an important meeting with Mr. Kawamura, current president of Pegasys Inc, and I decided to work with him in order to continue developing the TMPGEnc project. So me and Mr. Kawamura became the main share holders of Pegasys Inc.

Q: Please give us some more details about this cooperation. How did your software become known?

A: Until version beta 12, the software was available only in my personal homepage called "Hori's Homepage". Even today my personal homepage is there but have not enough time to update it.

I didn't know how many times my software was downloaded but I knew that over 1000 people were visiting my site. Shortly, my encoder started making known to users so I had to use another server for to manage the download demands. That time Mr. Kawamura learned about my encoder so he e-mailed me and we started talking about a possible co-operation.

I also had some other offers to sell the source code and also to work for some companies but I refused. Mr. Kawamura offered his sincere help so I accepted his offer. For about one and half year we had an open cooperation. He helped me establish the TMPGEnc domain name and offered his marketing advices and promotion tips.

By the end of 2001 we decided to join forces and work together under a company with the name Pegasys. Inc. The name comes from the Peg (a) (from Mpeg) and Sys (Systems). Before the Pegasys Inc, the TMPGEnc project was my personal activity, but now is my job.

Q: How many people are working for Pegasys Inc?

A: At this time point, there are 6 people working. That includes my self, technical support, webmasters and marketing.

Q: As far as we know, there are two versions of TMPGEnc available. Which are the main differences between the TMPGEnc and TMPGEnc Plus?

A: The main differences between those versions are:

a) The Plus version offers unlimited Mpeg2 encoding
b) The Plus version has an improved algorithm and 2 pass encoding
c) The Plus version offers free updates.
d) Offers technical support by email
e) The free version doesn't include templates of certain settings. For example, the Plus version has some templates allowing a 2-hour SVCD project creation.

We plan to add an English on-line manual in the next months. All customers who have already bought the English version will be able to download for free.

Q: Why a user should choose TMPGEnc instead of others?

A: Our main advantage is the encoding quality in both MPEG1/MPEG2 formats.

Q: What about the encoding speed?

A: We know that the encoding speed is not as fast as it should be, since quality is our first priority. We are also looking upon the user's interface; we have recently added new wizards, since we want even amateur users to be able to use our encoder.

Q: What is the price of the Plus version?

A: The price of the Plus version is $48. Users can get the Plus version from our pegasys-inc.net website.

Q: What is your opinion about the competition?

A: I believe that CinemaCraft is our main competitor. The software offers a good balance between encoding speed/quality. However the price of CinemaCraft SP Pro is almost $2000. We didn't start comparing our encoder with Cinema Craft but the most of the users do. We think that our product is open to all users and the two products have a different target group.

Q: How many users do you believe are using your encoder?

A: At least 300.000 people have downloaded our encoder since one and half year. It's hard to estimate the real number of people who are using our encoder…

Q: In past, you supported unlimited Mpeg2 encoding but after a while this changed. May we know why?

A: The main reason is the license fees from the MPEGLA LLC. In the beginning, we didn't know about the licensing fees, and when we learned about it, we decided to proceed to the 30days evaluation option. The thought was to evaluate the Mpeg2 encoding format before a user could purchase the Plus version.

Q: What are the future plans for TMPGEnc?

A: With v3.x, we plan to improve more the users interface and we are also considering offering Mpeg4 encoding support. Of course there are several other plans but for now are confidential :

Q: Are you open to any cooperation with other companies?

A: Pegasys is open to any possible cooperation with other companies. Possibly in the future you may see something from us. Currently there two websites, pegasys-inc.com which offers the TMPGEnc Plus version and the tmpgenc.net which offers the free TMPGEnc.

If users are happy with the free version from the tmpgenc.net website, that's ok with us. Users can exchange information in our forum at tmpgenc.net. If users decide that they need the functionality and features of the Plus version, they can buy from our pegasys-inc.net.

Q: Hori-San thanks for your information. Hope you have a great time here in CeBIT!

A: Thanks. It was nice speaking with you. See you next year!

9. Brainwave - Page 1

Cebit 2002 - BrainWave

Sanyo News - Page 1

Probably you may don't know but BrainWave is the official Sanyo distributor of Sanyo in Europe. At their booth , much bigger than last year, they presented a new series of CD-RW drives among with some stand alone DVD players. The new Sanyo 40x CD-RW with the code name"CRD-BP1700P" was there and has some very interesting features:

- 40x write (Z-CLV), 12x rewrite (CLV) and 48x (CAV) reading

- 4MB of Buffer

- BURN-Proof technology

- Shock-BP (Shock-Proof), FlexSS-BP and Safe-BP technologies

- Support for SafeDisc v2.5 (we don't know if there will be support for v2.51.x)

- AudioSafe technology

Sanyo adds two new technologies (Shock-BP, AudioSafe) to compete Yamaha's AudioMASTER and Plextor's VariRec. No details are available yet, but it seems that the new option is closer to what Plextor has developed. In addition, there is a support for SafeDisc v2.5 versions which makes the drive more comparable to the LiteOn products. Lastly, Brainwave demonstrated Verbatim 40x certified CD-RW media, useful for the existing and future 40x capable CD-RW drives. There will be another 48x recorder from Sanyo (CRD-BP1800P) and this will be the last, at least for the CD recording format.

10. Brainwave - Page 2

Cebit 2002 - BrainWave

Sanyo News - Page 2

Many people have been wondering when Sanyo will enter the DVD recording area.. At last there are some great news. BrainWave has released information about a new Super DVD combo recorder from Sanyo with the code name"CRD-DV1". It is a DVD-R/CD-RW drive with some impressive features:

- 4x DVD-R writing, 16x DVD-ROM reading

- 24x CD-R writing, 12x rewriting and 48x (or 40x) reading

- BURN-Proof Technology for CD format

- ShockBP, FlexSS-BP and Safe-BP for CD format

As BrainWave said, the product will hit the market in June of 2002 in an unknown price for now. There will be a firmware upgrade around September 2002 that will add the DVD-RW format (probably only 1x) support and by the end of 2002, a Sanyo DVD+RW drive will appear.

Those news are probably the most interesting in this year's CeBIT show. The decision of Sanyo to enter the DVD recording format means that the DVD recorder prices will decrease rapidly, and the DVD recording will become reality for the most of the end users. Of course there are some questions whether 4x capable DVD-R media will be available by June, but the media manufacturers are working hard on it...

11. Plextor

Cebit 2002 - PLEXTOR

PLEXTOR at CeBIT 2002 show, had a rather large booth but nothing "new" was demonstrated , at least for the CD recording area. The latest info says that you will possibly not see an ML recorder with the Plextor brand. Why? Possibly because the ML technology comes out late, at least for the CD format.

Plextor sees a potential use of ML mainly in the DVD format. However, we did see a recorder with the codename "PLEXTOR PX-ML3630" in the Calimetrics ML demonstration... ;-)

For the future, you should expect a Plextor 48x recorder (PX-W4812A) around May/June and a DVD recorder (DVD-R and/or DVD+R) when the DVD format war clears up. For the present, visitor could see the already known PX-W4012A (at both white and black colours), PX-S88TU and the latest PX-320A (DVD/CD-RW combo):

Plextor 40x Black Front Bezel

The 40x model with Black Front

The DVD/CD-RW Combo

For the non-CD recording fans, there were two new products, that are already sold in Japan but not in the rest world.

A) PleXTALK (or PleXWriter Direct Recorder)

This device can record sound (wav format) ,on real time, from an external mic to CD-R media. The PleXTalk device was originally designed for the blind people. The numeric keypad has special touch and has the following features:

a) CD Slot-in insert mechanism

b) Battery support

c) PCMCIA slot, USB interface

d) Record/playback functions

The current price is high, but it is expected to be lower when it will come to the market.


B) Plextor ListeningStation

This is another product that is already is out in Japan. This device can be used mainly at CD shops as a "Listening Station". Users can listen to Audio CDs, by simply passing the CD plastic case (with a bar code) at the through the bar code scanner in the bottom of the station. The device is connected to a network server and displays information about the CD, the AudioTracks, and of course through the attached headphones you can listen to your favorite music.

Plextor has already established an aggrement with "Virgin Megastores", the well known CD shop line. The price of the terminal is around $500.



12. BenQ

Cebit 2002 - BenQ

BenQ (formerly named as Acer), presented a series of CD-RW drives and CD/DVD media.

a) CD-RW drives

Internal 4012P

Internal 3010A

External Mini-RW 2410MR

Supports USB 1.1/2.0 and Firewire interfaces. Can write up to 24x, re-write up to 10x and read up to 24x. Supports SeamLess Link III and weights 520gr.

External 3210EU


For now, BenQ supports only DVD-R and DVD+RW formats. There was also demonstrated 40x CD-R and 12x CD-RW media:

13. CyberDrive

Cebit 2002 - CyberDrive

CyberDrive, had a few suprises presenting some new drives. An internal 40x/16x/48x CD-RW (yes you read it correctly 16x re-writing) that is planned to ship around June. The drive displayed in CeBIT, was mentioned as a 12x re-writer, but shortly after the show finishes, CyberDrive will announce the 16x re-writing speed.

To obtain such a high re-writing speed, new RW media must be used with different organic structure. Ritek will be ready by June to offer such media. Probably other media manufacturers will follow up shortly. It is not yet known if the new 16x RW media will be compatible to the existing CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drives or not...

CyberDrive is also the first manufacturer that uses VIA chipsets for optical storage drives. Their latest 52x CD-ROM version is based upon VIA chipset, and as we heard VIA also plans to ship chipsets for CD-RW drives. Lastly, CyberDrive is a member of DVD+RW alliance so probably next year a DVD+R/RW drive will be released.

PS. CyberDrive said that a new firmware will offer SD2 compatibility for the 32x CD-RW drive :-)




14. LiteOn

Cebit 2002 - LiteOn

LiteOn, had a smaller booth this year than the one last year. There were present, the 40x (LTR-40125S), the upcoming 48x (LTR-4812?S) and an external USB 2.0 drive with 24x writing, 12x re-writing and 40x reading speeds. Lastly, there will be a combo with (32/12/40 and 16x DVD) after September. No information was obtained about the status of LTD-165 (16/48 DVD-ROM). We also had the chance to talk with LiteOn European support member and express some of your complains about the lack of support, bugs etc...

LiteOn said that the problem of the 24x drive with the tray was mainly a problem with specific M/B manufacturers. The LiteOn drive needs 0 voltage during the boot process. Some M/B (from Abit, ASUS) supplied the drive with 1.5V, so the drive was not behaving correctly. As you probably already know, the problem was fixed with the latest firmware upgrade. LiteOn also promised a better technical support and a faster website...

15. TDK

Cebit 2002 - TDK

TDK had a rather large booth, displaying all the drives and media product line. TDK will ship soon a 40x CD-RW drive, an external USB2.0/FireWire drive and an external USB 2.0 drive. There will be a new series of 40x with capacities of 74 & 80min, 4.7GB DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R and DVD+RW media.

CD-RW drives


16. CSI

Cebit 2002 - CSI

CSI is an Italian CDR manufacturer. The company had a full series of CDR and DVD-R media

17. Artec

Cebit 2002 - Artec

Artec plans to ship 32/12/48 and a 40/12/48 in the near future. Both drives support 2MB Buffer and JustLink anti-buffer underrun protection.

18. Ricoh

Cebit 2002 - Ricoh

Ricoh plans to ship a 32/12/48 and a 40/12/48 CD-RW drive in the near future. Both drives have 2MB Buffer and JustLink buffer underrun protection. As Ricoh said, only 80MB 32x CD-R media will available, since the cost is very close to the 74min media line.

CD-RW Drives

DVD+R/RW Drives:

This drive will be available by the end of April, and is priced at 600 Euros. The MP5125A combo drive supports 12x CD-R write, 10x CD-RW write, and 32x CD read. As for the DVD features, the drive supports 2.4x DVD+R/RW ReWrite, and 8x DVD read.

DVD Media

19. Maxtor

Cebit 2002 - Maxtor

External HD drives

Maxtor offers durable plastic cases for external hard disk drives. The output provided interface is IEEE 1394.

Adapter cards

Maxtor's 1394 CardBus adapter card allows you to connect your laptop to digital video, audio, storage and more. The company also demonstrated an Ultra ATA/133 PCI adapter card, which offers up to 133Mb/sec data transfer rate and works with the most of ATA/UDMA133 devices.

Hard Disk drives

Maxtor presented the "DiamondMax" and the "FireBall" series of hard drives. DiamondMaxPlus D740X is a 3.5-Inch 7200RPM drive line, with available capacities up to 80GB. The supported Ultra ATA/133 Interface offers a data transfer rate of 133 MB/sec. The drives have a 2MB cache buffer, has a 8.5 msec average normal seek time and support Maxtor's "Quiet Drive Technology Plus", "Shock Protection System" and "Data Protection System" features. "Quiet Drive Technology Plus" delivers high level acoustics, with Fluid Dynamic Bearing motors, for improved overall sound quality. "Shock and Data protection system" give the user enhanced protection against both operating and non-operating shock and verifies essential functions in seconds to eliminate costly and unnecessary drive returns.

Maxtor 541DX is a single-platter 5400RPM hard drive family with capacities up to 20GB. The supported interface is the Ultra ATA/100 and the buffer comes to 2MB. The average seek time is 12msec.

For server and workstation use, Maxtor proposes the Atlas 10K III hard disk family, available at 18.4GB, 36.7GB and 73.4GB capacities. The rotation speed is 10,000 RPM and the average seek time is only 4.5ms. The drive comes with U160 and U320 interfaces.


Maxtor email management solution

"MaxAttachEMS" is a solution for centralized email storage and management. Email messages and attachments are automatically moved from the mail server to the MaxAttach storage server, creating one centralized email archive. The automatic data migration system offloads the email servers and reduces the email server backup time. The system has a simple administration and offers plug-and-play support for Microsoft Outlook /Exchange and Lotus Notes/Domino.

In the same booth, Maxtor demonstrated a serial ATA connection configuration with a hard disk drive.

20. Sony

Cebit 2002 - Sony


Sony demonstrated its first the DVD+RW drive kit, the "DRU120A" internal ATAPI model, available by May and the "DRX120L" external i.Link model, available by June. Both DVD+RW/+R and CD-R/RW combo drives support 2.4x DVD+RW writing speed and 12/10/32 CD capabilities. The cache buffer is 2MB and the retail packages will include B's CLiP, B's Recorder GOLD and CyberLink's PowerDVD software.

Sony also demonstrated a slimline portable combo drive series, the "CRX85MA"(PCMCIA Interface, MemoryStick slot), the "CRX85A" (PCMCIA interface) and the "CRX85U" (USB-2 Interface). The drives will support 20x writing, 8x rewriting and 24x reading for the CD and 8x DVD reading. The models will be possibly available by May, or a little later, with increased supported speeds.


Sony introduced the "DPW120" DVD+RW/+R 4.7GB media line. The company also launched the DVD-RW/R 4.7GB media and 40X 700MB CD-Rs.


Cebit 2002 - WAITEC

CD-RW Drives

"Storm 32" external ATAPI drive supports 32x writing speed, 10x rewriting and 40x reading. The drive is supplied with a 4MB buffer, and offers the "Optimal Power Control" and "SafeLink" features.

"Storm 40" is Waitec's proposal for 40x writing. The drive shares the specifications of its brother "Storm 32", as mentioned before.

Combo drives

Waitec also offers the "SfinX 16" combo CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, with 16/10/40 supported features for CD-RW and 10x DVD reading.

DVD Recorders

The "X-File" supports 2.5/2.5/8 DVD+RW speeds and 12/10/32 CD-RW options.

Portable Burners/MP3 players

"Clipp" is a portable CD-recorder and MP3 player that reads at 6x, writes to 8 cm media at 4x and has a USB Interface. The drive's weight is 200g, has a 8MB Anti-Shock buffer and offers a max 6-hour playback or 2-hour recording autonomy through Lithium ion rechargeable batteries.

"Havin" is an MP3/CD player equipped with a multifunctional display, equalizer and antishock buffer for continuous playback when you are jogging in your park... The drive is powered through rechargeable or AA Alcaline batteries offering 8h/13h playback, respectively.


24x, 40x 80min CD-R among with 4.7GB DVD+RW media available by Waitec.


Cebit 2002 - RITEK

RITEK presented a full series of DVD (DVD-R/-RW/+R/+RW), BlueTood adaptors, CD-R/-RW media and copystations.

DVD Media

CD-R Media

RITEK also presened a new CD-R+ROM media called CD-ROM PLUS. The media has both CD-R and CD-ROM formats in the same disc. At the factory, companies can have pre-written media (at the ROM part) and the rest of the disc can be used from users (with normal CD-R media)

Copy Towers


Cebit 2002 - MITSUI

DVD Media

CD-R Media

24. AOpen

Cebit 2002 - AOPEN

CD-RW Drives

Aopen presents its new 40/12/48 CD-RW drive series (CRW4048) with two models, the internal ATAPI and the external USB 2.0. Both drives feature the "JustLink" anticoaster technology. Two CD-ROM drives are also available, supporting 52x and 56x reading speeds.

The company also demonstrated two new slim external drives. The "SC-924U" slim CD-ROM drive reads at 8.5x max speed and is connected through USB 1.1 Interface. The "ESW-884" slim CD-RW drive supports 10x CD-R/RW writing speeds, 24x reading speed, and reads CD-R/RW/DVD-R/RW formats. The drive can be connected via USB 1.1/2.0 and IEEE 1364 interfaces.

DVD recorders

AOpen will presend a new CD-RW and DVD+R/+RW drive till May. It supports 12x writing/10x re-writing/32x reading, 2MB Buffer and JustLink

CD-R Media

AOpen presented 32x and 40x CD-R among with 12x re-writing HS-RW media.

25. MSI

Cebit 2002 - MSI

MSI, the well known M/B manufacturer, enters the optical storage area with CD-ROM, CD-RW and DVD-ROM drives.

CD-RW and CD-ROM Drives

DVD-ROM drives

26. Maxell

Cebit 2002 - Maxell

CD-R media

Maxell presents the new 32x and 40x 700MB CD-R media.

DVD-R/RW media

The following pictures show Maxell's 4.7GB DVD-R media lineup for General ver.2.0. There are also 9.4GB double sided DVD-R media.

Maxell demonstrates the 4.7GB single-sided DVD-RW discs in compliance with the DVD-RW Ver. 1.1 specifications.

DVD for Video Recording

The following DVD-RAM discs for DVD-RAM Video Recorders conform to DVD-RAM Ver. 2.1 and can store two hours (single-sided) of video in the standard mode (SP). The DVD-R discs for DVD-R Video Recorders conform to DVD-R for General Ver. 2.0 and can store up to 2 hours of video in the standard mode, as well. The DVD-RW discs for Video recorders support the video mode (video format), as well as the VR mode (video recording format). They can record two hours of high-quality digital video in the video mode.

The DVD+RW format is also supported by Maxell, with the 4.7GB single-sided DVD+RW media.

DVD-RAM discs

Maxell offers 4.7GB Ver. 2.1 single-sided and 9.4GB double-sided DVD-RAM media.

27. CMC Magnetics

Cebit 2002 - CMC Magnetic

CD-R media

CMC Magnetics offered various CD-R media supporting up to 40x writing speed.

DVD-RAM discs

Single-sided 4.7GB and double-sided 9.4GB DVD-RAM media.

DVD-R/RW and DVD+RW discs

In the same booth there were 120 min DVD-R media for General/Authoring. Also you could see DVD+RW discs for recording up to 2.4x and 4.7GB DVD-RW discs for video use.

External drives

MP3 Players

28. FujiFilm

Cebit 2002 - FujiFilm

CD-R media

FujiFilm presents the new 24x, 32x and 40x 650MB and 700MB CD-R media.

DVD-R/RW media


DVD-RAM discs

FujiFilm offers 4.7GB Ver. 2.1 single-sided and 9.4GB double-sided DVD-RAM media.

29. Gigastorage

Cebit 2002 - Gigastorage

DVD-R/RW media

DVD-RAM discs

30. Prodisc

Cebit 2002 - Prodisc

CD-R/RW media

DVD media

31. Seagate

Cebit 2002 - Seagate

Hard Disk drives

Tape drives

Seagate demonstrated the Travan internal tape drives mostly for backup use. The data cartridges used as storage media can hold up to 40 Gbytes of compressed data. The supported interfaces are the ATAPI and the SCSI-2, according to the model.

32. Western Digital

Cebit 2002 - Western Digital

Hard Disk drives

33. NEC

Cebit 2002 - NEC

CD-RW drives

NEC NR-9100 is a 40/10/40x ATAPI CD-RW drive with a 2-MB buffer, and NR-7900 is the 24/10/40x proposal of the company.

NEC CD-2800 is a 24x CD-ROM for notebooks. The company also announced a new line of DVD-ROM drives for notebooks.

34. M-Systems

Cebit 2002 - M-Systems

M-Systems presented a new series of Flash Memory Disks, that offer capacities up to 16GB, access time less than 0.02 msec and MTBF that exceeds the 2,000,000 hours. According to the model, the drives support Ultra Wide SCSI, SCSI, ATA/IDE interfaces. Due to the usage of Flash storage technology, the drive is very reliable and is the ideal choice for mass storage solid state disk solution.

35. CyQve

Cebit 2002 - CyQve

Slimline CD-RW/DVD-ROM drives

CQ8088A is a 8/8/24x CD-RW drive with a 2-MB cache buffer and Card Bus / IEEE 1394 / USB interfaces, according to the package. CQ8008D is a slim DVD-ROM drive that supports 8x DVD-ROM and 24x CD-ROM reading speeds.The buffer memory of the drive is 512 Kbytes and the supported interfaces are Card Bus / IEEE 1394 / USB according to the package.

Walkie-Music MP3 Deluxe is a small-sized MP3/Audio CD player with an 8MB SDRAM, LCD display, equalizer and useful control buttons. CyQve also presented a new CD recording and CD/MP3 portable drive. "Walkie-Recorder" writes CD-R at max 4x (Battery mode) and at max 8x (Power adaptor mode). The maximum CD-RW writing speed is the 4x. The drive can be connected through USB 1.1 interface and the max playtime (battery powered) is 90 minutes for MP3 / CD-DA continuous playback & CD burning.

36. Hi-Space

Cebit 2002 - Hi-Space

Hi-Space is a French manufacturer that presented up to 40x certified CD-R media.

Hi-Space also offers DVD-R media

37. Hitachi

Cebit 2002 - Hitachi

Hitachi is broadening the appeal of its DVDcamcorder concept with the launch of three new models, all of which offer DVD-R /DVD-RAM recording compatibility. As it is well known, a DVD-R is a write-once disc that holds 30-minutes of high quality DVD video and can be played back in DVD players and DVD-ROM drives. Hitachi offers the option to use a DVD-RAM disc as the initial rewritable recording medium, edit your footage in your PC (either using USB computer connection plus Hitachi's optional PC editing software, or via a PC DVD-RAM/DVD-ROM drive) and than "burn" back onto DVD-R - via the camcorder - for maximum compatibility.

Users can also select between extended recording time or increased recording quality where the DVD-RAM discs are concerned. They hold a minimum of 40-minutes of the highest quality DVD video (20min/side), one hour of high quality DVD video (30min/side) or two hours of standard quality video. The three new camcorders are the "DZ-MV200E", "DZ-MV230E" and "DZ-MV270E". The "DZ-MV200E" and "DZ-MV230E" will be available in April 2002 while "DZ-MV270E" will be available in July 2002.

38. HP

Cebit 2002 - Hewlett Packard

HP in CeBIT choosen to mainly demonstrate the non-optical storage products, such as printers and scanners. However in the following picture you can see the for company's storage solution for the DVD+R format.


Cebit 2002 - TOSHIBA

Blue Laser Optical Disc Recorder

Toshiba demonstrated the next generation large-capacity (30GB/side) optical disk recording system utilizing Blue Laser. The main advantages of this technology is the capability of recording 3 hours of HD motion pictures as well as the easiness of usage in both PC and AV applications. The wavelength of Blue Laser diode is 405 nm and the media track structure is the original Land and Groove format. The drive you see below is a prototype and you will possibly see the first drives in the market by the end of 2004.

TOSHIBA presented also internal DVD-ROM, CD-RW and desktop combo recorders.

40. Mitsumi

Cebit 2002 - MITSUMI

Mitsumi plans to ship the new CR-480CTE 40/12/40 CD-RW drive which supports a 2MB cache buffer and Mt Reinier format. As for the DVD market, the company offers the DW-7800TE DVD+RW drive. Note that the posted specs may change till the time drive arrives in the market.

41. Panasonic

Cebit 2002 - Panasonic

Panasonic LF-D521 is the new multi drive with DVD-RAM / -RW / -R compatibility and CD/DVD LossLess Linking anti-coaster technology. You should expect the drive till June.

42. Philips

Cebit 2002 - Philips

CD-R / DVD+R/RW media

Philips presented the new line of CD-R media with supported writing speeds up to 48x. There were also available 4.7GB DVD+R and DVD+RW discs.

The following picture is the prototype disc which will be used in the "EasyWrite" logo verification tests by Philips. EasyWrite is the company's trademark given to all the drives which support the Mt Reinier format.

43. Pioneer

Cebit 2002 - Pioneer

Pioneer presented in CeBIT 2002 show, the new DVR-A04 and the stand-alone DVR-7000 series.

44. Primera Technologies

Cebit 2002 - Primera Technologies

Primera showed the already known CD printers SignaturePro, Signature IV, and the Composer, ComposerPro and ComposerMax CD autoloaders line. Primera offers a different alternative solution according to your CD/DVD labeling needs.

45. Sono-Press

Cebit 2002 - Sono Press

Sono Press demonstrated the "FlexCD", a new CD media line which is mainly addressed to the advertising promotion market. The FlexCD is an ultra slim CD medium with flexible structure, ideal for promotion usage in magazines, leaflets and generally everywhere it can be easily attached. The media capacity does not differ from the ordinary CD media but at least for now, the FlexCDs cannot be recorded in your CD-RW drive and the contents should be factory pressed by SonoPress. As for the playback, they can be used at any CD reader with the usage of a plastic adapter, just to manage the mechanical rotation pressures.

The company will be ready to deliver the FlexCDs by September 2002.

46. Adaptec

Cebit 2002 - Adaptec

Adaptec presented the full series of SCSI internal adapters and solutions for portable use.

47. Samsung

Cebit 2002 - Samsung Booth

CD-RW Products


This is a 32x (Z-CLV) CD-RW drive that also supports 10x re-writing and 40x reading speeds. The buffer is 8MB and supports JustLink, "Stable Recording" to improve recording safety and "DVA" (Dynamic Vibration Absorber) to reduce noise and vibration. The access time is 100ms and supports : DAO, TAO, SAO, Multisession and Packet writing. As it seems Samsung drops off OAK Technology chipsets since now it uses "JustLink" as the main buffer underrun protection. Also no sign of Mt. Rainier support, at least for the SW-232.


This is the fastest Samsung recorder and supports 40x writing (Z-CLV), 12x re-writing and 40x reading speeds. The rest specs are the same as with SW-232 and the only change is the support of Mt. Rainier format.



This will be probably the fastest combo drive of the market. It supports 32x writing, 12x re-writing, 40x reading (CD) and 16x reading (DVD). The internal buffer is up to 8MB and includes "JustLink", "Mt. Rainier" and access times of 120ms (DVD), 110ms (CD). Lastly, Samsung made sure that both DVD-R and DVD-RW formats are readable.


This will be probably the fastest slim-line combo drive of the market. It supports 24x writing, 10x re-writing, 24x reading (CD) and 8x reading (DVD). The internal buffer is up to 2MB and includes "JustLink", "Mt. Rainier" and access times of 110ms (DVD), 100ms (CD). Again, Samsung made sure that both DVD-R and DVD-RW formats are readable.

Samsung also demonstrated the above drive rotating during playback DVD movie. The drive was installed in a plastic case since there wasn't any cover. Note the red spot, which is actualy the laser beam of the drive!



Samsung's proposal is based upon Panasonic LF-D311 and supports 1x DVD-R/RAM writing and 2x DVD-RAM, 6x DVD-R and 24x CD reading speeds. The buffer is 1MB (includes Buffer Underrun protection) and can write at 2.6/4.7GB DVD-RAM and at 4.7 DVD-R (for general use).



This a slim-in CD-ROM mainly for notebook computers. It supports 24x reading (CAV) and 120ms access time.

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