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.
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:
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
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:
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:
Even the drive is five months old, there is a new retail package
with an "interesting" new logo upon it :-)
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
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
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
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)
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?
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 Super Combo Recorder
The GMA-4020B is actually an OEM version of Panasonic LF-D521...
Blue Laser Video Recorder
The Blue Laser Video Recorder supposed to hit the market somewhere
inside 2003 or maybe even 2004.
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"
Q: However, software programming skills are also essential to develop such
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
- 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...
Cebit 2002 - 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
For the non-CD recording fans, there were two new products, that
are already sold in Japan but not in the rest world.
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
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.
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
Cebit 2002 - BenQ
BenQ (formerly named as Acer), presented a series of CD-RW drives
and CD/DVD media.
a) CD-RW drives
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
For now, BenQ supports only DVD-R and DVD+RW formats. There was
also demonstrated 40x CD-R and 12x CD-RW media:
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 :-)
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...
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.
Cebit 2002 - CSI
CSI is an Italian CDR manufacturer. The company had a full series of CDR and
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.
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.
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.
Cebit 2002 - Maxtor
External HD drives
Maxtor offers durable plastic cases for external hard disk drives. The output
provided interface is IEEE 1394.
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
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.
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
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
"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.
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.
The "X-File" supports 2.5/2.5/8 DVD+RW speeds and 12/10/32 CD-RW
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.
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)
Cebit 2002 - MITSUI
Cebit 2002 - AOPEN
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.
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
AOpen presented 32x and 40x CD-R among with 12x re-writing HS-RW
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
Cebit 2002 - Maxell
Maxell presents the new 32x and 40x 700MB CD-R 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.
Maxell offers 4.7GB Ver. 2.1 single-sided and 9.4GB double-sided
27. CMC Magnetics
Cebit 2002 - CMC Magnetic
CMC Magnetics offered various CD-R media supporting up to 40x
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.
Cebit 2002 - FujiFilm
FujiFilm presents the new 24x, 32x and 40x 650MB and 700MB CD-R
FujiFilm offers 4.7GB Ver. 2.1 single-sided and 9.4GB double-sided
Cebit 2002 - Gigastorage
Cebit 2002 - Prodisc
Cebit 2002 - Seagate
Hard Disk 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
Cebit 2002 - NEC
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Cebit 2002 - Pioneer
Pioneer presented in CeBIT 2002 show, the new DVR-A04 and the stand-alone DVR-7000
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.
Cebit 2002 - Sono Press
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
Cebit 2002 - Adaptec
Adaptec presented the full series of SCSI internal adapters and solutions for
Cebit 2002 - Samsung Booth
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.