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.