With read/write support for all DVD Forum recordable DVD specifications and read/write support for CD-R/RW discs, Panasonic's DVDBurnerII will have broad appeal among consumers, businesses and professionals. According to Berzin, the drive will not only allow computer makers to meet the needs of a wide range of users, but can provide consumers flexibility that can help users achieve substantial savings.
"Whether purchasing at retail to upgrade existing units or to customize a new computer, Panasonic's DVDBurnerII offers consumers backward compatibility and a proven solution for all their current and future storage needs," said Charles Vidal, Product Manager for Panasonic-brand retail computer drives. "It's a true, all-in-one product that bridges formats, capacities and applications."
To illustrate the drive's DVD/CD storage flexibility, higher performance and cross-device interoperability, Panasonic will demonstrate the DVDBurnerII drive during TECHXNY/PC Expo in New York City June 25-27 at the Recordable DVD Council Pavilion, Booth #2422.
Panasonic's DVDBurnerII is fully compliant with the DVD Forum's DVD Multi specifications. The specifications ensure disc compatibility for all recordable DVD formats established by the more than 200-member DVD Forum--both for consumer electronics products and personal computers. In addition to reading and writing DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, CD-R and CD-RW discs, the DVDBurnerII can also play DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio and CD-ROM discs.
When writing to a 4.7GB DVD-R General disc, the new drive achieves speeds of up to 2x, with DVD-R playback at 6x. Reasonably priced and readily available, the write-once DVD-R is considered the most compatible of all DVD formats. The discs can be played back by most of the DVD video players and DVD-ROM drives in use throughout the world today. With huge storage capacity, reliable data management and rewritability up to 100,000 times, DVD-RAM discs are optimally suited for PC applications. The discs' write speed is 2x, equivalent to at least 18x CD rate. Smaller files can be stored on low-cost 650MB CD-Rs at up to 12x speed or on CD-RW discs at up to 8x speed. CD playback is at 32x. To ensure error-free CD recording, Panasonic's new multifunction drive includes buffer under-run technology.
The Panasonic brand DVDBurnerII drives will begin shipping in October 2002 and, like the continuing DVD-RAM/R DVDBurner, will be available for resale at retail or OEM applications. The Panasonic brand DVD BurnerII drive for retail sale will be priced at less than $500.