Las Vegas

A host of new devices that push the envelope on data storage speed and capacity were on display at the Comdex Fall 2001 technology exposition here.

In what it said is a world first, Pioneer Electronics Inc. launched a combination DVD/CD recordable drivethe DVR-A03aimed at digital video recording and data archiving applications.

According to Long Beach, Calif.-based Pioneer, the new drive reads four recordable formats–DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R and CD-RW. It also offers up to 4.7 gigabytes (GB) of storage capacity per DVD disc side. The new drive is capable of recording DVD-R discs at twice the normal speed.

DVD-R is a write-once format compatible with most DVD players and DVD drives, the company explained. DVD-RW is a re-recordable format that allows users to record, erase and re-record their own DVD discs more than 1,000 times.

Product specifications for the new drive include 2X (two times normal music CD speed) recording speed for DVD-R, 1X for DVD-RW, 8X for CD-R and 4X for CD-RW, said Pioneer. Read speeds are 4X for DVD-ROM and 24X for CD-ROM.

The new drive is priced at $649, Pioneer said. Further details are available at www.pioneerelectronics.com.

Speed was also the key for two new internal storage products from Acer Communications & Multimedia America Inc. The Acer DVP 1648A has the fastest data transfer rate on the market, Acer claimed, with 16X DVD-ROM and 48X CD-ROM. The 2410A is Acers fastest internal CD-RW drive, with speeds of 24X write, 10X rewrite and 40X read.

According to City of Industry, Calif.-based Acer, the DVP 1648A also offers “a low vibration mechanism,” low noise design and DVD playback software.

The 2410A features a 2MB buffer, anti-vibration system, emergency eject, dust protection design and compatibility with Microsoft Windows 2000, 9x, NT 4, ME and XP.

The units are currently shipping at manufacturers suggested retail prices of $99 for the DVP 1648A and $149 for the 2410A, said Acer. Details are available at www.acercm.com.

Meanwhile, Vivastar announced that it would begin shipping DVD-R storage media in December.

Vivastar, based in Zug, Switzerland, said its 4.7GB DVD media features exclusive in-house “metalized” dye and manufacturing techniques, resulting in “superior burn-in and playback.”

“Vivastar is aggressively addressing DVD as the new platform of choice for all kinds of general purpose, storage-intensive consumer and professional uses, from movies and video/audio archival to data warehousing and graphics/photo storage,” said Adrian Garulay, president and CEO of Vivastar USA.

The new DVD-R media can accommodate 120 minutes of high-quality video material, and can be written to at 1X or 2X speeds, the company noted. Estimated street price is $11 each. More information is available at www.vivastar.com.

Memorex Products, Inc. announced that it will expand its product line by offering DVD+RW media.

According to Santa Fe Springs, Calif.-based Memorex, the DVD+RW format recorders or “burners” are being planned by Phillips, Sony, HP, Ricoh, Dell and Yamaha, among others. The +RW DVD format is based on CD-RW technology. DVD+RW drives can read DVD-ROM, audio CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R and DVD-RW formatted media.

Memorex said that most home DVD players and computer DVD-ROM players would be able to play back DVD+RW discs.

“DVD+RW media can be reliably rewritten 1,000 times and have an expected archive shelf life of 30 years,” stated Memorex.

“Just as we replaced the floppy disk with a CD-ROM and then a CD-R and then CD-RW, we will evolve to a recordable DVD/CD-RW drive,” said Michael Golacinski, president of Memorex.

The new blank media singles are available at a suggested retail price of $19.99, said Memorex. The companys Web site is www.memorex.com.

QPS, Inc. announced what it said are the first “super-fast” 32X CD-RW drives for PCs and Macs that meet both USB 2.0 and FireWire standards. USB ports are used to connect peripheral devicessuch as a mouse, modem or keyboardto a computer. FireWire is a high-speed serial bus that allows for the connection of up to 63 devices (It is also called the IEEE 1394 standard.).

The Que! USB 2.0 CD-RW and Que! Fire CD-RW drives were scheduled to being shipping in December, said Anaheim, Calif.-based QPS. Both driveswith 32X CD-R, 10X CD-RW and 40X CD-ROM speedscan burn a 650MB disc in approximately 2.3 minutes for a 74-minute CD.

Rewriting on the new drives is at 10X, and the drives can also read and write data on CD-R and CD-RW media, said QPS.

“Ample 4MB of buffer RAM supports application flexibility and [is] ideal fordesktop publishing and data archiving,” the company noted. “Plug and play compatibility allows users to quickly install the drives and start using them right out of the box.”

Included with the new drives is CD-R and CD-RW media, cables, a carrying bag “and all necessary accessories,” said QPS. MSRP is $299 for the 32X Que! USB 2.0 CD-RW and $249 for the 32X Que! FireWire CD-RW. Further information can be found at www.qps-inc.com.

QPS also introduced the 120GB Que! UltraSlim Hard Drive, a high-speed drive that connects to any FireWire port at speeds up to 7,200 rpm. The drive is available for both PCs and Macs.

The new drive includes conversion software (PC only) that permits users to convert footage from camcorders into DVD-MPEG-2 files, which can be edited in real time and played on any PC or standard DVD player, said QPS.

MSRP for this product is $499, the company added.


Reproduced from National Underwriter Life & Health/Financial Services Edition, January 21, 2002. Copyright 2002 by The National Underwriter Company in the serial publication. All rights reserved.Copyright in this article as an independent work may be held by the author.


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