NEW YORK (06/28/2000) - Each day more and more of us are turning to CD-Rewritable (CD-RW) drives, for storing everything from MP3 files and digital photos to documents that absolutely need to be backed up.
So it's good news that CD-RW write speeds are improving. At the PC Expo, TEAC America Inc. pushed those speeds even higher.
TEAC introduced a new 12X10X32 CD-RW drive, which will ship in September. (If you're not familiar with CD-RW specs, here's the scoop: This CD-RW drive will write at 12X (CD-R), rewrite at 10X (CD-RW) and playback at 32X (CD-ROM) speeds.) TEAC says the drive has an 85ms average access time and 4MB data buffer. The company's fastest CD-RW drive product today is a 4X4X32 device.
Pricing has not yet been set for the new product, but it's likely to be about US$300.
Upcoming 4.7GB DVD-RAM drives have earned a lot of industry buzz lately. But since DVD-RAM drives are checking in at prices more like $1000 and are still struggling with compatibility problems, CD-RW drives make the most sense for people who need affordable storage. The improved write speeds of the CD-RW drives make them even more convenient.
The TEAC drive will come in IDE/ATAPI and Fast SCSI-2 versions. TEAC also announced a $249 external USB CD-RW drive, based on the 4x4x32 IDE drive already shipping. This USB drive is available immediately.