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Sony's New Line of High Performance CD-RW Drives are Ready to Burn

Spressa CD-RW Drives Provide 10X Speed for Fast, Practical Recording of Video, Audio and Data Files

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 20, 2000--Sony Electronics is expanding its Spressa(TM) CD-ReWritable (CD-RW) line with four new drives that record at an incredible 10X (CD-R) maximum speed, allowing 650MB CDs to be recorded in as little as seven minutes.

The high-speed capabilities of these new drives make them ideal for the corporate, professional, small office/home office and consumer users who need to store and manage digital images, digital video, text and data quickly and easily. By incorporating user-friendly software packages, the Spressa drives can create powerful, yet cost effective storage solutions to suit both consumers and professionals.

These new drives -- the Spressa i.LINK® (CRX145E/XI) external drive, the Spressa Professional external SCSI (CRX145S/XS), the Spressa Professional internal EIDE (CRX145E/CH) and the Spressa Professional internal SCSI (CRX145S/C) -- all support high-speed 10X maximum recording for CD-R, 4X maximum recording for CD-RW and 32X maximum for reading. All four drives will be available next month.

``In the past 18 months, we have seen a tremendous surge in the popularity of CD-RW-based products with consumers, and the demand is increasing each month,'' said Robert DeMoulin, marketing manager of Value Added Products for Sony Electronics' Computer Components & Peripherals Division. ``Whether making a permanent record of family photos from the last vacation or making copies of a baby's first steps from digital video to share with family and friends, Sony's new line of CD-RW drives offer a complete package of fast, reliable hardware with easy to use software all at an affordable price.''

Along with the new line of 10X (max.) drives, Sony will continue to offer its popular 4X (max.) recording Spressa CD-RW drives at reduced pricing.

The Spressa USB Plus (CRX100E/X2) external drive supports quad speed (4X) maximum CD-RW recording and comes with CD Extreme(TM) (Windows) software, Discribe(TM) CD Creation (Macintosh) software, abCD (Windows) software, Spressa Play & Record software, Retrospect® Express software (Windows and Macintosh) and MixMan® Studio software. It is currently available for $299(a).

The Spressa Value (CRX140E/CH2) internal EIDE drive supports 8X maximum recording (CD-R), 4X maximum recording (CD-RW) and 32X maximum reading, comes with CD Extreme (Windows) software and abCD (Windows) software and will be available next month for $249(a).

Spressa i. LINK CD-RW Drive

For consumers and ``prosumers'' who want IEEE-1394 connectivity, speed and performance, Sony's Spressa i.LINK (CRX145E/XI) model is a 10X maximum recording (CD-R), 4X maximum recording (CD-RW), 32X maximum reading external drive, incorporating Sony's i.LINK (IEEE1394) high-speed interface, as well as a full suite of Macintosh® and Windows® software. The i.LINK interface allows other multimedia peripherals, including digital video and still cameras, to be daisy-chained with the CD-RW drive, creating a complete DV ``production suite'' for burning digital video, still images or audio files. Additionally, because i.LINK technology is ``hot plugable,'' devices can be attached or removed after the computer has been turned on, making it simple to share the CD-RW drive with other systems.

The Spressa i.LINK drive comes bundled with Discribe CD Creation software (Macintosh), CD Extreme(TM) (Windows) software, as well as abCD (Windows), Retrospect Express (Windows and Macintosh), and Mixman Studio. The drive is compatible with Windows® 98 Second Edition and Mac®OS 8.6 or higher platforms.

Spressa Professional External SCSI CD-RW Drive

The Spressa Professional (CRX145S/XS) is a high performance external drive that incorporates the popular SCSI-based interface. This drive records at a rapid 10X maximum speed (CD-R), 4X maximum (CD-RW), 32X maximum reading. The SCSI interface offers easy and fast connectivity for both PC and Macintosh users. The drive also comes with two built in SCSI connectors for simple ``daisy-chaining'' of the drive between multiple systems.

The CRX145S/XS comes bundled with a comprehensive software package including Spressa Professional Software suite which includes Discribe CD Creation software (Macintosh), CD Extreme for Windows, abCD for Windows, Retrospect Express for Windows and Macintosh, and Mixman Studio for Windows and Macintosh.

Spressa Professional SCSI & EIDE CD-RW Drives

Sony's Spressa Professional SCSI (CRX145S/C) and Professional EIDE (CRX145E/CH) are designed as a CD-RW kit for the home and corporate users who want to burn their own CDs using exceptional speed, performance and reliability. The drives offer 10X maximum recording (CD-R), 4X maximum recording (CD-RW), 32X maximum reading and are available in an internal SCSI-2 or internal EIDE (ATAPI) interface. The Spressa Professional drives come with high performance recording software, Sony CD Complete Pro and are compatible with Windows® 95/98/2000 or Windows NT® 4.0 systems.

Sony's CD Complete Pro offers a robust and feature-intensive applications for Windows-based systems. This package also comes with an integrated product installer that gives users an easy path for choosing which software they prefer to install on their PC. Software includes:

-    CD Extreme software allows users to create CD-ROMs, audio CDs and
     back-ups of their favorite CDs and CD-ROMs.

-    Sony abCD lets users drag-and-drop files and folders to CD-RW
     discs as easily as to a floppy or hard drive.

-    Spressa Play & Record allows users to listen to their favorite
     CDs while archiving files, documents or digital images.

-    MixMan Studio offers non-musicians the ability create
     professional multimedia audio CDs with an easy-to-use interface.

-    Retrospect Express offers full featured back up with disaster
     recovery.

In addition, a new service has been added for customers who have previously purchased or plan to purchase any of the new Spressa CD-RW drives with CD Extreme software. Spressa users will have access to a new web site, ``Spressa News & Marketplace,'' for information on new CD-RW models, updates on new software versions, technology tips on how to use the products and special promotions on hardware, software and audio files. All of these services will be available next month only to Spressa customers through software that's bundled with the new drives. For users who currently own a Spressa CD-RW drive with CD Extreme software, please visit Sony's web site, www.sony.com/spressa to receive the latest software update.

Warranty, Pricing and Availability

Sony supports worry-free installation and easy operation with toll-free customer and technical service, Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., along with a one-year limited warranty from date of purchase.

     Spressa Professional CRX145S/XS

-    External SCSI Interface

-    10X recording (CD-R), 4X recording (CD-RW), 32X (max.) reading

-    Drive dimensions: 10.1" x 7.5" x 2.4" (L x W x H)

-    Sustained Data Transfer Rates:
      - 150 kB/s Mode 1 (1X, read/write)
      - 300 kB/s Mode 1 (2X, read/write)
      - 600 kB/s Mode 1 (4X, read/write)
      - 1,200 kB/s Mode 1 (8X, read/write)
      - 1,500 kB/s Mode 1 (10X CD-R write)
      - 4,800 kB/s Mode 1(32X, CAV reading max.)

-    Burst data transfer rate:
-    3.0 Mbps (Asynchronous SCSI)
-    5.0 Mbps (Synchronous SCSI)

-    Random access time: 150 ms

-    Buffer memory: 4 Mb

-    Recording method: Disc at Once, Track at Once, Multisession,
     Fixed and Variable Packet Writing

-    MTBF: 100,000 POH

-    Availability - April

-    ESP - $379(a)

     Spressa i.LINK CRX145E/XI Drive

-    External i.LINK Interface

-    10X recording (CD-R), 4X recording (CD-RW), 32X (max.) reading

-    Drive dimensions: 10.1" x 7.5" x 2.4" (L x W x H)

-    Sustained Data Transfer Rates:
          - 150 kB/s Mode 1 (1X, read/write)
          - 300 kB/s Mode 1 (2X, read/write)
          - 600 kB/s Mode 1 (4X, read/write)
          - 1,200 kB/s Mode 1 (8X, read/write)
          - 1,500 kB/s Mode 1 (10X CD-R write)
          - 4,800 kB/s Mode 1(32X, CAV reading max.)

-    Burst data transfer rate: 400 Mbps

-    Random access time: 150 ms

-    Buffer memory: 4 Mb

-    Recording method: Disc at Once, Track at Once, Multisession,
     Fixed and Variable Packet Writing

-    MTBF: 100,000 POH

-    Availability - April

-    ESP - $399(a)

     Spressa Professional (SCSI)
        CRX145S/C Drive

-    Internal SCSI Interface

-    10X recording (CD-R), 4X recording (CD-RW), 32X (max.) reading

-    Drive dimensions: 5.75" x 1.63" x 8" (L x W x H)

-    Sustained Data Transfer Rates:
      - 150 kB/s Mode 1 (1X, read/write)
      - 300 kB/s Mode 1 (2X, read/write)
      - 600 kB/s Mode 1 (4X, read/write)
      - 1,200kB/s Mode 1 (8X CD-R read/write)
      - 1,500kB/s Mode 1 (10X CD-R write)
      - 4,800 kB/s Mode 1 (32X, CAV reading max.)

-    Burst data transfer rate:
-    3.0 Mbs (Asynchronous SCSI)
-    5.0 Mbs (Synchronous SCSI)

-    Random access time: 150 ms

-    Buffer memory: 4 Mb

-    Recording method: Disc at Once, Track at Once, Multisession,
     Fixed and Variable Packet Writing

-    MTBF: 100,000 POH

-    Availability - April

-    ESP - $329(a)

     Spressa Professional (EIDE)
        CRX145E/CH Drive

-    Internal EIDE interface

-    10X recording (CD-R), 4X recording (CD-RW), 32X (max.) reading

-    Drive dimensions: 5.75" x 1.63" x 8" (L x W x H)

-    Sustained Data Transfer Rates:
           - 150 kB/s Mode 1 (1X, read/write)
           - 300 kB/s Mode 1 (2X, read/write)
           - 600 kB/s Mode 1 (4X, read/write)
           - 1,200kB/s Mode 1 (8X CD-R read/write)
           - 1,500kB/s Mode 1 (10X CD-R write)
           - 4,800 kB/s Mode 1 (32X, CAV reading max.)

-    Burst data transfer rate: 16.7Mbs

-    Random access time: 150 ms

-    Buffer memory: 4 Mb

-    Recording method: Disc at Once, Track at Once, Multisession,
     Fixed and Variable Packet Writing

-    MTBF: 100,000 POH

-    Availability - April

-    ESP - $299(a)

(a)  Estimated U.S. retail selling prices. Actual prices may vary.

Sony Electronics Inc. Background: Based in San Jose, the Value Added Products Division of Sony Electronics' Computer Components and Peripherals Division markets storage solutions through commercial distribution, industrial distribution, VARs, retail and reseller channels. For additional information about Sony storage products, call (800) 352-7669 or visit Sony's World Wide Web site at http://www.sony.com/storagebysony.




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