|Plextor Europe, one of the world's leading manufacturers of CD-ROM drives and CD-ReWritable drives is expanding its range with the PlexWriter 12/10/32A, which writes CDís at 12-speed, rewrites at 10-speed and reads at 32-speed.
The PlexWriter 12/10/32A uses the new BURN-Proof Technology. BURN-Proof stands for Buffer UnderRuN proof.
One of the biggest problems when recording CDs is that the media can be destroyed, and this is known as buffer underrun. Buffer underrun is caused when the PC cannot deliver data quickly enough as it records the CD. This is why the CD-Recorder has to store a certain amount of data in the buffer at the start. This buffer steps in when there are small interruptions in the data flow from the PC. Under normal conditions the data buffer should always be capable of containing enough information to guarantee smooth recording. Buffer underruns occur when the content of the data buffer is smaller than the recording capacity of the CD-Recorder.
So how does BURN-Proof work?
Once the CD-Recorder starts recording it constantly checks the buffer status. Just before a buffer underrun occurs the CD-Recorder stops recording from a given location on the CD.
In the meantime the CD-Recorder tries to get more information from the PC, and to re-fill the buffer. Once the buffer is refilled the CD-Recorder starts recording again from the exact position where it left off.
The PlexWriter 12/10/32A will be available in the market from beginning of June 2000 as Retail kit and Bulk version.
The Retail Kit contains: PlexWriter 12/10/32A ,1 blank CD-R disk, 1 blank CD-R/W disk, CD-Recording software WinOnCD + PacketCD + BackMeUp (backup software), Plextools (Plextor Utility Software), manual in 12 languages, screws, E-IDE (ATAPI) cable, audio cable.
The Bulk version contains: PlexWriter 12/10/32A, Plextools (Plextor Utility Software), manual in 12 languages, screws, E-IDE (ATAPI) cable, audio cable.
Moreover this product also falls under Plextor's special "On-site Collect & Return Service" whereby the end user, dealer or distributor can return the product free of charge in the event of a defect.