Company Now Shipping Industry's
Fastest DVD-ROM Drive
LONG BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS
WIRE)--Sept. 22, 1999--Pioneer New Media Technologies Inc.
announced today the immediate availability of the industry's first
10X DVD-ROM drive. The fastest DVD-ROM drive on the market,
Pioneer's DVD-114/104S offers speeds that are 10 times (max.)
faster than first generation DVD-ROM technology.
The 10X DVD-ROM is compatible with
single and dual layer DVD, DVD-R, CD-ROM and CD-R media,
preserving compatibility with conventional CD formats. Pioneer's
most sophisticated drive to-date, the 10X DVD-ROM's performance is
enhanced by its ability to rapidly access specific data areas. It
offers random seek times of less than 90 msec for DVD-ROM (70 msec
for CD-ROM) and access times less than 100 msec (80 msec for
"By adding rapid access
capabilities to our 10X drive, we've created a high powered
solution based on the increasingly popular DVD standard," said
Paul Dempsey, executive vice president, sales and marketing,
Pioneer New Media Technologies. "With a solid path to future
development and its ability to read legacy media, DVD technology
gives buyers confidence they are making the right choice in a
constantly changing market."
Current versions feature an ATAPI
interface, which supports PIO mode 4, DMA multi-word mode 2 and
Ultra DMA 33. Both slot-load (DVD-104S) and tray-load (DVD-114)
options are available. Ultra SCSI drives will be available in late
Pioneer's slot-in disc mechanism
features a chucking system for safer disc loading and unloading.
The mechanism grips the disc by both edges without touching the
data surfaces and its gentle operation eliminates any risk of
damage. In addition, ejected discs are held in the slot with the
central hole accessible to allow the discs to be removed without
leaving fingerprints on the data surfaces. Both the slot and tray
models provide added flexibility by enabling both horizontal and
Pioneer's DVD-ROM drives feature a
512 KB buffer memory, audio output, a front panel headphone jack
and volume control knob. Compatible with the Windows 9X Plug and
Play standard, the drive is easy to install and use.
The 5.25-inch half-height drives
measure 148x207.5x42.3mm (WxDxH) and weigh 1.0 kg. The drive is
available now through OEM and distribution channels. The estimated
street price is $125 (ATAPI).
Pioneer New Media Technologies
Pioneer New Media Technologies
Inc. is dedicated to bringing the very best of leading-edge
technology to market. Pioneer invented the world's first
multiple-disc CD-ROM changer and offered the first multifunction
optical drive capable of reading and writing to both MO and WORM.
The Optical Division's products include first to market DVD-R and
DVD-ROM drives; CD-ROM drives, changers and jukeboxes; optical
drives; MO, WORM, and DVD-R media for a wide range of storage
solutions in the education, government, legal, banking, medical,
insurance, finance, industrial and general business markets. The
company is a leading supplier of optical drives to the majority of
first tier OEM PC manufacturers. For more information, contact
Pioneer New Media Technologies, Inc. at 2265 E. 220th Street, Long
Beach, Calif. 90810; phone (310) 952-2111 or (800) 444-6784; URL: www.pioneerusa.com.