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Plextor Introduces Industry's First Professional-Quality SlimLine CD-RW Drive

PlexWriter 8/8/24A SlimLine Delivers High Performance and Rugged Reliability to Users of Portable and Legacy-Free Computers

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July, 9, 2001-- Plextor Corp., a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance CD-related equipment and software, today announced the immediate availability of the PlexWriter(TM) 8/8/24A SlimLine CD-RW drive. The new PlexWriter drive breaks new ground as Plextor's first product offering in a slimline form factor and the industry's first slimline drive to deliver professional-level speed and performance.

The internal PlexWriter SlimLine measures just 12.7mm in thickness and weighs 0.62 lbs. Now end-users can benefit from Plextor's award winning CD-RW drive platform in a form factor that fits inside portable laptop-computers, information appliances, and legacy-free desktop PCs where space is at a premium. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) of these systems can now build the performance and reliability of a Plextor drive into their products.

The PlexWriter SlimLine offers 3-in-1 functionality with 8X CD-recording, 8X CD-rewriting, and 24X max CD-playback. It also features BURN-Proof(TM) (buffer underrun-proof) technology, which ensures fault-tolerant CD burning. BURN-Proof prevents errors from occurring when data flow to the drive is interrupted during the recording process. This error-reducing technology makes CD-recording more practical by allowing users to surf the Web, download files, and utilize other applications while recording CDs in the background.

"The new PlexWriter SlimLine is a groundbreaking CD-RW drive because it's the first to combine 8X recording speeds and professional features like BURN-Proof with a radically smaller form factor that fits inside a notebook computer," said Howard Wing, vice president of sales and marketing for Plextor. "Although the SlimLine is smaller and lighter, it is designed and manufactured with the same world-class quality standards as conventional 5.25-inch PlexWriter drives, so end users will see the same high levels of durability and reliability."

PlexWriter 8/8/24A SlimLine CD-RW Drive

Based on an award winning CD-RW drive platform, the PlexWriter 8/8/24A SlimLine lets users write, rewrite, and read compact discs at a variety of speeds. It records CD-R discs at 8X (1.2 MB/sec), 4X (600 KB/sec), or 2X (300 KB/sec) speeds. CD-RW media can be rewritten at 8X (1.2 MB/sec), 4X (600 KB/sec), or 2X (300 KB/sec). Discs are played back at speeds ranging from 4X (600 KB/sec) to 24X (3.6 MB/sec).

The drive features an E-IDE (ATAPI-4) interface and Windows 98/2000/NT/ME Plug & Play compatibility, making installation fast and easy. With a data buffer capacity of 2 MB, average random access time is a very fast 140ms and burst transfer rates are 16.6 MB/second (PIO Mode 4/DMA Mode 2). The drive supports a wide variety of writing modes, including Track-at-Once, Disc-at-Once, Session-at-Once, Multisession, and variable/fixed packet writing.

Complete Suite of Software

An optional software package for the PlexWriter 8/8/24A includes several valuable applications for an enhanced "out-of-the-box" customer experience. Plextor Manager 2000(TM) is a comprehensive suite of 32-bit software utilities that allows users to control audio management, playback, recording, and drive settings:

Music Video Producer 2000 (MVP2000(TM)) handles playback of music and video files. This CD-DA and digital A/V player can be used to create a digital jukebox and customized playlists for MP3, WMA, WAV files and CD audio tracks. Once the user has created individual playlists, recording an audio CD from the playlist is as simple as a mouse click. The resulting audio or CD TEXT discs can be played on home, car, portable, or PC CD players. A link to the Internet CDDB database from MVP 2000 supplies album, song, and artist information during playback for most commercially available CDs.

DiscDupe 2000(TM) allows users to backup CDs directly to the PlexWriter 8/8/24A with "bit-by-bit" accuracy using the Session-at-Once recording method. Audio Capture 2000(TM) allows users to capture audio tracks from the CD to the hard disk as WAV files or to encode tracks as Windows Media Audio (WMA) files. A track selection window shows at a glance all necessary information about the source disc. Single or multiple tracks can be extracted at once. Audio Capture 2000 supports sampling rates of 44 kHz, 22 kHz, and 11 kHz, 8-bit or 16-bit resolution, and stereo or monaural sound for WAV and 64kbit or 128kbit rates for WMA files. With CDDB support in Audio Capture 2000, WMA files are encoded with song, artist, and album information as part of the file.

AudioFS(TM) displays audio CDs to operating systems and applications as WAV files. It eliminates the need to store large files on a hard disk, allowing applications to access the tracks from the audio CD directly through AudioFS. AudioFS allows easy drag and drop of audio tracks to a hard disk for a simple and quick audio extraction to WAV format. It also allows fast and easy encoding of WAV files to a number of compression formats, such as MP3, WMA, and Real Audio, with third party software.

Pricing and Availability

The internal PlexWriter 8/8/24A SlimLine with E-IDE (ATAPI-4) interface is currently shipping to OEMs, resellers, and distributors with a $249 manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP).

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