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Yamaha Introduces Industry's First 20X CD Recorder With Dual Interface

- Newest Member of LightSpeed2(TM) Family of CD-RW Recorders Allows User to Choose Between Ultra SCSI or E-IDE Interface -

BUENA PARK, Calif., July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Yamaha Electronics Corporation announces the introduction of the industry's first 20X internal ReWritable CD recorder with a "Dual Interface" design, giving the consumer the choice of using either an E-IDE (ATAPI) or SCSI interface.

The CRW2200SZ is capable of recording on CD-R discs at a top speed of 20X, writing a full CD in under four minutes; rewriting CD-RW discs at a top speed of 10X; and reading CDs at a sustained maximum rate of 40X. In addition, the CRW2200SZ allows users to rip audio CDs at a maximum speed of 40X-up to 66 percent faster than conventional CD-RW recorders currently in the marketplace -- allowing digital audio extraction of a 74-minute audio disc in less than three minutes.

"Yamaha introduces yet another industry first," states Allen H. Gharapetian, general manager, Multimedia Products Division, Yamaha Electronics Corporation. "With 'Dual Interface,' consumers remain versatile!"

The Yamaha CRW2200SZ's "Dual Interface" allows the consumer to choose between installing the drive with either an Ultra SCSI or E-IDE (ATAPI) interface. Yamaha provides the ultimate in convenience, allowing consumers who have a SCSI setup to switch to E-IDE -- or vice versa -- as they upgrade their computers or switch from one type of PC to the other, keeping all their options open.

Yamaha provides an exclusively designed SCSI converter that attaches to the default E-IDE interface and converts it to an Ultra SCSI (SCSI-3) interface, if desired. Also packaged with the drive are E-IDE and SCSI ribbon cables to facilitate installation and a simple instruction sheet, guiding people on how to install the converter. The installation can be done in about a minute. The estimated street price of the CRW2200SZ is $299.99 and it is currently shipping.

Like other members of the CRW2200 LightSpeed2(TM) family, CRW2200SZ also takes advantage of the Partial Constant Angular Velocity (P-CAV) technology, a combination of CAV and standard Constant Linear Velocity (CLV) technology, for optimum performance. The CAV recording method keeps the disc rotation speed constant while adjusting the data transfer rate depending upon which portion of the disc is being recorded.

"Unlike other high-speed CD-RW recorders, our LightSpeed2(TM) recorders do not compromise quality for speed," says Gharapetian. "By employing Partial CAV, our CRW2200SZ maintains a constant and controlled rotation speed during recording to the inner tracks on the disc. This significantly reduces vibration that prevents data corruptions."

In addition to utilizing conventional CLV recording at 2X, 4X, 8X, and 10X in rewriting mode, the CRW2200SZ also supports the 4X-10X CAV mode. This permits high-speed random writing/reading of data and realizes floppy disk-like ease of operation using packet writing.

Yamaha CRW2200SZ also benefits from the Yamaha SafeBurn(TM) System with its exclusive Triple Protection Architecture(TM). The SafeBurn System provides the new recorders with an advanced buffer underrun control system, an 8MB buffer and Yamaha's Optimum Write Speed Control(TM) which, by checking a disc's capability and the recording conditions, allows this LightSpeed2 recorder to automatically select the optimum writing speed to further improve reliability.

With SafeBurn(TM) advanced buffer underrun control technology, if data transfer is delayed and memory in the buffer drops below a critical level, recording is suspended until the buffer has regained sufficient memory, after which the recording restarts virtually seamlessly from the point at which it was suspended.

While most buffer underrun protection systems prevent buffer underrun errors, the frequent activation of such systems would normally extend the time required for the completion of disc writing and could affect the disc's reliability. The LightSpeed2(TM) recorders are equipped with an 8MB buffer memory-four times larger than that of its competitors-to ensure stable and efficient recording, and to minimize the incidence of suspension of recording caused by buffer underrun.

In pursuit of perfecting reliability, Yamaha has also equipped the CRW2200SZ with an award-winning new software suite for both IBM and Macintosh compatibles, designed to enhance CRW2200SZ's superfast write/rewrite and audio ripping abilities. The new CD Mastering software included in CRW2200SZ includes Ahead Software's award-winning Nero 5.5(TM), along with the new InCD(TM) for packet writing, NeroMIX(TM) for audio ripping, Nero Wave Editor for audio file editing, and Nero Utility kit(TM) to troubleshoot other components of the system including CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drives used for digital audio extraction. All U.S. retail pack LightSpeed2(TM) recorders also feature Adobe's PhotoDeluxe 4.0 and Adobe ActiveShare digital imaging products. Also included is Neato MediaFace II for label printing and MusicMatch software, which includes an audio ripper, MP3/CD player software and several other useful functions.

Other members of Yamaha's new LightSpeed2(TM) family include the internal CRW2200EZ using E-IDE (ATAPI) interface with a street price of $249.99 is now shipping; the external CRW2200SXZ using Ultra SCSI interface with a street price of $349.99 will ship early August; the external CRW2200FXZ using IEEE 1394 FireWire(TM) with a street price of $379.99 will ship mid-September; and the external CRW2200UXZ using USB 2.0 model with a street price of $379.99 will ship mid-October.

The FireWire(TM) and USB 2.0 connection provides super simple installation, reliable performance and fast recording speeds. All models are compatible with IBM PC. The external drives are also compatible with Macintosh computers.

SOURCE: Yamaha Electronics Corporation

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