Leader in Optical Technology
Gives Users Exceptional Functionality and Smooth Transition from
CD to DVD
WIRE)--July 30, 1999-- The Disk Products Division of Toshiba
America Electronic Components (TAEC), continues to be at the
forefront of optical storage innovation with the introduction of
the first CD-RW drive with DVD-ROM readability.
The first drive to combine these
two technologies, the SD-R1002 drive is the ideal upgrade product,
providing the rewritability of a CD-RW drive with the
high-capacity storage of DVD-ROM. Because of its backward
compatibility and low cost media, the SD-R1002 drive also provides
customers with a sound investment and an effortless transition
from CD to DVD.
"Our customers wanted a
solution that would give them the multimedia and storage
capabilities of DVD-ROM as well as CD rewritability," said Maciek
Brzeski, vice president, marketing, TAEC Disk Products Division.
"The SD-R1002 CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive is the first of its kind to
meet all of those needs, and underscores Toshiba's ability to
deliver innovative, tailored solutions to our customers."
Brought Together Through Toshiba
As a leader in optical storage
products, Toshiba leverages its technology expertise to bring the
SD-R1002 drive to market. The drive combines key technologies from
CD-RW and DVD-ROM including lasers and LSIs from both, as well as
a combination pick-up head. For easy set up and compatibility, the
SD-R1002 drive has an ATAPI interface.
The SD-R1002 drive is built to
give the best performance for data, multimedia and storage
environments. The drive reads CD-RW/CD-R media, which has a
capacity of 650MB and can also read DVD-ROM software, which has a
maximum capacity of 17GB per disc. The drive also features a fast
writing speed of 4X for CD-R and CD-RW, and employs a full 24X
speed maximum playback for CD-ROM and 4X for DVD-ROM.
Designed to Satisfy Today's Needs
and Tomorrow's Demands
Toshiba's new CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive
was designed to provide customers with an easy way to transition
from CD to DVD while satisfying the demand for local backup,
cost-effective data archiving and data interchange. Because the
SD-R1002 drive uses universal technology, it is compatible across
portable computers, desktop systems, workstations and servers. In
addition, optical recording offers a low cost per megabyte, the
longest archive life of any media and is highly durable. Also, it
adheres to the DVD Forum's DVD-ROM specifications.
"CD-RW and DVD-ROM are poised
to be two of the fastest growing technologies over the next few
years," said John Freeman, president, Strategic Marketing
Decisions. "Today, users have to choose between CD-RW
writability or DVD-ROM compatibility. A product that gives them
the functionality of both technologies should be very well
received by the market."
For increased storage capacities,
heightened video and audio playback and faster access to data,
DVD-ROM is the obvious choice. Some of the most popular
applications for DVD-ROM are gaming, interactive software,
software distribution and data storage. DVD-ROM drives are
backward compatible with all CD technology and have a planned
growth path that will lead to future generations of DVD products
to support users' needs well into the future. CD-RW provides users
with a cost-effective way to record and playback digital quality
sound and video, or to rewrite and backup data onto CD-RW or CD-R
media. These drives satisfy many individual and business needs
such as software distribution, back-up, recording or playing
personalized CD-audio disks and running CD-ROM applications. Like
DVD-ROM, CD-RW is a sound investment because of its compatibility
with CD-R and CD-ROM. CD-RW and CD-R media can also be read by
other CD-ROM drives, making it a viable replacement for floppy
The SD-R1002 is a half-height
drive that fits into all standard desktop computer drive bays. The
drive measures 146mm (w) x 41.5mm (h) x 193mm (d).
Pricing and Availability
The SD-R1002 drive will be sold
primarily to value-added resellers, system integrators and
distributors. The drives are available now in sample quantities
and will begin shipping in volume in September. Pricing is not
available at this time.
The drive will also be available
as part of a kit which will include supporting hardware and
software. The kit will be available in October. Suggested list
price of the SD-R1002 kit will be less than $400.
Disk Products Division
TAEC Disk Products Division leads
the market in the development, design and manufacturing of
DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM and CD-ROM and CD-RW drives and 2.5-inch hard
disk drives. The Disk Products Division markets high quality
peripherals to original equipment manufacturers, value-added
resellers, value-added dealers, systems integrators and
distributors in the United States. Inherent in the company's
product line is the high-quality engineering and manufacturing
which has established Toshiba products as worldwide leaders.
Toshiba America Electronic
Components Inc. (TAEC) is the North American design,
manufacturing, marketing and sales arm of Toshiba Corp., a global
technology innovator. TAEC is recognized as a leading supplier of
semiconductor, electronic component and storage solutions. The
company delivers technology solutions that enable OEMs to develop
advanced integrated products for the computing, networking,
communications and digital consumer markets. In fact, its
technology offerings account for more than 30 percent of the total
possible components used in desktop and portable computers. By
continuing to develop leading-edge solutions that cost-effectively
meet the emerging needs of the design engineering community, TAEC
keeps its customers in touch with tomorrow. For additional
information, visit TAEC's Web site at http://www.diskproducts.toshiba.com.
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