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Sony Launches CD-Rewritable Drives with USB and i.LINK Interfaces

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Sony Launches CD-Rewritable Drives with USB and i.LINK Interfaces

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Sony Electronics has announced the release of its first CD-Rewritable drives to incorporate the popular USB (Universal Serial Bus) interface and the emerging i.LINK (IEEE1394) interface. According to the company, the new Spressa USB (CRX100E/X) and Spressa i.LINK (CRXI20E/X) drives offer a combination of performance, functionality, and ease of use for average consumers and corporate end users.

The Spressa USB drive supports quadspeed (4x) recording of CD-R media, double-speed (2x) CD-RW media, and a CD-ROM maximum reading performance of 6x. By using the versatile USB interface, the drive is easily shared between computers, and can even be disconnected and reconnected while the computer is still running. The Spressa USB drive can be used on both Macintosh and Windows computers.

The Spressa i.LINK drive supports 4x recording of CD-R and CD-RW discs, and a CD-ROM maximum reading performance of 24x. i.LINK technology enables maximum performance and allows other multimedia peripherals, including digital video and still cameras, to be daisy-chained simply and easily. Because i.LINK is hotswappable, devices can be attached or removed after the computer has been turned on, making it easy to share the Spressa drive with other systems. The Spressa i.LINK drive for Macintosh systems will be Sony's first offering, with Windows compatibility available in the fall.

"Apple leadership in adopting next-generation I/O such as USB and FireWire (IEEE1394) is encouraging innovative developers to bring out great add-ons for the Macintosh," said Phil Schiller, Apple's vice president of worldwide product marketing. "Sony has been at the forefront in delivering great new USB and IEEE 1394 products, and we think their new CD-Rewritable drive will be a hit with iMac and Power Macintosh G3 computer customers around the world."

According to the company, the Spressa USB drive comes with CD Creation software that offers powerful tools for Macintosh and Windows systems:

* Sony Discribe for the Macintosh creates CD-ROM and CD audio discs, and performs CD-to-CD copies quickly and easily. According to the company, Discribe offers advanced CD authoring tools using an easy-to-navigate interface.

* Sony HotBurn for Windows offers first-time users the easy-to-follow Wizard interface to perform basic CD-authoring functions in a simple, step-by-step process. …

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