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Pioneer Unveils 10xdvd-ROM Drive, Ships FlexLibrary

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Pioneer Unveils 10xdvd-ROM Drive, Ships FlexLibrary

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Pioneer New Media Technologies, Inc. has announced the availability of its lOx DVD-ROM drive. Pioneer's DVD- I 14/104S offers speeds that are 10 times (maximum) faster than first-generation DVD-ROM technology, according to the company. Pioneer has also announced the release of DRM7000 FlexLibrary, a modular jukebox with advanced snap-in design.

10x DVD-ROM Drive

The 10x DVD-ROM is compatible with single- and dual-layer DVD, DVD-R, CDROM, and CD-R media, preserving compatibility with conventional CD formats. Pioneer's most sophisticated drive to date, according to the announcement, the IN DVD-ROM's performance is enhanced by its ability to rapidly access specific data areas. It offers random seek times of less than 90 ms for DVD-ROM (70 ms for CD-ROM) and access times less than 100 ms (80 ms for CD-ROM).

"By adding rapid-access capabilities to our I Ox drive, we've created a high-powered solution based on the increasingly popular DVD-standard," said Paul Dempsey, executive vice president of sales and marketing of 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 by the end of the year.

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 vertical mounting.

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, according to the company. …

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