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Pioneer Announces Industry's First Combination DVD-Recordable/re-Recordable Drive

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Pioneer Announces Industry's First Combination DVD-Recordable/re-Recordable Drive

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Pioneer New Media Technologies, Inc. has announced the development of what it says is the world's first combination recordable DVD/CD drive for PC use. The thirdgeneration drive reads and writes four recordable formats including DVD-R (write once), DVD-RW (re-recordable), CD-R, and CD-RW, and offers up to 4.7 GB of storage capacity per DVD side. In addition, the new drive is capable of recording DVD-R discs at twice normal speed (2x)-another industry first, according to the company. The new unit will begin shipping to the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) market during the first quarter of this year.

The DVD-R and DVD-RW formats are members of the DVD Forum's family of DVD specifications. DVD-R is a writeonce format that is compatible with most DVD Video players and DVD-ROM drives, and DVD-RW is a re-recordable format that allows users to record, erase, and rerecord their own DVD discs more than 1,000 times.

"The driving force behind both DVDR and DVD-RW has always been compatibility with standard DVD playback systems," said Andy Parsons, senior vice president of product development and technical support at Pioneer New Media Technologies, Inc. …

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