Sony Introduces First 20X Ultra Slim Portable CD-RW and DVD-ROM Combo Drive

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Sony Electronics today expanded its desktop storage portfolio with the introduction of two stylish ultra-slim portable CD-RW and DVD-ROM Combo drives. The new combo drives can connect easily to a notebook, PC or Macintosh® computer for high performance CD-R/RW recording and CD-R/RW and DVD-ROM playback.

Available with both PC Card and USB 2.0 interfaces, as well as easy to use PC and Mac software suites, Sony’s new drives offer users a range of options for adding a portable combo drive to their notebook, PC or Mac. Both combo drives are the first to support a 20X maximum write speed and are equipped with Sony’s Power-Burn™ technology. Designed to prevent buffer under-run and writing errors due to mechanical shocks, Power-Burn ensures more reliable recordings.

“The ultra slim and lightweight design of Sony’s new portable combo drives is ideal for mobile computer users who need to back up files, record CDs, and playback DVD-ROMs on the road,” said Toshi Naito, vice president of data storage for Sony Electronics’ Core Technology Solutions Company. “The drives are also a great option for those looking for an all-in-one solution for CD recording and DVD-ROM playback.”


Sony CD-RW Software Suite

The Sony CD-RW drives include a software suite that offers feature-intensive applications for Macintosh and Windows® platforms. The software suite also comes with an integrated product installer that provides users the ability to choose the software they prefer. Sony’s software bundle includes:

CyberLink PowerDVD™ (Windows), provides users with DVD-Video decoder software for playing back DVDs;

B’s Recorder Gold (Macintosh and Windows), lets users create back-up copies of CDs as well as customized video, music and data CDs from various file formats;

B’s Clip (Windows), allows users to drag and drop files and folders to a CD-RW disc as easily as to a floppy disk or hard drive;

Dantz Development’s Retrospect® Express (Macintosh and Windows), provides users with full-featured unattended backup and disaster recovery capability;

ArcSoft PhotoBase™ (Macintosh and Windows), allows users to create image, video and audio albums for easy management; share files in the form of slide shows, Web presentations or video postcards; and to store multimedia files on CDs;

ArcSoft PhotoStudio™ 2000 (Macintosh and Windows), lets users edit digital images with a wide selection of special effects and enhancements;

ArcSoft VideoImpression™ (Macintosh and Windows), offers a quick and easy way to create and edit videos and image files, as well as make desktop video productions for home, office or the Internet; and

MUSICMATCH® Jukebox™ (Windows), offers users a complete personal system to play, record, organize and discover new music with a guide to thousands of streams of personalized programming through MUSICMATCH Radio™.

The CRX85A/A1 model will include Windows only software, while the CRX85U/A2 model will include both Macintosh and Windows software.

Availability, Pricing and Warranty

The Sony Portable CD-RW and DVD-ROM Combo drive with the PCMIA Card (CRX85A/A1) will be available next month, while the USB 2.0 version (CRX85U/A2) will be available in the U.S. in December for an estimated price of $329. Sony CD-RW drives are available through resellers and retailers nationwide, mail order catalogs, and online shopping sites including SonyStyle.com.

Key Specifications

Sony Portable CD-RW and DVD-ROM Combo Drive with PC Card Interface
CRX85A/A1

Sony Portable CD-RW and DVD-ROM
Combo Drive with USB 2.0 Interface
CRX85U/A2

PC Card Interface

USB 2.0 External Interface

USB 1.1 compatible with sustained read speed of up to 8X and write speed up to 6X

20X Z-CLV recording (CD-R),
8X recording (CD-RW),

24X (max.) reading (CD-ROM),

8X (max) reading (DVD-ROM)

20X Z-CLV recording (CD-R),
8X recording (CD-RW),

24X (max.) reading (CD-ROM),

8X (max) reading (DVD-ROM)

Drive dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 5.3 inches
(W x H x L)

Drive dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 5.3 inches
(W x H x L)

Platform support: Windows98SE/2000/Me and soon Windows XP operating system

Platform support: Windows 98SE/2000/Me
and Windows XP operating system

OR Mac OS 9.0.4, 9.1, 9.2.1

Sustained Data Transfer Rates:
3.6MB/s max read, 3MB/s max write

Sustained Data Transfer Rates:
3.6MB/s max read, 3MB/s max write

Burst data transfer rate: 16.7MB/s max

Burst data transfer rate: 480Mbit/s max

Random access time: 160 ms (ave.)

Random access time: 160 ms (ave.)

Buffer memory: 8MB

Buffer memory: 8MB

Recording method: disc at once, track at once, session at once, fixed and variable packet writing

Recording method: disc at once, track at once, session at once, fixed and variable packet writing

Compatible disc format: CD-DA, Video CD, Photo CD (multisession), CD TEXT, CD Extra, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-I, Enhanced CD, UDF and Karaoke CD

Compatible disc format: CD-DA, Video CD, Photo CD (multisession), CD TEXT, CD Extra, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-I, Enhanced CD, UDF and Karaoke CD

Availability – November 2001

Availability – December 2001

ESP – $329

ESP – $329

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