Sony Introduces Second Generation Combination Drives For DVD+Rw/+R And CD-R/Rw

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Combo Drives Include Software Suite for Customizing DVDs and CDs
Sony Electronics today introduced its next generation of DVD+RW drives, which now also support write-once recording on DVD+R discs.
Both the DRU-120A ATAPI internal model and the DRX-120L i.LINK external burner combine DVD+RW/+R and CD-R/RW recording with DVD-ROM and CD-ROM playback – all in one device that delivers compelling features for burning DVDs and CDs.

The new DVD+RW/+R and CD-R/RW combo drives and software suite enable users to seamlessly back-up or store up to 4.7GB of computer data on a disc, transfer and convert more than two hours of high quality (MPEG-2) digital video footage from a camcorder or VCR, and play back DVD-ROM and CD-ROM discs.
Both models support up to 2.4X maximum writing speed for DVD+R/+RW discs, 12X maximum recording speed for CD-R discs, and 10X maximum recording speed for CD-RW discs. For users of i.LINK (IEEE 1394)-equipped PCs, the DRX-120L provides the convenience of plug-and-play connectivity and the ability to daisy-chain other i.LINK devices (such as DV camcorders) to the drive.

DVD+R media, with its write-once capabilities, offers users an alternative to DVD+RW media for permanent storage applications or for sharing content with others, due in part to their enhanced compatibility with existing DVD-Video players and DVD-ROM drives. DVD+RW media is fully re-writable, and is ideally suited for data back-up and personal storage.

“Already, consumers are realizing the benefits of DVD+RW technology,” said Toshi Naito, vice president of Component Solutions for Sony Electronics’ Core Technology Solutions Company. “With the introduction of a new software suite and a plug-and-play i.LINK DVD+RW drive, we are making it even easier for consumers to take full advantage of the multi-faceted benefits of CD and DVD recording.”

DVD&CD Software Suite

The combo drives come with a comprehensive software suite that allows users to create customized DVDs and CDs for video, music and data storage. The following are included in the software bundle:

B’s CLiP™ is packet writing software that allows users to drag and drop files and folders to DVD+RW and CD-RW discs as easily as to a floppy disk or hard drive;

B’s Recorder GOLD™ is mastering software that lets users create back-up copies of DVDs and CDs, as well as customized video, music and data DVDs and CDs from various file formats;

Retrospect® Express is full-featured back-up software that provide users with instant back-up and disaster recovery capabilities;

CyberLink’s PowerDVD is DVD-Video playing software that enables interactive viewing of both DVD-Video and Video CD discs on a PC;

MedioStream’s neoDVDstandard authoring software that allows users to easily create custom DVD-Video and Video CD discs from digital or analog video tape; and

MUSICMATCH® Jukebox™ offers users the most complete personal music system to play, record, organize and discover new music with a guide to thousands of streams of personalized music programming.

Availability, Pricing and Warranty

The Sony DRU-120A will be available in May for a suggested retail price of $499.99, and the DRX-120L model drive will be available in June for a suggested retail price of $599.99. Sony DVD+RW drives are sold through resellers and retailers nationwide, mail order catalogs, and select online shopping sites, including SonyStyle.com. Sony supports what it calls “worry-free” installation and easy operation with toll-free customer and technical service, Monday through Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CST, along with a one-year limited warranty from the original date of purchase.

About the DVD+RW Alliance

The DVD+RW Alliance is a voluntary group of industry-leading PC manufacturers, optical storage and electronics manufacturers, including Dell, Hewlett-Packard Company, MCC/Verbatim, Philips Electronics, Ricoh Company Ltd., Sony Corporation, Thomson Multimedia and Yamaha Corporation. The companies support the universally compatible, rewritable DVD+RW format that enables convergence between personal computing and consumer electronics products. DVD+R and DVD+RW discs written on DVD+RW/+R recorder can be read and played in most DVD-Video players and DVD-ROM drives. More than 40 additional companies have pledged support for DVD+R/+RW technology. Further details about the DVD+RW Alliance and supporting companies can be found at www.dvdrw.com

Key Specifications

Sony Combo DVD+RW/+R and CD-R/RW ATAPI Internal Drive – DRU-120A ATAPI (EIDE) internal interface

2.4X writing (DVD+R/+RW), 8X (max.) reading

12X (max.) writing (CD-R), 32X (max.) reading

10X* (max.) writing (CD-RW), 32X (max.)

reading

Dimensions: 5.73 x 1.63 x 7.53 inches (W x H x L)

Platform support: Windows 98SE/2000/Me/XP

Burst data transfer rate: 33MB/s max

Random access time: 140 ms (DVD), 120 ms (CD)

Buffer memory: 2MB

Recording method (CD): disc at once, track at once, session at once, and packet writing
(DVD): Random Access Write (DVD+RW), Sequential Write (DVD+R/+RW)

Compatible disc format: DVD-ROM, DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD-ROM, CD-DA, Video CD, Photo CD (multisession), CD TEXT, CD Extra and others

Availability – May 2002
Estimated Selling Price – $499.99

Sony Combo DVD+RW/+R and CD-R/RW i.LINK External Drive – DRX-120L

i.LINK external interface

2.4X writing (DVD+R/+RW), 8X (max.) reading

12X (max.) writing (CD-R), 32X (max.) reading

10X* (max.) writing (CD-RW), 32X (max.)

reading

Dimensions: 6.46 x 2.09 x 9.7 inches (W x H x L)

Platform support: Windows 98SE/2000/Me/XP

Burst data transfer rate: 400 Mbit/s

Random access time: 140 ms (DVD), 120 ms (CD)

Buffer memory: 2MB

Recording method (CD): disc at once, track at once, session at once, and packet writing
(DVD): Random Access Write (DVD+RW), Sequential Write (DVD+R/+RW)

Compatible disc format: DVD-ROM, DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD-ROM, CD-DA, Video CD, Photo CD (multisession), CD TEXT, CD Extra and others

Availability – June 2002
Estimated Selling Price – $599.99

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