MDI expands optical offerings
Micro Design International has added a number of optical hardware and software products, mostly in the CD-ROM arena. MDI now supports 24X Multiread CD-ROM drives in its line of standalone drives, towers, cabinets, and racks. Multiread technology ensures compatibility with all types of CD and DVD devices. (For more information about Multiread, go to www.multiread.com.) Drive access speed is 75ms; the data transfer rate is 3,600KBps. The CD-ROM enclosures can be configured as server-based or network-attached devices and come in a variety of configurations, including 8-drive and 16-drive towers ($5,395 and $11,495) and 32-drive and 56-drive cabinets ($25,695 and $53,995). Standalone drives are priced at $330.
MDI`s CD-Express Connect network-attached tower packs 35 CDs with 16X drives and can be attached directly to 10/100Base-T Ethernet or Token Ring LANs running any network protocol. Prices range from $3,995 to $10,495 in mini-changer configurations and from $3,995 to $7,199 without mini-changers.
The Express Library CD-ROM jukebox, designed by NSM Jukebox, includes one to five 12X CD-ROM drives and 60 to 120 CD slots, with disk-to-drive ratios ranging from 60:5 to 120:1. Prices range from $9,000 to $15,000, depending on configuration. All of MDI`s CD-ROM products work with the company`s SCSI Express software, including the recently released version 3.0 for Microsoft Windows NT.
MDI has also introduced the U-Stor drive, a 2.6GB writable magneto-optical (MO) device designed by Maxoptix. U-Stor has a maximum data transfer rate of 6MBps and is based on Light Intensity Modulation-Direct Overwrite (LIMDOW) technology. For more information about magneto-optical technology, visit the Optical Storage Technology Association`s (OSTA) Web site at www.osta.org. The U-Stor drive ranges from $1,920 for an internal unit to $2,095 for an external version.
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