Hitachi ships DVD-ROM drive
Hitachi America has started shipping its third-generation, GD-2500 DVD-ROM drive. Designed primarily for OEMs and resellers, the drive has a maximum transfer rate of
5.52MBps (15% faster than previous generation drives), and a data access rate of 180ms. The GD-2500 reads CD and pre-recorded DVD-R media, and can read data recorded on single- and dual-layer DVD-ROM discs. Prices range from $149 to $199. www.hitachi.co.jp.